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Not to be confused with Manticore.

Masticore is a creature type used for artifact creatures, which is to be distinguished from manticores.[1][2] While a manticore is a flying, ferocious, red-aligned, lion-like beast, a masticore is a non-flying, still-ferocious, metallic lion-like beast. Manticores are fleshy and flying; masticores are galvanized and grounded.[3]

Masticores usually have a stinging, barbed tail just like a manticore, but they also tend to have lines of razor-like metal teeth (to do the masticating). The name is based off the word masticate, meaning 'to eat'. [4]

Five masticores have been printed: Masticore (Urza's Destiny), Razormane Masticore (Fifth Dawn), Molten-Tail Masticore (Scars of Mirrodin), Lesser Masticore (Modern Horizons), and Sparkhunter Masticore (Core Set 2021). All Masticores have an ability to deal damage, cause a discard in some form, and all but one have a removal-resisting ability.

Masticores have also been depicted on Deep Analysis[5] and on the Unhinged card Remodel.


  1. Monty Ashley (November 01, 2010). "A Brief History of Masticores". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Doug Beyer (August 10, 2011). "Magic's Exclusive Creatures". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Doug Beyer (November 17, 2010). "The Human Cultures of Mirrodin". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Mark Rosewater (Wednesday, January 2, 2002.). "In the Beginning...". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Wizards of the Coast (February, 2002). "Ask Wizards - February, 2002". Wizards of the Coast.