Harpy

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Harpy is a seldom used black and blue creature type used for cards that depict ravenous, filthy monsters that have a woman's head and a bird's body.

History[edit | edit source]

The first card named Harpy was Screeching Harpy in Tempest, but it had the subtype Beast. Two other cards followed: Molting Harpy in Mercadian Masques (which was only a Mercenary) and the multicolored Cavern Harpy in Planeshift (a Beast again).

In the Grand Creature Type Update the Harpy was specifically introduced as an additional subtype for these three cards.[1] After that, no Harpy was printed until the Theros block.

Storyline[edit | edit source]

Theros[edit | edit source]

The harpies of Theros are monstrous bird women that behave like vultures or corvids, attacking the weak and stealing objects.[2]

Ixalan[edit | edit source]

Harpies on Ixalan resemble owls rather than vultures. They are the servants of Ixalan's demons and usually live in rocky cliffs near the sea.[3] They are thought to have once been Sirens due to their close resemblance. Their bite carries dangerous diseases.

Harpy tokens[edit | edit source]

Token Color Type P/T Additional Rules Source Printings
Harpy Black Creature — Harpy 1/1 Flying

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater November 18, 2002. “Beast of Show”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Planeswalker's Guide To Theros part 3
  3. James Wyatt. (January 9, 2018.) “Plane Shift: Ixalan”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
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