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Creature Type
(Subtype for creature/tribal cards)
Statistics 41 cards
{W} 4.9% {U} 2.4% {B} 78% {R} 14.6%
as of Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths
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Mercenary is a creature type and class. Mercenaries are individuals who sell their services in combat for money.[1] Mercenaries have a reputation for being thuggish brutes or dangerously untrustworthy cads, though some are honorable.

History[edit | edit source]

The class debuted in Ice Age as "Mercenaries" on the card Mercenaries, with the creature type being heavily featured in Mercadian Masques and the remainder of the Masques block as black creatures.

Some cards printed prior to Masques block have been amended by errata and are now Mercenaries,[2][3] and some Mercenaries, including red ones, have been printed since then as well.

Like many creatures with the Rebel creature type, a lot of Mercenaries have the ability to "recruit" or "hire" other Mercenaries (i.e., allowing a player to search their library and putting a Mercenary card from it onto the battlefield). Due to their generally unsavory and untrustworthy natures, however, Mercenaries can only recruit creatures weaker (that is, with a lower converted mana cost) than they are.

Notable mercenaries[edit | edit source]

Notable mercenary organizations[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In addition, the black Mercadian Masques sorcery Cateran Summons allows its controller to search their library for a Mercenary card and put it into their hand.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Magic Arcana (July 12, 2005). "Renegade from the Mountains". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Gottlieb (September 26, 2007). "The Grand Creature Type Update". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Gottlieb (July 14, 2010). "July 2010 Update Bulletin". Wizards of the Coast.