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Creature Type
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156 cards
{C} 0.6% {U} 2.6% {B} 3.2% {R} 53.2% {G} 17.3% {B/R} 3.8% {R/G} 1.9% {U/R} 3.2% {B/G} 2.6% {R/W} 1.3% {G/U} 3.8% {M} 5.1% {artifact symbol} 1.3%
5 Lizard creation cards
{U} 20% {B} 20% {R} 20% {R/G} 20% {G/U} 20%
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Lizard is a predominantly red and green creature type used for any land-based reptiles with limbs and external ears (snakes lack both these characteristics).

History[ | ]

The first creature to bear the type was Leaping Lizard in Homelands (though the Pygmy Allosaurus from Ice Age was later issued errata to become Lizard instead of a Dinosaur).

For gaming reasons Dinosaurs were included in this subtype before they became a supported creature type again with the Ixalan block. The related humanoid race of Viashino was given errata to be lizards with the release of Modern Horizons 3.[1][2] This was done just before Bloomburrow would feature a Lizard typal theme.[3][4]

Examples[ | ]

Regular lizards[ | ]

Dinosaurs[ | ]

Main article: Dinosaur

Storyline[ | ]

Alara[ | ]

On Jund, Viashino thrashes keep iguanars as hunting companions, giving them wounded captives as playthings.

The spiky thrinaxes have responded to Jund's ferocious food chains by adapting to reproduce by being eaten.[5][6]

Bloomburrow[ | ]

Lizards are one of the animalfolk of Bloomburrow, known for their fire magic. The lizardfolk are a culture of expressive artists.[7] They value creation and destruction in equal measure.

Lizards have a spiritual attachment to fire. As cold-blooded creatures, they rely on the heat of flame when sunbathing is not an option. Lizard communities can often be found bundled together around a fire or furnace, sharing the sacred connection. They worship the Ever-Burning Oak, considering it a symbol of the cycle of creation and destruction.[8] Young lizardfolk journey to the tree, collecting a smoldering ember from its center with their bare hands. Blacksmiths use these embers to fuel their forges, and assassins keep their embers with them in uniquely crafted ceramic, metal, or glass containers. Though the heat eventually fades, an ember's powerful magic lasts nearly a lizardfolk's whole life; when their ember goes out, a lizardfolk knows they will die soon. They are also known to make pilgrimages to the Forest of Iron.

One of their kin, Gev, assisted Mabel in her quest to stop the Calamity Beasts.[9]

At their best, lizardfolk are passionate, resilient, and direct. At their worst, lizardfolk are moody, aggressive, and cruel.[10]

Ulgrotha[ | ]

Leapers are giant, mud-colored lizards on Ulgrotha that can jump many feet into the air. They are generally dumb but smart enough to catch vermin to eat and dig holes in winter. Some in An-Havva believe that they were once humans, transformed into lizards by Autumn Willow.

Zendikar[ | ]

A large lizard species known as the lagac has developed from the earliest forms of life on Zendikar and withstood both the Eldrazi invasion and the rise of the civilized races.[11] They are large red- or green-scaled lizards with tusks, spines, and beady eyes.[12] Some are used as mounts,[13] while others can breathe fire.[14]

Rath[ | ]

Rootwallas, lizards with orange bodies, tails, and blue heads and legs resemble real-life chuckwallas. Many specimens, but not all, possess neck frills similar to those of real-life frill-necked lizards. Some are covered in armored plates.[15] Following the Rathi Overlay, rootwallas were encountered in Dominaria during the Mirari crisis[16] and the Second Phyrexian Invasion of Dominaria.[17]

Ravnica[ | ]

On Ravnica, in the Undercity, the Golgari Swarm devkarin keep monitor lizards as pack animals and crocodiles as hunting companions.

Notable Lizards[ | ]

Notable Viashino[ | ]

Tokens[ | ]

Token Name Color Type Line P/T Text Box Source Printings
Lizard Green Creature — Lizard 2/2
Red Creature — Lizard 8/8
Frog Lizard Green Creature — Frog Lizard 3/3
Iridescent Vinelasher Black Creature — Lizard Assassin 1/1 Landfall — Whenever a land you control enters, this creature deals 1 damage to target opponent.
(This token's mana cost is {B}.)
Agate Instigator Red Creature — Lizard Rogue 1/1 Whenever another creature you control enters, this creature deals 1 damage to each opponent.
(This token's mana cost is {1}{R}.)
Steampath Charger Red Creature — Lizard Warlock 1/1 When this creature dies, it deals 1 damage to target player.
(This token's mana cost is {1}{R}.)

Trivia[ | ]

References[ | ]

  1. Mark Rosewater (March 29, 2024). "Is viashino being phased out in favor of lizard?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  2. Mark Rosewater (March 29, 2024). "Are previous Viashino receiving the Lizard errata?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  3. Mark Rosewater (July 10, 2024). "Does that mean the decision to change Viashino's type line was made before you decided to make Lizards one of the 10 animals?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  4. Mark Rosewater (July 9, 2024). "The Bloom of Burrow, Part 1". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Sprouting Thrinax
  6. Doug Beyer (June 10, 2009). "Graduation Day". Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Tiny and Mighty - Bloomburrow Debut (Video). Magic: The Gathering. YouTube (July 9, 2024).
  8. Neale LaPlante Johnson (July 11, 2024). "Planeswalker's Guide to Bloomburrow, Part 1". Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Valerie Valdes (July 2, 2024). "Bloomburrow - Episode 2: An Expected Party". Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Lagac Lizard
  12. Blake Rasmussen (September 17, 2020). "Zendikar Rising Art Descriptions". Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Saddleback Lagac
  14. Spitfire Lagac
  15. Plated Rootwalla
  16. Basking Rootwalla
  17. Sunbathing Rootwalla
  18. Scott McGough (2006), "Time Spiral", Wizards of the Coast
  19. Greg Weisman (May 15, 2019). "War of the Spark: Ravnica – The Path to Opulent". Wizards of the Coast.
  20. Monty Ashley (February 20, 2013). "Watching the Hybridization". Wizards of the Coast.
  21. Magic Arcana (May 28, 2009). "Real-Life Thrinaxes". Wizards of the Coast.