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Creature Type
(Subtype for creature/kindred cards)
Beeble Scale 3[1]
32 cards
{W} 3.1% {B} 87.5% {G} 3.1% {U/B} 3.1% {W/B} 3.1%
12 Bat creation cards
{W} 25% {B} 58.3% {W/B} 8.3% {artifact symbol} 8.3%
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Bat is a creature type used for cards that depict nocturnal flying mammals with wings formed from four elongated digits of the forelimb covered by a cutaneous membrane and that may have echolocating skills.

Description[ | ]

Associated primarily with black mana, Magic's bats originally tended to be fearsome and dangerous, a stark contrast to the harmless tiny insect-eating flyers from our world (although those do exist on the Multiverse, such as Dakmor Bat). More often than not they were associated with Vampires. They appear often at common rarity as a weak flier, with 4 or less combined power and toughness. Their play pattern is intermixed with gaining and spending life.[2] Before Lost Caverns of Ixalan, the only non-Black bat was the silver-bordered Surgeon G̶e̶n̶e̶r̶a̶l̶ Commander with its bizarre selection of creature types (alongside Wombat and Chameleon). Since then, bats have been occasionally associated with white, likely due to synergy with vampires and due to their social habits.

The first card to bear the creature type Bat was Vampire Bats in Legends. Bloomburrow was the first set to feature Bat-typal.[3]

Storyline[ | ]

Bloomburrow[ | ]

Bats are one of the animalfolk of Bloomburrow. They are known for their clerics and astronomers who read the movements of celestial objects.[4] The batfolk are deeply protective of their community, occasionally superstitious, and focused on maintaining the balance between all things: light and darkness, life and death, day and night.[5] Nocturnal creatures, they use the moon and stars to determine their choices and fuel their magic. As a result of being awake when others are asleep, they serve as silent guardians of the vulnerable creatures of Valley. They have three clawed fingers on their wings, which they use to grasp objects.

The Cosmos contains spiritual wisdom passed on by the batfolk of past generations who have joined their ancestors in the night sky.[6] Twice a day, mirrors reflect light from the sun and moon into a massive opaline gem embedded in the center of the Lighttrap Spires. There, an elder batfolk trades their sight for vision of the realms beyond Valley. Their eyes are subsequently filled with a unique nebula-like pattern that marks their ascension to the upper ranks of the priesthood.

At their best, batfolk are dependable and loyal protectors with strong ties to their compatriots. At their worst, batfolk are obtuse, adhering overly rigidly to hierarchies and order.[7]

One of their kin, Zoraline, assisted Mabel in her quest to stop the Calamity Beasts.[8]

Innistrad[ | ]

On Innistrad, vampires can change into bats which have such clarity of hearing that simple sounds become symphonies.

Stensia is pestered by undead Marrow Bats.

Ixalan[ | ]

On Ixalan, the bat god Aclazotz is the enemy of the sun god and ruler of the night. Local imps and demons are rather bat-like (and, at least in the case of the former, they are bat-imp hybrids).

The Oltecs living in Ixalan's Core fly on giant bats.[9]

Mirrodin[ | ]

Grimclaw Bats patrolled the Mephidross. Once Mirrodin became Phyrexia, they were compleated.

Ravnica[ | ]

Bats in Ravnica are primarily associated with the Orzhov Syndicate. Unlike other bats, which are primarily black, these bats, especially the Blind Hunters, are mostly equally white mana as well.[10] They are used as assassins and messengers.

Giant bats are also used as mounts by the Golgari Swarm, particularly by the guild's hunters.

In the Return to Ravnica block, and especially Gatecrash, the Dimir seem to have acquired bat-motifs, such as in the architecture [11] and the design of their Horrors. However, the Basilica Screecher is still attached to the Orzhov guild.

Ulgrotha[ | ]

Sengir Bats accompany the infamous Baron Sengir, the vampire lord who rules the Dark Barony from Castle Sengir.

Vampire bats[ | ]

The classical Vampire Bats are titanic flying creatures that may be used as steeds, for example by Kulrath Knights. They occur in Dominaria and Shadowmoor, as well as in a few other planes.

Notable Bats[ | ]


Tokens[ | ]

Token Name Color Type Line P/T Text Box Source Printings
Bat Black Creature — Bat 1/1 Flying
Black Creature — Bat 1/2 Flying
{1}{B}, Sacrifice this creature: Return an exiled card named Sengir Nosferatu to the battlefield under its owner's control.
Black Creature — Bat 2/1 Flying
Darkstar Augur Black Creature — Bat Warlock 1/1 Flying
At the beginning of your upkeep, reveal the top card of your library and put that card into your hand. You lose life equal to its mana value.
(This token's mana cost is {2}{B}.)
Starscape Cleric Black Creature — Bat Cleric 1/1 Flying
This creature can’t block.
Whenever you gain life, each opponent loses 1 life.
(This token's mana cost is {1}{B}.)

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