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Creature Type
(Subtype for creature/kindred cards)
Beeble Scale 3[1]
89 cards
{U} 1.1% {B} 87.6% {U/B} 4.5% {B/R} 3.4% {W/B} 2.2% {M} 1.1%
14 Rat creation cards
{B} 71.4% {R} 14.3% {G} 7.1% {W/U} 7.1%
as of Modern Horizons III
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Rats are small, omnivorous rodents belonging to the genus Rattus. These common and prolific creatures can be found in many planes, and are often plague - and disease carriers (Pestilence Rats, Diseased Vermin). Rats often appear in large numbers.

Description[ | ]

The first card to bear the creature type Rat was Plague Rats in Alpha. Rats are mainly black, sometimes with red as the second color. However, Bloomburrow introduced rats in mono-blue. They are primarily associated with two types of effects:

Wilds of Eldraine was the first set to have Rat typal as a draft archetype.[3] This was followed by Bloomburrow, where rats were one of the ten typal groupings.[4]

Types of Rats[ | ]

Bloomburrow[ | ]

Rats are one of the animalfolk of Bloomburrow. Ratfolk are isolationist keepers of secrets and ancient relics, maintaining Ossuaries of history that only those approved by elders can visit.[5] They have survived harsh circumstances by forming psychic connections with native insects. With their insect companion at their side, ratfolk can be quite formidable.[6] Several also use insect parts as armor.

Ratfolk worship the Fell Comet, a floating comet above an underground pond deep beneath the surface of Valley. Young ratfolk must reach the center of the caverns and chip off a chunk from the icy rock as a test of their cunning and ingenuity.

At their best, ratfolk are thoughtful, self-sufficient, and intelligent. At their worst, ratfolk are distrusting, dismissive, and uncooperative.[7]

Capenna[ | ]

Rats are numerous in the New Capenna metropolis streets (Waste Management...). Oskar enjoys their company.

Dominaria[ | ]

Wharf Rats were found in port cities and other places in Golthonor, like Balthesa. They were responsible for the death of Xarl’s sister Init. Other Rats hide in bogs, sewers or crypts. On Otaria they were known to prey on graves.[8]

Eldraine[ | ]

Rats are not common in The Realm but live throughout The Wilds.

Lord Skitter was a large and intelligent demonic rat inhabiting the ancient dwarven ruins beneath Edgewall. He could speak, and he ruled over a horde of rats. After failing to invade Edgewall, his rats presumably devoured him, though no one knows for sure if he’s dead. Rats from his horde have now returned to normal.

Kamigawa[ | ]

Nezumi (nay-ZOO-mee;[9] Kamigawan: nezumi-bito, lit. "ratfolk") are a race of anthropomorphic rats native to Kamigawa.[10][11] They are a prodigious race; it is said that each nezumi has forty brothers.[12] They live in the bogs of the Takenuma swamp and on the outskirts of human cities like Numai and Towashi, sometimes raiding those cities for supplies or fun. Other races of Kamigawa ostracize and stereotype the nezumi, which results in them living in poverty and resenting the other races. They often have the Ninja creature class. Some Nezumi Shamans use incantations to summon and control Insects to swarm and distract their enemies.[13]

New Phyrexia[ | ]

The compleated rats of New Phyrexia are generally toxic and infectious.

Eventually, rats became so numerous that some began to eat each other, and their bones began to fuse. They became Karumonix, who can sense and manipulate any rodents in Phyrexia.

Rath[ | ]

The dungeons of Volrath were infested with Rabid Rats. The Oracle en-Vec used the Rats of Rath in the scrutiny of entrails.

Ravnica[ | ]

The sewers of the Undercity of Ravnica are infested by rabid Sewer Sirens. They mesmerize their victims, urging them to pet their furry snouts. They don't attack unless a hand is put in their mouth.[14]

Notable Rats[ | ]

Trivia[ | ]

Tokens[ | ]

Token Name Color Type Line P/T Text Box Source Printings
Rat Black Creature — Rat 1/1
Black Creature — Rat 1/1 Deathtouch
Black Creature — Rat 1/1 Lifelink
Black Creature — Rat 1/1 This creature can't block.
Black Creature — Rat 1/1 This creature gets +1/+1 for each other Rat you control.
Rat Rogue Black Creature — Rat Rogue 1/1
Thornplate Intimidator Black Creature — Rat Rogue 1/1 When this creature enters, target opponent loses 3 life unless they sacrifice a nonland permanent or discard a card.
(This token's mana cost is {3}{B}.)
Pack Rat Black Creature — Rat */* Pack Rat's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Rats you control.
{2}{B}, Discard a card: Put a token onto the battlefield that's a copy of Pack Rat.

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