Griffin

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Griffin is a mainly white creature type used for cards that depict a fabled race of semi-intelligent beasts that resemble a cross between a bird of prey (typically an eagle) and a large cat (typically a lion).

Griffins[edit | edit source]

Head and wings of griffins are birdlike, the body and hindparts are lionesque.

Alara[edit | edit source]

Alaran griffins are rare, mostly found in Naya. An example is the Retaliator Griffin, who are known for their swift execution of justice.

Dominaria[edit | edit source]

Griffins are most prominent in northwestern Jamuraa on Dominaria. A famous griffin from this region was Zuberi, Golden Feather, also one of the first Griffins seeing print and a Griffin Lord.

Innistrad[edit | edit source]

The griffins of Innistrad are true allies of humanity. Silverclaw Griffins are known to patrol around grafs and slay any undead that may rise from them.

Ixalan[edit | edit source]

The griffins of Ixalan live in the jungle and have the hind legs of jaguars and the heads and plumage of jungle parrots.[1] They are intelligent and noble, and they share the River Heralds’ desire to ensure that the power of the Immortal Sun is never again unleashed on the world.[2]

Ravnica[edit | edit source]

Ravnican griffins were originally piscivores, who later adapted to hunting in the streets after Ravnicas oceans dried up. Several wild griffins now stalk the city and prey on those not able to defend themselves. The Boros use them as mounts and the Azorius are known to feed lawbreakers to them. These griffins develop a resistance to magic.

Shandalar[edit | edit source]

On Shandalar, the Knights of Thune are known to fight alongside an order of griffin riders.

Theros[edit | edit source]

Theran Griffins are reclusive creatures that live along the borders of Phoberos. They hunt for food in the chaparral, and their keen eyes sense the slightest movement in the scrubland. Wild griffins are ferocious and hunt small humans, killing them with a single blow and carrying them off into their treetop aeries to devour them. Several Meletis hoplites have managed to tame griffins as mounts over the years.[3] Some of these griffins are able to venture into the Aether and return with secrets. Skeletal griffins also serve Athreos to catch the souls of the unwilling dead.

Zendikar[edit | edit source]

Zendikar's griffins are distantly related to its felidar population. Larger griffin species are about the size of horses and can be ridden. Indeed, such griffins are often the only reliable means of reaching certain remote locations, particularly in Akoum. Smaller griffins range from the size of donkeys to large dogs, and are trained to carry messages or supplies without a rider.[4]Young griffins are known to be incredible curious.

Hippogriffs[edit | edit source]

Hippogriff is a separate subtype. Hippogriffs resemble griffins but have the body and hind parts of a horse instead of a cat. An example is Razor Hippogriff from Scars of Mirrodin.

Gryffs[edit | edit source]

Gryffs are Innistrads elegant, heron-headed species of Hippogriff. Gryffs are longer and leaner than the traditional Innistrad griffin, with flexible necks, sleek hindquarters, lance-like beaks, and equine hooves. Gryffs are swift and nimble flyers, natural enemies of dark creatures, and a powerful force for the side of Avacyn and her angels. They are used by human knights as flying steeds. After Emrakul's arrival, some became twisted by the Eldrazi's power.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Tokens[edit | edit source]

Token Color Type P/T Additional Rules Source Printings
Griffin White Creature — Griffin 2/2 Flying


References[edit | edit source]

  1. Doug Beyer. (January 05, 2018.) "I’m Glad You Finally Found a Home, Paroot Griffin Concept!", A Voice for Vorthos, Tumblr.
  2. James Wyatt. (January 9, 2018.) “Plane Shift: Ixalan”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. The Magic Creative Team. (September 04, 2013.) “Planeswalker's Guide to Theros, Part 3”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Wizards of the Coast. (April 27, 2016.) “Plane Shift: Zendikar”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
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