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Creature Type
(Subtype for creature/tribal cards)
Statistics 10 cards
{R} 80% {R/G} 10% {M} 10%
as of Theros Beyond Death
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Manticore is a creature type describing sentient, ill-tempered monsters with lion-like bodies, wings jutting from the shoulders, a scorpion's tail, a human face, and a mouth filled with multiple rows of razor-sharp teeth.[1]

After Crimson Manticore from Legends, two other red Manticores were printed: Flailing Manticore (Mercadian Masques) and Conquering Manticore (Rise of the Eldrazi). Sawback Manticore (Mirage) and Chromanticore (Born of the Gods) are multicolored. The manticores from Amonkhet are red again.

Storyline[edit | edit source]

Amonkhet[edit | edit source]

The Manticores of Amonkhet are wingless, with the bodies and heads of great cats, spiked legs and a scorpion tail. They are used in the trials of the five gods to test the inhabitants of Naktamun.[2] Some were zombified and joined Bolas' army of Eternals.

Dominaria[edit | edit source]

Dominarian manticores have the wings of a bat. They are known to see every other creature than their own as food. A crimson manticore in the service of Geyadrone Dihada once attacked Dakkon Blackblade on Corondor, and was killed.

Mercadia[edit | edit source]

In contrast to most Manticores, those on Mercadia have feathered wings.

Theros[edit | edit source]

Theran Manticores live in the far reaches of Theros, beyond leonin lands. A manticore has the body of a lion, a human-like head with many rows of teeth, and a deadly tail. Akroans say each manticore is the reincarnated spirit of a once-great warrior, part of an army slaughtered defending its homeland from archons. The warriors were so full of life and valor that the gods intervened and transformed them into manticores.[3] It is said that Purphoros forged the manticore's tail from bronze, its teeth from silver, and its heart from hate.[4]

Zendikar[edit | edit source]

Manticores like the conquering manticore are known to exist on the plane. These creatures are feared and always obeyed.

Tokens[edit | edit source]

Token Name Color Type Line P/T Text Box Source Printings
Heart-Piercer Manticore White Creature — Zombie Manticore 4/3 When Heart-Piercer Manticore enters the battlefield, you may sacrifice another creature. When you do, Heart-Piercer Manticore deals damage equal to that creature's power to target creature or player.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Bonnie Bruenderman (February 07, 2014). "Monster Menagerie: Manticores". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Plane Shift: Amonkhet
  3. The Magic Creative Team (September 04, 2013). "Planeswalker's Guide to Theros, Part 3". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Flavor text for Dreamstalker Manticore