Spirit

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Spirit is a creature type that may represent a sentient or non-sentient entity composed of energy related to a deceased, a worshipped object or concept.

Description[edit | edit source]

A spirit's origin may be related to the way the previous being was killed- as a vengeful spirit (as featured in Shadowmoor), as a form of undead (as seen in the Orzhov Syndicate), or as an aspect of life (as the kami of Kamigawa). [1] [2]

Spirits appear in all colors. The first creatures printed with the type were Radjan Spirit and Thunder Spirit in Legends. After the Grand Creature Type Update, Spirit became a common "tribe" which incorporated several earlier creature types. Retroactively Dancing Scimitar from Arabian Nights became the first Spirit in the game.

Cards in Kamigawa block with Spiritcraft have triggered effects whenever a Spirit or Arcane spell is played. In the Innistrad block blue and white Spirits (Geists) are a supported tribe. [3] [4] [5]

Notable spirits[edit | edit source]

Innistrad[edit | edit source]

  • Traft
  • The Drogskoll — A group of spirits patrolling the moors. One a large militia that fell to a horde of the unhallowed. [6]

Kamigawa[edit | edit source]

Main article: Kami

Ravnica[edit | edit source]

Tarkir[edit | edit source]

Fiora[edit | edit source]

Creature Update[edit | edit source]

Creature types changed into Spirit include:

Spirit tokens[edit | edit source]

Token Color Type P/T Additional Rules Source
Spirit Black Creature — Spirit */*
Blue Creature — Spirit 1/1 Flying
Colorless Creature — Spirit 1/1
White Creature — Spirit 1/1 Flying
White Creature — Spirit 3/3 Flying
White/Black Creature — Spirit 1/1 Flying
White/Black Enchantment Creature — Spirit */* This creature's power and toughness are each equal to the number of experience counters you have.
Spirit Warrior Black/Green Creature — Spirit Warrior X/X
Demon Spirit
named Urami
Black Legendary Creature — Demon Spirit 5/5 Flying
Dragon Spirit Blue Creature — Dragon Spirit 5/5 Flying
Spirit
named Banshee of the Dread Choir
Black Creature — Spirit 4/4 Myriad
Whenever Banshee of the Dread Choir deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card.

Spirit manlands and artifacts[edit | edit source]

Spirits are also created by:

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater. (October 11, 2004.) "That’s the Spirit", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  2. Doug Beyer. (December 12, 2007.) "Goodies from the Mailbag", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  3. Mark Rosewater. (September 05, 2011.) "C'mon Innistrad, Part 1", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  4. Monty Ashley. ( April 05, 2012.) "Look Out! A Ghost!", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  5. Magic Creative Team. (October 19, 2011.) “A Planeswalker's Guide to Innistrad: Nephalia and the Undead”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. James Wyatt 2016, "The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Innistrad".
  7. Magic Arcana. (October 31, 2005.) "Sketches: Keening Banshee", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  8. Mark Rosewater. (November 10, 2003.) "Make No Mistake", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  9. Magic Arcana. (May 06, 2003.) "Hyalopterous Wha..?!", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  10. Magic Arcana. (July 21, 2005.) “What's a Bunrei?”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Magic Arcana. (December 01, 2005.) “Ravnica Hunted Tokens 2”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Magic Arcana. (May 03, 2005.) “Oyobi Spirit Token Art”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Magic Arcana. (June 14, 2005.) “Urami token art”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.