Shapeshifters are a loosely-defined group of beings capable of assuming other shape and forms, often imitating other beings. They can be found in all colors of mana, but predominately in blue. The first creature to bear the type was Unstable Shapeshifter in Tempest. Vesuvan Doppelganger and Clone from Alpha, and Shapeshifter from Antiquities were later issued errata to become Shapeshifters, as well.
The dopplegangers and shapeshifters of the isle of Vesuva are as mysterious as they are notorious. The magical doubles of visitors to the island have to tread cautiously as their doubles are murderously envious of the "originals."
Shape Stealers are spirits of the Kakuriyo who manifest in the physical world bearing the shape of whatever is nearby.
Changelings[edit | edit source]
Changelings are relatively harmless, semi-sentient creatures native to Lorwyn.    They can be difficult to find, but they are quite distinctive when they are found, given their appearance. A changeling's standard appearance is that of a squat, greenish-blue humanoid with slightly scaly skin, large eyes, a translucent body, and frequently a forked tail. Their most noteworthy attribute is their involuntary ability to assume the shapes and characteristics of the creatures around them. This occurs no matter what type of creature is around, to their pleasure or annoyance, and sometimes it can result some truly dramatic changes, ex. Changeling Titan. It is believed they reproduce in the secret cave of Velis Vel.
Mimics[edit | edit source]
After the Great Aurora, the changelings were transformed into Shadowmoor's mimics, aggressive and vicious creatures that attack in packs while taking forms that resemble warped reflections of their victims.
Pucas[edit | edit source]
Found only in Shadowmoor, pucas are horse-headed shapeshifters whose moods swing wildly from mischief to malice.   They are amphibious and are particularly common near flooded swamps, mountain streams, and waterfalls.
Rath[edit | edit source]
Volrath's many experiments bore many results that took after their master.
Lupuls[edit | edit source]
Lupul is a name derived from the Old Ravi word for "lurker". Found solely in Ravnica, Lupuls are shapeshifters that follow the vampire Szadek. In their natural forms, they have the form of a mass of blue-white worms that can move as a single creature with surprising speed and dexterity. In this form they are similar to insects and as such those akin to the bugs can communicate with them and to some extent control them, one such example is Jarad the devkarin hunter. They shapeshift by consuming others, and once they have consumed a living thing in their natural form, they can later change into that creature's form whenever they choose. Lupuls are extremely stealthy and nearly impossible to catch.
Thought to have been defeated centuries before the Decamillennial, they resurfaced under Szadek's commands, until his control was disrupted by Jarad. They resurfaced again years later impersonating the nephilims of yore. In the game, Lupuls are represented by the card Mindleech Mass.
Humanoids[edit | edit source]
Tribal - Shapeshifter[edit | edit source]
- Blades of Velis Vel
- Crib Swap
- Ego Erasure
- Nameless Inversion
- Shields of Velis Vel
- Wings of Velis Vel
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- In the Grand Creature Type Update the creature types Clone, Doppelganger and Shyft were changed into Shapeshifter.
- The creature type of the Lurker was changed from "Lurker" to Beast, not to Shapeshifter (cf. Lupul, above).
Tokens[edit | edit source]
|Shapeshifter||Colorless||Creature — Shapeshifter||1/1||Changeling|
| Zombie Shapeshifter Cleric
named Vizier of Many Faces
|White||Creature — Zombie Shapeshifter Cleric||0/0||You may have Vizier of Many Faces enter the battlefield as any creature on the battlefield, except it has no mana cost, it's white and it's a Zombie in addition to its other types.|
References[edit | edit source]
- Doug Beyer. (November 21, 2007.) "This Article is Every Creature Type at All Times", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
- Magic Arcana. (November 20, 2007.) "Flexible Changelings", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
- Magic Arcana. (February 28, 2008.) "Lorwyn Style Guide: How to draw Changelings", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
- Doug Beyer. (July 09, 2008.) "Selkies and Subtypes", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
- Doug Beyer. (July 30, 2008.) "Concepting Eventide, Part 2", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]