Imagine I have an Equipment attached to something, e.g. a Chariot of Victory on a Runeclaw Bear. I then enchant that equipment with Ensoul Artifact.

Would the Equipment card still grant its effects to the creature it was attached to? Additionally, would it still be able to attack? Or is it treated more like an enchanted creature?

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    Your question was a little hard to follow - I tried to edit it into something clear, but I'm not 100% sure if it asks everything you were trying to ask. Please edit further if not!
    – Cascabel
    Apr 7, 2015 at 21:16
  • Are you asking whether the equipment will gain the effets of ensoul artifact, or if it will gain its own effects? Apr 8, 2015 at 4:42
  • @doppelgreener I'm asking for: will the equipment grant its effects to its "equiper" and also can still be tapped by it self to attack, as a creature can do.
    – Zaibis
    Apr 8, 2015 at 5:33
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    @Zaibis Oh. Are you asking if it can still be equipped to something, and give its effects to that thing, while also being a creature that can attack on its own? Apr 8, 2015 at 5:38
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    @doppelgreener: exactly thats what I asked other wise I guess it would be a duplicate ^^
    – Zaibis
    Apr 8, 2015 at 5:38

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An Equipment Creature can't be attached to anything, so there is no Equipped Creature to which to grant a boon. If a Chariot of Victory was animated using Ensoul Artifact, it would not grant First Strike, Trample and Haste to anything, much less itself.

301.5a The creature an Equipment is attached to is called the “equipped creature.” The Equipment is attached to, or “equips,” that creature.

It's impossible to use the Equip ability of Creature Equipment.

301.5c An Equipment that’s also a creature can’t equip a creature. [...]

If for some reason an Creature Equipment is attached to an object or player, it will cease to be when State-Based actions are performed.

704.5q If a creature is attached to an object or player, it becomes unattached and remains on the battlefield. Similarly, if a permanent that’s neither an Aura, an Equipment, nor a Fortification is attached to an object or player, it becomes unattached and remains on the battlefield.

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    Wouldn't 301.5c actually stop you from attaching a creature equipment to itself? The SBA handles the case where an attached equipment becomes a creature, but 301.5c prevents a creature equipment from becoming attached.
    – Hao Ye
    Apr 7, 2015 at 23:03
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    FYI the question has been edited to capture the asker's intentions. They were not trying to ask about whether the equipment would gain its own equip benefits. Apr 8, 2015 at 5:56
  • @doppelgreener, np. Already covered by my answer
    – ikegami
    Apr 8, 2015 at 6:37
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    @ikegami: does this technically mean: I can technically pay the costs for equipping it, but after that it will instantly unequip and remain in a state it was before (as long the equiping process didn't changed anything in its state)?
    – Zaibis
    Apr 8, 2015 at 11:47
  • @ikegami I'm pretty sure that "can't equip" in rule 301.5c refers to the definition of "equips" in rule 301.5a. It is not saying that you can't activate the equip ability.
    – Pablo
    Apr 8, 2015 at 13:30

If you use Ensoul Artifact on an equipment it will not gain the effects it grants to the equipped creature. This is because the equipment is not equipping itself (it can't equip anything as long as it is a creature). So a Bonesplitter enchanted with Ensoul Artifact will be a 5/5, not 7/5.

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    FYI the question has been edited to capture the asker's intentions. It is asking about something different to this. Apr 8, 2015 at 5:56

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