My opponent is playing an exalted deck and I am playing Pyxis of Pandemonium. The exalted text reads:

Whenever a creature you control attacks alone, that creature gets +1/+1 until the end of the turn.

After my opponent declares attackers but before we move into the declare blockers phase I activate Pyxis of Pandemonium's second ability:

Each player turns face up all cards he or she owns exiled with Pyxis of Pandemonium, then puts all permanent cards among them onto the battlefield.

As a result my opponent gets permanents that have the exalted ability. Will these newly created permanents exalted ability trigger or have they entered the battlefield too late? Does my opponent have the opportunity to change his attackers as we are still in the declare attackers phase? (not to the new creatures however as they will have summoning sickness)

  • The Judge's Corner has a great video on Youtube that covers the differences between "Attacking", "Attacked", "Blocked", and "Blocking". They cover every little detail of the phases, and they go over what triggers and what doesn't.
    – Rainbolt
    Jul 7, 2014 at 13:59

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The creatures enter the battlefield too late for their "exalted" abilities to trigger. "Whenever [object] attacks" abilities only trigger when attackers are actually declared; as the newly un-exiled creatures were not on the battlefield at that time, their abilities did not trigger, and they cannot trigger after the event has already taken place.

508.2a Abilities that trigger on a creature attacking trigger only at the point the creature is declared as an attacker.

Also, your opponent cannot change attackers after they have already been successfully declared, regardless of what step you're on.

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    I think you should reference rule 703.1 to provide support for the second half of your answer. Here is the relevant piece: Turn-based actions are game actions that happen automatically when certain steps or phases begin, or when each step and phase ends. Declaring attackers is a turn-based action, which explains why it can only happen at a very specific time.
    – Rainbolt
    Jul 7, 2014 at 14:25

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