Activated abilities include a colon and are written in the form â€œ[cost]: [effect].â€ Triggered abilities and static abilities of the named card work normally.
Once Pithing Needle has left the battlefield, activated abilities of sources with the chosen name can be activated again.
You can name any card, even if that card doesnâ€™t normally have an activated ability. You canâ€™t name a token unless that token has the same name as a card.
Pithing Needle affects cards regardless of what zone theyâ€™re in. This includes cards in hand, cards in the graveyard, and exiled cards. For example, a player canâ€™t cycle Eternal Dragon or return an Eternal Dragon from their graveyard to hand if Pithing Needle naming Eternal Dragon is on the battlefield.
If you name a card that has both a mana ability and another activated ability, the mana ability can be activated but the other ability canâ€™t be activated.
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