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Creature type
(Subtype for creature/tribal cards)
Statistics 381 cards
{C} 0.3% {W} 5% {U} 10.2% {B} 7.3% {R} 19.7% {G} 42.8% {W/U} 0.3% {U/B} 0.3% {B/R} 0.8% {R/G} 1.8% {G/W} 1.6% {W/B} 0.3% {U/R} 0.3% {B/G} 1.3% {R/W} 0.8% {G/U} 2.4% {M} 2.4% {artifact symbol} 2.6%
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Beast is a catch-all creature type used for large, monstrous, animal-like creatures.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

The first creature to bear the type was Beasts of Bogardan in Legends (though the Clockwork Beast from Alpha and Guardian Beast from Arabian Nights were later issued errata to become beasts), but it wasn't until Tempest that the "beast" subtype attained widespread usage. Later, in the Odyssey and Onslaught blocks, "beast" became a common "tribe" with considerable inter-card support.

Grand Creature Type Update[edit | edit source]

In the Grand Creature Type Update the creature types Carnivore (Tooth and Claw), Lurker (Lurker), Villain (Spinal Villain) and Frostbeast (Kjeldoran Frostbeast) were changed into Beast. On the other hand Glowing Anemone was changed from Beast to Anemone, while later reverting to Beast and gaining the added Jellyfish type. Warthog shortly was a Beast (Warthog) before being turned into a Boar.

Specific types of Beasts[edit | edit source]

Type Example Native in Description Storyline
Alms Beasts Alms Beast Ravnica Giant, muscular, hairless, grey beasts which can be ridden by groups of people. Used by the Orzhov.
Anurids Anurid Barkripper Dominaria (Otaria) Amphibious, frog-like creatures. Appear to be water-dwelling.
Aquamoebae Aquamoeba Dominaria Watery elementals
Aquuses Aquus Steed Ravnica Sleek amphibious horse-like creatures with a crest on the head like a fish's fin. Graceful in water but darts and jerks on land. No-one can ride it for long due to its darting and jerking.
Arashin War Beasts Arashin War Beast Tarkir Hairy muscular beasts with metal armour on backs, able to stand on hind legs and perform magic. Used by the Temur.
Arborback Stompers Arborback Stomper Kaladesh Woody beasts with green stripes, green ferns growing from their backs, a horn coming from the top of their snouts and small crests coming from the back of their heads. Altered by touching the aether, having been drawn there like a magnetic force. It is unclear which of its unusual qualities are due to the aether, and which are natural.
Arc-Sloggers Arc-Slogger Mirrodin Pink, hairless, six-legged, with one eye, an electric tail and spikes protruding from their backs, with electricity at the end of them. They smell of ozone.
Avaraxes Avarax Dominaria (Otaria) Vaguely humanoid, reddish orange, two pairs of arms, covered in red spikes, no eyes, big mouths and sharp teeth. They have the ability to call each other together.
Axebane Beasts Axebane Beast Ravnica Spikes on back similar to a pinecone, four pairs of tusks each progressively smaller as you go back, elephantine feet. Extremely territorial and short-tempered. Known to the urban hunters.
Baloths Obstinate Baloth Dominaria
Lizard-like creatures, often with horns protruding from their heads and backs.
Most have sharp claws and daggerlike teeth.[2]
However, some forms native to Zendikar resemble rhinoceroses or Stegosauruses with hooves.
Favored by Garruk
Batterhorns Batterhorn Ravnica Giant horned predators. Very destructive creatures when they enter densely inhabited areas.
Beasts of Bogardan Beasts of Bogardan Dominaria (Bogardan) Fiery dog-like creatures. Some were summoned by Johan to fight Jedit Ojanen in Palmyra.
Binoxes Charging Binox Kylem Two-headed horned predators, bred for flashiness and foul temper Used in the arena of Valor's Reach.
Bogstompers Bogstomper Unknown (possibly Skalla) Enormous animals somewhere between a crocodile and an elephant with vegetation growing on back, described as gentle herbivores At some point Vivien Reid encountered at least one - she seems to know a lot about them
Catoblepas Loathsome Catoblepas Theros It has the body of an ox, the head of a boar, and scales on its back.[3]
Cerodons Bull Cerodon Dominaria (Otaria)


Alara (Naya)

Massive horned creatures that move suprisingly silently, but also can produce terrifying screams.[4]
Craghorns Battering Craghorn Alara (Naya)
Giant goat-like creatures with large horns.
Darba Darba Dominaria (Jamuraa) Enormous bird beasts, that are relatives of the parea.
They can grow upwards of twenty-five feet and are capable of picking up oxen in their beaks.
They would attack even well-armed Keldon encampments in search of food.
Fangren Fangren Pathcutter Mirrodin Humanoid creatures, propelling themselves on two legs while their frontal extremities bear sharp claws.
They have antelope-like heads and horns but maws with dagger-like teeth.
Big ones hunt the elves, so the elves hunt the small ones to keep them from getting big.
Ferox Nullhide Ferox Ravnica Large hairy predators. All fangs, tusks and claws.
Firebeasts Goretusk Firebeast Dominaria (Otaria) Fiery elemental creatures, resembling oxen or boars. As a youth, Kamahl took one for a pet.
Gargadons Lesser Gargadon Dominaria Enormous elephant-like beasts with horns. Used as war-beasts in Keld.
Gnarr Glade Gnarr Dominaria Akin to a mix between a raptor and an antelope. Long thought merely a Dominarian legend.
Gnarlid Gnarlid Pack Zendikar Wolverine -like beast with horns.
Gournas Needleshot Gourna Dominaria (Otaria) Treeclimbing scaled anteaters from Krosa.
Guardian Beast Guardian Beast Rabiah A powerful multilimbed, shadowy creature Found in the workshop of El Hajjaj, guarding the City in a Bottle.
It was fought off by the Dervish Taysir.
Hystrodons Macetail Hystrodon Dominaria (Otaria) Ankylosaur-like beasts.
Indriks Indrik Stomphowler Ravnica Massive beasts similar to prehistoric indricotheres.
Possibly named after the slavic mythological creature that named that group as well.[5]
Jiaos Leopard-Spotted Jiao Plane of Mountains and Seas This strange beast has the hide of a leopard, the howl of a dog, and the horns of an ox.
Kronch Raging Kronch Ravnica Snorting and drooling beasts with many tusks and horns, employed by the Gruul.
Krovods Bazaar Krovod Ravnica Large horned ox-like creatures. Often used as beasts of burden.
Krushoks Feral Krushok Tarkir Large, rhino-like beasts.
Laccoliths Laccolith Warrior Rath Large stone humanoids. Employed by Volrath.
Leucrocota Ravenous Leucrocota Theros Reptilian horse-lions.
Lorians Treespring Lorian Dominaria (Otaria) Ferocious sloth-like beasts living in the treetops of Krosa.
Manglehorns Manglehorn Amonkhet The name says it all.
Monox Dominaria A large mount used by Jedit Ojanen. An ungainly brute half the size of an elephant with the ugliest features of camel and horse.[6][7]
Nodorogs Gruul Nodorog Ravnica Lean predators with three horns and large claws.
Primadoxes Roaring Primadox Shandalar Bipedal ape-like monsters with large fangs.
Rigida Dominaria (Terisiare) Ice Beasts. They overran the state of Almaaz immediately after the Brothers' War.
Shaleskins Shaleskin Plower Dominaria (Otaria) Enormous reptiles with stone-like skins.
Si Earthshaking Si Plane of Mountains and Seas Maned pedatores with one long horn on their noses.
Slaughterhorns Slaughterhorn Ravnica Unpredictable ox-like creature with multiple horns.[8] Associated with the Gruul.
Snapjaw Adaptive Sanpjaw Ravnica Part toad, part lizard, possibly part mouse. Artificially created by the Simic.
Snidds Sea Snidd Rath
Land-transforming eel-like creatures with limbs.
Thoctars Woolly Thoctar Alara Some of the most ferocious and deadly gargantuans from Naya.
Thragtusks Thragtusk Shandalar Longhaired, fanged, aurochs-like beasts.
Tyrranaxes Alpha Tyrranax Mirrodin. Large, metal-enhanced reptiles.[9]
Vizzerdrixes Vizzerdrix Dominaria Vicious rabbit-beasts
Vorracs Copperhoof Vorrac Mirrodin. Metal-enhanced beasts, similar to giant warthogs.[10] Source of the famous Vorrac Battlehorns[11]
Wumpuses Hunted Wumpus Dominaria (Shiv)
They are elephant-like but with a woolly head and gigantic teeth, and without a trunk.
Their hooves may have claws.
Zheng Ferocious Zheng Plane of Mountains and Seas Known for their glowing horn and stone-rattling roar.
These cat beasts are the fiercest predators in the forest.
Zeppelids Assault Zeppelid Ravnica Long, with no normal features, small green wart-like features on their undersides, large, inflated, green air-sacs on top, a honeycomb texture on the rest of it. Able to fly, probably with the air-sacs. Created by the Simic, intended to create a fierce bidding war between the Orzhov and Azorius to fund the final stages of Project Kraj.

Tokens[edit | edit source]

Token Color Type P/T Additional Rules Source Printings
Beast Black Creature — Beast 3/3 Deathtouch
Green Creature — Beast 2/2
Green Creature — Beast 4/2
Green Creature — Beast 3/3
Green Creature — Beast 4/4
Green Creature — Beast 5/5
Green Creature — Beast 5/5 Trample
Red/Green Creature — Beast 4/4 Trample
Red/Green/White Creature — Beast 8/8
Colorless Artifact Creature — Beast 6/6
named Carnivore
Red Creature — Beast 3/1
named Caller of the Pack
White Creature — Beast 8/6 Trample

Trivia[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater (November 18, 2002). "Beast of Show". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Doug Beyer (August 10, 2011). "Magic's Exclusive Creatures". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Trick Jarrett (November 08, 2013). "What is a Catoblepas?". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Plane Shift: Amonkhet
  5. Matt Cavotta (August 09, 2006). "The Incredible Hulk". Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Legend of Jedit Ojanen
  7. Clayton Emery (2001). jedit. Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Trick Jarrett (May 10, 2013). "Bloodrush Art". Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Doug Beyer (March 16, 2011). "Six Secrets Behind the Sets". Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Magic Arcana (May 14, 2007). "The Ferocious Vorrac". Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Monty Ashley (September 27, 2010). "Copperhorn". Wizards of the Coast.