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Creature type
(Subtype for creature/tribal cards)
Statistics 388 cards
{W} 0.3% {U} 1.3% {B} 15.5% {R} 35.8% {G} 28.1% {B/R} 3.9% {R/G} 4.6% {G/W} 1.8% {B/G} 3.9% {R/W} 0.3% {G/U} 1.3% {M} 2.8% {artifact symbol} 0.5%
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Shaman is a creature class.

Description[edit | edit source]

While the word Shaman has shown up in flavor text since the early days (for example Anarchy), the creature type itself only dates back to Mirrodin (for example Spikeshot Goblin). That set featured the new race/class model. Creative needed to flesh out the classes, and found that wizards showed up in too high a volume. The Shaman creature type was created to help sub-categorize the types of magic-users in the game.[1] Afterwards some earlier cards, like Sunastian Falconer from Legends, also gained the type.[2][3]

Shamans are similar to wizards in that their magic comes from rituals, lore, and years of practice, but their craft has an emotional and spiritual component reminiscent of druids. Wizards were defined as more formally trained. They went to schools and studied their craft. Shamans have a more wild connection to their magic; they are common among the more primitive red, green, and black-aligned races, including elves, goblins, and treefolk, whom they serve as protectors and spiritual leaders.

Shamans are predominantly red and green.[4] They are the primary red spellcasting class.

Animists[edit | edit source]

Animists are shamans who are able to communicate with all parts of land and nature. Nissa Revane was the last animist of Zendikar.

Flamespeakers[edit | edit source]

Flamespeakers are a shamanic order dedicated to Purphoros, the god of the forge. They worship strange eidolons said to inhabit the volcanoes and cracks in the great mountains of Akros and are regarded as seers by the population.[5]

Whisperers[edit | edit source]

Temur magic of Tarkir is highly shamanistic, with a strong elemental flavor. Shamans call their magic "whispering" and speak of the frozen memories and even the frozen spirits of the ancestors.[6]

Notable Shamans[edit | edit source]

Kamigawa[edit | edit source]

On Kamigawa a shaman is called yamabushi “One who lies in mountains.” This refers to mountain hermits who practice the ancient shamanic arts.

Tribal type[edit | edit source]

Morningtide featured Thornbite Staff Shaman equipment which was cheaper to cast with Bosk Banneret.

Tokens[edit | edit source]

Token Color Type P/T Additional Rules Source Printings
Elemental Shaman Red Creature — Elemental Shaman 3/1
Red Creature — Elemental Shaman 3/1 Haste
Treefolk Shaman Green Creature — Treefolk Shaman 2/5

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater (March 24, 2008). "Shaman You". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Devin Low (March 28, 2008). "Shamans Intended, Shamans Spontaneous". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Magic Arcana (March 24, 2008). "Shpot the Shaman!". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Doug Beyer (March 26, 2008). "The Shaman's Cause". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Magic Creative Team (August 28, 2013). "Planeswalkers Guide to Theros, Part 2". Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Magic Creative Team (September 10, 2014). "Planeswalker's Guide to Khans of Tarkir, Part 2". Wizards of the Coast.