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Living Weapon

What is living weapon?
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Living Weapon is an ability introduced in Mirrodin Besieged. It always goes with Equipment. Normally when Equipment enters the battlefield, it just stays there until you equip it to a creature. But with Living weapon, you automatically equip it to a new 0/0 black Germ creature that comes on the battlefield!

Living weapon automatically makes the equipment better. Why? Because you get a free creature with your equipment. Take the equipment you see here, Lashwrithe. When Lashwrithe enters the battlefield, you basically pay 4 mana for a 0/0 that gets +1/+1 for each swamp you control. So you paid 4 mana for an equipment and a creature!

All equipment that has Living weapon has to give the 0/0 some toughness. If a living weapon equipment said "Equipped creature gets +3/+0," the living weapon ability would be completely useless since a creature with 0 toughness will die. So if you take a look at equipment with living weapon, every single one will give the equipped creature at least some toughness.

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