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Creature Type
(Subtype for creature/kindred cards)
Beeble Scale 6[1]
15 cards
{W} 6.7% {B} 20% {G} 60% {B/G} 6.7% {artifact symbol} 6.7%
32 Squirrel creation cards
{C} 3.1% {U} 3.1% {B} 6.3% {G} 75% {B/G} 3.1% {R/W} 3.1% {artifact symbol} 6.3%
as of Unfinity
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Squirrel is a green creature type used for arboreal, bushy-tailed rodents (though in the unset Unstable they have a significant presence in black, and they've been gradually introduced to it and white in canon sets).[2]

History[ | ]

The first creatures to bear the type were Krosan Beast and Squirrel Mob in Odyssey. Before that, it was sometimes used as a token-only creature type. Most often, squirrel-related cards are created by Mark Rosewater.[3][4]

Because they weren't thought to be serious enough by the Creative R&D, squirrels were relegated to supplemental products.[5] One such supplemental set was Modern Horizons. Squirrels made a return to a Standard-legal set in Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths with Helica Glider. Toski, Bearer of Secrets from Kaldheim is the first legendary squirrel to appear outside of a silver-bordered product. Modern Horizons 2 has a strong squirrel theme and is, to date, the set that contains the largest number of cards (13) that are or create squirrels, including the tribe's first mythic rare, Chatterfang, Squirrel General. Bloomburrow was the first set to feature Squirrel-typal.[6]

Storyline[ | ]

Bloomburrow[ | ]

Squirrels are one of the animalfolk of Bloomburrow, notorious as necromancers and graverobbers.[7] They are morbid stewards of land and the life-death cycle, and worship the cycle at the Calamity Graveyard.[8][9] Although they focus mostly on burying the remains of the dead, some squirrelfolk are able to bring bones back from the grave for their own purposes. They have also become experts at maintaining themselves through caches of food collected through the art of foraging.

At their best squirrelfolk are practical and conscientious stewards of the land. At their worst squirrelfolk are standoffish, rude, and dismissive.[10]

Some squirrelfolk joined the Direshade Company of mercenaries under the weaselfolk Cruelclaw.[7]

Notable Squirrels[ | ]

Tokens[ | ]

Tokens marked with {A} are created by Acorn cards.

Token Name Color Type Line P/T Text Box Source Printings
Squirrel Green Creature — Squirrel 1/1
Bushy Bodyguard Green Creature — Squirrel Warrior 1/1 When this creature enters, you may forage. If you do, put two +1/+1 counters on it. (To forage, exile three cards from your graveyard or sacrifice a Food.)
(This token's mana cost is {1}{G}.)

Trivia[ | ]

References[ | ]

  1. Mark Rosewater (May 23, 2021). "Where are squirrels now on the Beeble Scale now?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  2. Bonnie Bruenderman (May 09, 2014). "Squirrel!". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Rosewater (July 22, 2002). "Squirrel of My Dreams". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Mark Rosewater (June 1, 2020). "My Favorite Things". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Mark Rosewater (September 03, 2014). "Are there any creature types considered "dead", so to speak?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  6. Mark Rosewater (July 9, 2024). "The Bloom of Burrow, Part 1". Wizards of the Coast.
  7. a b Valerie Valdes (July 3, 2024). "Bloomburrow Episode 3: The Lost and the Found". Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Tiny and Mighty - Bloomburrow Debut (Video). Magic: The Gathering. YouTube (July 9, 2024).
  9. Neale LaPlante Johnson (July 11, 2024). "Planeswalker's Guide to Bloomburrow, Part 1". Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Neale LaPlante Johnson (July 17, 2024). "Planeswalker's Guide to Bloomburrow, Part 3". Wizards of the Coast.