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In Magic, race is a subset of the characteristic "creature type".

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"Race" designates the unique genetic makeup of a sapient (and usually humanoid) creature group.[1] Besides race, most Magic cards with humanoid creatures may also have another creature type: the class represents their job, career or calling in life. This is known as the race/class model.

Note that the Magic approach is somewhat different from the scientific one.[2] In biology, the basic unit of biological classification and taxonomic rank is "species", which is defined as a group of organisms capable of interbreeding and producing fertile offspring. Race in that aspect is defined as a genetically distinct population of individuals within the same species.

Humanoid races[edit | edit source]

Humanoid races without their own subtype[edit | edit source]

Humanoid races (in appearance only)[edit | edit source]

Sapient non-humanoid races[edit | edit source]

These races only have a class in rare exceptions.

Crossbreeds[edit | edit source]

Not-races[edit | edit source]

The following creature types are not considered races.[4][5]

Animals[edit | edit source]

Animals (fantastical)[edit | edit source]

Plantlife[edit | edit source]

Microorganisms[edit | edit source]

Artifact creatures[edit | edit source]

Non-sapient creatures[edit | edit source]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]