|(Subtype for creature/tribal cards)|
0.2% 5% 9.6% 7.3% 17.8% 43.4% 0.2% 0.2% 0.7% 1.8% 2.3% 0.2% 0.5% 1.4% 0.9% 2.7% 3.2% 2.5%as of Commander 2021
History[edit | edit source]
The first creature to bear the type was Beasts of Bogardan in Legends (though the Clockwork Beast from Alpha and Guardian Beast from Arabian Nights were later issued errata to become beasts), but it wasn't until Tempest that the "beast" subtype attained widespread usage. Later, in the Odyssey and Onslaught blocks, "beast" became a common "tribe" with considerable inter-card support.
Grand Creature Type Update[edit | edit source]
In the Grand Creature Type Update the creature types Carnivore (Tooth and Claw), Lurker (Lurker), Villain (Spinal Villain) and Frostbeast (Kjeldoran Frostbeast) were changed into Beast. On the other hand Glowing Anemone was changed from Beast to Anemone, while later reverting to Beast and gaining the added Jellyfish type. Warthog shortly was a Beast (Warthog) before being turned into a Boar.
Ikoria[edit | edit source]
Herbivorous Beasts form one of the dominant clades of Ikoria and are mainly associated with the lush forests of Zagoth. Most of them resemble large herbivores — elk, rhinos, camels, boars, and the like — but it is dangerous to conclude that they are at all docile. Even smaller beast monsters are territorial and irascible, liable to stampede or trample when they are alarmed or threatened. These Beasts have many telltale traits: shaggy hides, thick skin, antlers and tusks, stumpy feet or hooves, etc. While most are large and lumbering, there are also many smaller, graceful beasts that more closely resemble horses or antelopes. 
Notable Beasts[edit | edit source]
Alara[edit | edit source]
Eldraine[edit | edit source]
- Questing Beast, which chooses the Royals of Eldraine.
Ikoria[edit | edit source]
- Brokkos, apex monster of the Zagoth triome.
- Illuna, apex monster of the Ketria triome.
- Kaheera, a monster which raises orphaned pups.
- Nethroi, apex monster of the Indatha triome.
- Otrimi, a playful monster from the Zagoth.
- Tayam, Luminous Enigma
- Yannik, Scavenging Sentinel
Unknown plane[edit | edit source]
- Gahiji, a beast revered by the Rahode tribe.
- Marath, an elemental beast who roams the wild regions of his world.
Specific types of Beasts[edit | edit source]
|Alms Beasts||Alms Beast||Ravnica||Giant, muscular, hairless, grey beasts which can be ridden by groups of people.||Used by the Orzhov.|
|Anurids||Anurid Barkripper||Dominaria (Otaria)||Amphibious, frog-like creatures. Appear to be water-dwelling.|
|Aquuses||Aquus Steed||Ravnica||Sleek amphibious horse-like creatures with a crest on the head like a fish's fin. Graceful in water but darts and jerks on land.||No-one can ride it for long due to its darting and jerking.|
|Arashin War Beasts||Arashin War Beast||Tarkir||Hairy muscular beasts with metal armor on backs, able to stand on hind legs and perform magic.||Used by the Temur.|
|Arborback Stompers||Arborback Stomper||Kaladesh||Woody beasts with green stripes, green ferns growing from their backs, a horn coming from the top of their snouts, and small crests coming from the back of their heads.||Altered by touching the aether, having been drawn there like a magnetic force. It is unclear which of its unusual qualities are due to the aether, and which are natural.|
|Arc-Sloggers||Arc-Slogger||Mirrodin||Pink, hairless, six-legged, with one eye, an electric tail, and spikes protruding from their backs, with electricity at the end of them. They smell of ozone.|
|Avaraxes||Avarax||Dominaria (Otaria)||Vaguely humanoid, reddish-orange, two pairs of arms, covered in red spikes, no eyes, big mouths, and sharp teeth. They have the ability to call each other together.|
|Axebane Beasts||Axebane Beast||Ravnica||Spikes on the back similar to a pinecone, four pairs of tusks each progressively smaller as you go back, elephantine feet. Extremely territorial and short-tempered.||Known to the urban hunters.|
|Lizard-like creatures, often with horns protruding from their heads and backs.
Most have sharp claws and daggerlike teeth.
However, some forms native to Zendikar resemble rhinoceroses or stegosaurids with hooves.
|Favored by Garruk|
|Batterhorns||Batterhorn||Ravnica||Giant horned predators.||Very destructive creatures when they enter densely inhabited areas.|
|Beasts of Bogardan||Beasts of Bogardan||Dominaria (Bogardan)||Fiery dog-like creatures.||Some were summoned by Johan to fight Jedit Ojanen in Palmyra.|
|Binoxes||Charging Binox||Kylem||Two-headed horned predators, bred for flashiness and foul temper||Used in the arena of Valor's Reach.|
|Bogbeasts||Blossoming Bogbeast||Arcavios||Crude and clumsy swamp creatures.|
|Bogstompers||Bogstomper||Unknown (possibly Skalla)||Enormous animals somewhere between a crocodile and an elephant with vegetation growing on back described as gentle herbivores||At some point, Vivien Reid encountered at least one - she seems to know a lot about them|
|Catoblepas||Loathsome Catoblepas||Theros||Catoblepas have the body of an ox, the head of a boar, and scales on their backs.|
|Ceratoks||Crowned Certaok||Ravnica||Rhino-like creatures with two horns place side-by-side on their snouts. Ceratoks are known for their aggressiveness and for the difficulty of calming them when they rampage.|
|Cerodons||Bull Cerodon||Amonkhet||Massive horned creatures that move surprisingly silently, but also can produce terrifying screams.|
|Chupacabras||Lurking Chupacabra||Ixalan||Malicious horror beasts based on the more canine-looking interpretations of this cryptid.|
|Craghorns||Battering Craghorn||Dominaria (Otaria)||Giant goat-like creatures with large horns.|
|Darba||Darba||Dominaria (Jamuraa)||Enormous bird beasts, that are relatives of the parea.
They can grow upwards of twenty-five feet and are capable of picking up oxen in their beaks.
|They would attack even well-armed Keldon encampments in search of food.|
|Fangren||Fangren Pathcutter||Mirrodin||Humanoid creatures, propelling themselves on two legs while their frontal extremities bear sharp claws.
They have antelope-like heads and horns but maws with dagger-like teeth.
|Big ones hunt the elves, so the elves hunt the small ones to keep them from getting big.|
|Ferox||Nullhide Ferox||Ravnica||Large hairy predators. All fangs, tusks, and claws.|
|Firebeasts||Goretusk Firebeast||Dominaria (Otaria)||Fiery elemental creatures, resembling oxen or boars.||As a youth, Kamahl took one for a pet.|
|Gargadons||Lesser Gargadon||Dominaria||Enormous elephant-like beasts with horns.||Used as war-beasts in Keld.|
|Gnarlid||Gnarlid Pack||Zendikar||Wolverine -like beast with horns.|
|Gnarr||Glade Gnarr||Dominaria, Ikoria||Deer- or antelope-like creatures that inhabit wetlands.||Long thought merely a Dominarian legend.|
|Goriaks||Mosscoat Goriak||Ikoria||Large, stubborn, and hardy herbivores from wetland habitats. They have beautiful voices.|
|Gournas||Needleshot Gourna||Dominaria (Otaria)||Treeclimbing scaled anteaters from Krosa.|
|Guardian Beast||Guardian Beast||Rabiah||A powerful multilimbed, shadowy creature||Found in the workshop of El Hajjaj, guarding the City in a Bottle.|
It was fought off by the Dervish Taysir.
|Hystrodons||Macetail Hystrodon||Dominaria (Otaria)||Ankylosaur-like beasts.|
|Indriks||Indrik Stomphowler||Ravnica||Massive beasts similar to prehistoric indricotheres.
Possibly named after the Slavic mythological creature that named that group as well.
|Jiaos||Leopard-Spotted Jiao||Plane of Mountains and Seas||This strange beast has the hide of a leopard, the howl of a dog, and the horns of an ox.|
|Kelpies||River Kelpie||Shadowmoor, Arcavios||Ugly, vicious blob-like creatures on Shadowmoor or horselike spirits on Arcavios.|
|Kronch||Raging Kronch||Ravnica||Snorting and drooling beasts with many tusks and horns, employed by the Gruul.|
|Krovods||Bazaar Krovod||Ravnica||Large horned ox-like creatures. Often used as beasts of burden.|
|Krushoks||Feral Krushok||Tarkir||Large, rhino-like beasts.|
|Laccoliths||Laccolith Warrior||Rath||Large stone humanoids.||Employed by Volrath.|
|Leucrocota||Ravenous Leucrocota||Theros||Reptilian hyena-like monsters|
|Lorians||Treespring Lorian||Dominaria (Otaria)||Ferocious sloth-like beasts living in the treetops of Krosa.|
|Manglehorns||Manglehorn||Amonkhet||The name says it all.|
|Monox||Dominaria||A large mount used by Jedit Ojanen. An ungainly brute half the size of an elephant with the ugliest features of camel and horse.|
|Nodorogs||Gruul Nodorog||Ravnica||Lean predators with three horns and large claws.|
|Primadoxes||Roaring Primadox||Shandalar||Bipedal ape-like monsters with large fangs.|
|Rigida||Dominaria (Terisiare)||Ice Beasts.||They overran the state of Almaaz immediately after the Brothers' War.|
|Shaleskins||Shaleskin Plower||Dominaria (Otaria)||Enormous reptiles with stone-like skins.|
|Si||Earthshaking Si||Plane of Mountains and Seas||Maned predators with one long horn on their noses.|
|Slaughterhorns||Slaughterhorn||Ravnica||Unpredictable ox-like creature with multiple horns.||Beasts that are associated with the Gruul.|
|Sloths||Relic Sloth, Arboreal Grazer||Ravnica, Arcavios||Sloths are for now typed as beasts.||Most sloths seen so far seem to be giant ground sloths.|
|Snapjaw||Adaptive Snapjaw||Ravnica||Part toad, part lizard, possibly part mouse.||Artificially created by the Simic.|
|Land-transforming eel-like creatures with limbs.|
|Starrix||Auspicious Starrix||Ikoria||Giant Elk Beasts.|
|Thoctars||Woolly Thoctar||Alara||Some of the most ferocious and deadly gargantuans from Naya.|
|Thragtusks||Thragtusk||Shandalar||Longhaired, fanged, aurochs-like beasts.|
|Trudges||Brackish Trudge||Arcavios||Lumbering beasts covered with decaying plant matter, making them ideal breeding grounds for fungal spores.|
|Tyrranaxes||Alpha Tyrranax||Mirrodin.||Large, metal-enhanced reptiles.|
|Vorracs||Copperhoof Vorrac||Mirrodin.||Metal-enhanced beasts, similar to giant warthogs.||Source of the famous Vorrac Battlehorns|
|Wumpuses||Hunted Wumpus||Dominaria (Shiv)
|They are elephant-like but with a woolly head and gigantic teeth, and without a trunk.
Their hooves may have claws.
|Zheng||Ferocious Zheng||Plane of Mountains and Seas||Known for their glowing horn and stone-rattling roar.
These cat beasts are the fiercest predators in the forest.
|Zeppelids||Assault Zeppelid||Ravnica||Long bulbous sea creature-like beasts, small green wart-like features on their undersides, large, inflated, green air-sacs on top, a honeycomb texture on the rest of it. Able to fly, probably with the air-sacs.||Created by the Simic, intended to create a fierce bidding war between the Orzhov and Azorius to fund the final stages of Project Kraj.|
Tokens[edit | edit source]
|Token Name||Color||Type Line||P/T||Text Box||Source||Printings|
|Beast||Black||Creature — Beast||3/3||Deathtouch|
|Green||Creature — Beast||2/2|
|Green||Creature — Beast||4/2|
|Green||Creature — Beast||3/3||
|Green||Creature — Beast||4/4|
|Green||Creature — Beast||5/5|
|Green||Creature — Beast||5/5||Trample|
|Red/Green||Creature — Beast||4/4||Trample|
|Red/Green/White||Creature — Beast||8/8|
|Colorless||Artifact Creature — Beast||6/6|
|Carnivore||Red||Creature — Beast||3/1|
|Fungus Beast||Green||Creature — Fungus Beast||4/4||Trample|
|Caller of the Pack||White||Creature — Beast||8/6||Trample
|Cat Beast||White||Creature — Cat Beast||2/2|
|Dinosaur Beast||Green||Creature — Dinosaur Beast||X/X||Trample|
|Fungus Beast||Green||Creature — Fungus Beast||4/4||Trample|
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Beast of Burden is not a Beast.
- Krosan Warchief is a Beast Lord.
- Gruul Keyrune is a manstone that can become a 3/2 red and green Beast artifact creature with trample.
- Hidden Predators is a Enchantment that can become a 4/4 green Beast.
References[edit | edit source]
- Mark Rosewater (November 18, 2002). "Beast of Show". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Chris Mooney (April 2, 2020). "Planeswalker's Guide to Ikoria". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Doug Beyer (August 10, 2011). "Magic's Exclusive Creatures". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Trick Jarrett (November 08, 2013). "What is a Catoblepas?". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Plane Shift: Amonkhet
- Matt Cavotta (August 09, 2006). "The Incredible Hulk". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Legend of Jedit Ojanen
- Clayton Emery (2001). jedit. Wizards of the Coast.
- Trick Jarrett (May 10, 2013). "Bloodrush Art". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Doug Beyer (March 16, 2011). "Six Secrets Behind the Sets". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Magic Arcana (May 14, 2007). "The Ferocious Vorrac". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Monty Ashley (September 27, 2010). "Copperhorn". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.