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Creature type
(Subtype for creature/tribal cards)
Statistics 10 cards
{R} 80% {R/G} 10% {M} 10%
as of Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths
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Manticore is a creature type describing sentient, ill-tempered monsters with lion-like bodies, wings jutting from the shoulders, a scorpion's tail, a human face, and a mouth filled with multiple rows of razor-sharp teeth.[1]

After Crimson Manticore from Legends, two other red Manticores were printed: Flailing Manticore in Mercadian Masques and Conquering Manticore in Rise of the Eldrazi. Sawback Manticore from Mirage and Chromanticore from Born of the Gods are multicolored. The manticores from Amonkhet are red again.

Storyline[edit | edit source]

Amonkhet[edit | edit source]

The Manticores of Amonkhet are wingless, with the bodies and heads of great cats, spiked legs and a scorpion tail. They are used in the trials of the five gods to test the inhabitants of Naktamun.[2] Some were zombified and joined Bolas' army of Eternals.

Dominaria[edit | edit source]

Dominarian manticores have the wings of a bat. They are known to see every other creature than their own as food. A crimson manticore in the service of Geyadrone Dihada once attacked Dakkon Blackblade on Corondor, and was killed.

Mercadia[edit | edit source]

In contrast to most Manticores, those on Mercadia have feathered wings.

Theros[edit | edit source]

Theran Manticores live in the far reaches of Theros, beyond leonin lands. A manticore has the body of a lion, a human-like head with many rows of teeth, and a deadly tail. Akroans say each manticore is the reincarnated spirit of a once-great warrior, part of an army slaughtered defending its homeland from archons. The warriors were so full of life and valor that the gods intervened and transformed them into manticores.[3] It is said that Purphoros forged the manicore's tail from bronze, its teeth from silver, and its heart from hate.[4]

Zendikar[edit | edit source]

Manticores like the conquering manticore are known to exist on the plane. These creatures are feared and always obeyed.

Tokens[edit | edit source]

Token Color Type P/T Additional Rules Source Printings
Zombie Manticore
named Heart-Piercer Manticore
White Creature — Zombie Manticore 4/3 When Heart-Piercer Manticore enters the battlefield, you may sacrifice another creature. When you do, Heart-Piercer Manticore deals damage equal to that creature's power to target creature or player.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Bonnie Bruenderman (February 07, 2014). "Monster Menagerie: Manticores". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Plane Shift: Amonkhet
  3. The Magic Creative Team (September 04, 2013). "Planeswalker's Guide to Theros, Part 3". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Flavor text for Dreamstalker Manticore