Skeleton

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Skeleton
Skeleton.jpg
Creature type
(Subtype for creature/tribal cards)
Statistics 49 cards
{B} 79.6% {R} 2% {G} 2% {U/B} 6.1% {B/R} 4.1% {W/B} 2% {B/G} 4.1%
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type:"Skeleton"

A Skeleton is comprised of the bones of a creature. In Magic, the creature type is used for cards that depict the magically animated bones of deceased creatures.

Description[edit | edit source]

Skeletons are with two exceptions, Viashino Skeleton and Golgari Grave-Troll, Black. There are also the two multicolored cards Skeleton Ship and Kathari Remnant which are also Blue. Skeletons are closely associated with the ability Regeneration.

Most often Skeletons are of Human origin, but that subtype is never added. This is different with other creatures. Known Skeletons include Dragons, Crocodiles, Snakes, Wurms and Walls.

Skeletons have become intertwined with the mechanical ability to keep coming back. In Alpha, it started with regeneration but now R&D tends to give them some kind of limited self reanimation.[1]

Altered Chinese art[edit | edit source]

The People's Republic of China frowns on the public display of human or humanoid skeletons and Magic cards are no exception. For this reason the artwork of many chinese-language cards depicting skeletons, though not necessarily of the type skeleton, had to be altered to make it possible to sell the product.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9] This practice was abandoned for Shards of Alara. While skeletons are still not exactly "polite," they have turned more into an unlucky symbol that the older generation reacts much more strongly to than the younger, games-playing population.[10]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Tokens[edit | edit source]

Token Color Type P/T Additional Rules Source Printings
Skeleton Black Creature — Skeleton 1/1 {B}: Regenerate this creature.
Heroes of the Realm
Token Color Type P/T Additional Rules Source Printings
Skeleton Black Creature — Skeleton 1/1 When this creature dies, each opponent gains 2 life.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater (October 06, 2016). "Some trivia about Skeletons?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  2. Magic Arcana (March 13, 2002). "Chinese Skeletons (Urza's Saga and Sixth Edition)". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Magic Arcana (February 12, 2002). "Chinese art (Seventh Edition)". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Worth Wollpert (April 18, 2005). "Ask Wizards". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Magic Arcana (November 14, 2005). "Alternate Chinese Art in Ravnica, Part 1". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Magic Arcana (November 30, 2005). "Alternate Chinese Art in Ravnica, Part 2". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Magic Arcana (December 14, 2005). "Alternate Chinese Art in Ravnica, Part 3". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Magic Arcana (February 23, 2006). "Alternate Chinese Art in Guildpact, Part 1". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Magic Arcana (March 06, 2006). "Alternate Chinese Art in Guildpact, Part 2". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Magic Arcana (November 13, 2008). "Ask Wizards?". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Monty Ashley (October 04, 2011). "Sketches: Manor Skeleton". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.