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I played a Lightning Bolt during my turn (3 damage to target creature or player) to kill a face down creature. Then, my opponent said he was going to morph the creature which was a 0/5 defender with flying (Monastery Flock).

Can my opponent morph a dead creature, or does morphing the creature save it because it is a 0/5 and Lightning Bolt only deals 3 damage?

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    You might want to have a look at the basic rules, which will answer a lot of questions you might run into. (For this case, they'll mention the stack.) – Cascabel Apr 6 '15 at 4:53
  • Just an aside, Morphing doesn't use the stack. – John Apr 6 '15 at 14:57
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Yes morphing will save it because your opponent will get a chance to reposnd after you cast your spell and there is a ruling related to morphing the card that would apply here

Any time you have priority, you may turn the face-down creature face up by revealing what its morph cost is and paying that cost. This is a special action. It doesn’t use the stack and can’t be responded to. Only a face-down permanent can be turned face up this way; a face-down spell cannot.

So this would allow him to morph it and turn it into a 0/5 creature which would save it.

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    I think this warrants a bit of explanation - the OP said "can he morph a dead creature?" But the creature isn't dead yet when they cast Lightning Bolt targeting it; Lightning Bolt goes on the stack and everyone gets a chance to respond (as you say) with things including morph but also other instants and activated abilities, and only when that's all done does it resolve and (maybe) kill the creature. – Cascabel Apr 6 '15 at 5:37
  • Thanks guys, I really appreciate the input. I am still learning things and it is good to have a place like this to ask direct questions and get answers from people in the know! Thanks again everyone! – user12298 Apr 7 '15 at 5:20
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