Last updated on August 31, 2023
Slither Blade | Illustration by Zezhou Chen
The battlefield can become littered with disposable creatures looking to halt an opponent's offense in Magic. That’s when unblockable creatures come in handy to sneak in damage and make sure you can get a variety of triggers associated with dealing combat damage to a player. While most colors have conditional unblockable, true unblockable tends to exist primarily in blue and black, the colors most interested in duplicity and sneaking around the traditional means of the battlefield.
These unblockable creatures have become premier cards over time as more effects that reward players for hitting opponents enter Magic’s vast library. With that in mind, let’s dive into this list of the best unblockable creatures in Magic’s history!
What Are Unblockable Creatures in MTG?
Ukkima, Stalking Shadow | Illustration by Daarken
For this list, this is simply a creature that says, “can't be blocked.” While there are various creatures that can become unblockable through certain costs or conditions, I’m only interested in creatures that are always unblockable.
Best White Unblockable Creature
There’s only one truly unblockable creature in white and it’s Dissension’s Azorius Herald. White uses conditional unblockable, like “can’t be blocked by creatures with power three or greater” or “can’t be blocked by red creatures.” But none of these style of conditional unblockable creatures fit this list.
Best Blue Unblockable Creatures
#9. Deepchannel Mentor
One of the best finisher cards on this list if you have a board full of blue creatures, Deepchannel Mentor can instantly end the game by giving all blue creatures (including itself) unblockable. This would shoot up the list if the mana cost wasn’t so high, but as it is most decks leveraging unblockable creatures won’t need a 6-drop to force through some late damage.
#8. Phantom Ninja
Even at three mana, unblockable 2-power creatures can quickly give you a snowballing advantage. But you’re more likely looking for lower costed creatures in EDH with players starting at 40 life, even with lower power. Phantom Ninja is a solid option if you have a lot of payoffs for dealing damage to a player, but otherwise this is a little too costly for too little benefit.
#7. Marang River Prowler
Like with Phantom Ninja, 2-power unblockable creatures have some benefits. But the big difference with Marang River Prowler is that you can cast the Prowler over and over from your graveyard if you control a black or green permanent. This can be a recursive engine to ensure value in multicolor decks, even through removal.
#6. Gudul Lurker
Unblockable 1/1 for is solid enough, but you can spend a few extra mana to megamorph Gudul Lurker into a 2/2 unblockable in the midgame. But 2-power unblockable creatures are solid, but it’s a little too pricey to be much higher on the list at four total mana.
#5. Blighted Agent
Blighted Agent is a multiformat all-star that works beautifully in any infect-based deck. It would be higher up the list except that the unblockable nature of Blighted Agent doesn’t help you close out the game in any non-infect deck. Given the printing of Fury and other cards that have mostly pushed out infect decks, Agent isn’t seeing the same play it once did.
#4. Mercurial Spelldancer
Mercurial Spelldancer may take a few turns to get going, but once it does you maximize your strategy. If you can protect it from removal, you should be able to copy some of your instant or sorceries for deadly effects. I’m sure I don't have to explain how good it might be to copy a spell like Temporal Manipulation.
#3. Invisible Stalker
Invisible Stalker is one of the best cards to throw enchantments and equipment onto in Magic since it’s not only unblockable but also hexproof. The price is a little higher than the top unblockable cards at two mana, but the benefit of protection from removal greatly helps justify the cost. It can be hard to make this card as poignant a threat as it first appears with the presence of Wrath of God effects in EDH.
#2. Triton Shorestalker
Another unblockable 1/1 for , this time with the benefit of having two powerful creature types in merfolk and rogue. Triton Shorestalker benefits from lord effects from both types and can help gain additional advantage by making sure you can connect with your opponent.
#1. Slither Blade
Slither Blade is also a 1-power unblockable creature for that has a relevant creature type in rogue. But it has a second point of toughness unlike most of the other unblockable creatures on this list, allowing it to reasonably block as well.
Best Black Unblockable Creatures
Black doesn’t have much in the way of unblockable creatures, but both options are solid and can help force through damage in a color that traditionally has issues sneaking through the last points of damage.
#2. Tormented Soul
Tormented Soul checks all the boxes. It’s a 1/1 unblockable creature for that can only attack. This is one of your two options and both are nearly identical if you’re looking for an unblockable creature in black.
#1. Changeling Outcast
Like Tormented Soul, Changeling Outcast is also a 1/1 unblockable creature for . But this card fits into any synergy-based deck by virtue of being a changeling, especially those that pump creatures of a certain type. Cheap unblockable threats can help enable lots of payoffs, and Changeling Outcast is your best option in decks that have any benefit from tribal synergies.
Best Red Unblockable Creatures
Like white, there are plenty of conditional unblockable creatures in red, especially creatures that grant unblockable to other creatures with power two or less. But there isn’t a single truly unblockable mono-red creature in Magic.
Red’s primarily pattern is to help other smaller creatures by temporarily giving them unblockable, or giving them unblockable if they attack alone. But these conditions rule these cards out for the purposes of this list.
Best Green Unblockable Creatures
Living up to the earlier description that unblockable primarily falls into blue and black, green has no unconditional unblockable creatures. It has plenty of conditional unblockable creatures that can’t be blocked by multiple creatures, creatures with power two or less, or creatures of certain colors.
It makes sense that green doesn’t have any creatures that look to avoid the possibility of being blocked unconditionally since it’s the color of creature combat.
Best Multicolored Unblockable Creatures
#5. Jasmine Boreal of the Seven
Think about how many times in a Draft or Sealed match you have passed over a card with no abilities. What’s the upside of playing these cards? Now you can use Jasmine Boreal of the Seven to make an army of unblockable creatures with no abilities. This is a limited kind of build, but with the mana ramp and combat advantage, it might be worth a try. Might I suggest cards like Gigantosaurus or Isamaru, Hound of Konda?
#4. Gríma, Saruman’s Footman
Coming in the new Tales of Middle-earth Commander set is the nefarious Gríma, Saruman's Footman. Use this unblockable creature as a defensive creature or, more importantly, as a way to siphon your opponents’ instant and sorceries. You can attack unhindered and then cast your opponents’ powerful instants or sorceries for free!
#3. Etrata, the Silencer
One of the most busted Limited cards I’ve ever had the chance to play with at high stakes, Etrata, the Silencer is an unblockable alternate win condition that acts as threat, removal, and can eventually end the game. While a 4-mana 3/5 isn’t the most impressive stat line, its ability to remove your opponent’s best creature is a very powerful benefit to an unblockable creature.
#2. Ukkima, Stalking Shadow
Ukkima, Stalking Shadow is a commander with partner that can sneak through damage. And if your opponents answer it, it deals X damage and you gain X life where X is its power. Using this as a recursive unblockable threat is powerful, but knowing that you still get the damage through in the end if you pump it up with equipment or auras.
Ukkima also works well in blink decks since the damage ability happens when it leaves the battlefield, not just when it dies.
#1. Dimir Infiltrator
Dimir Infiltrator seems like it should be lower on the list compared to Ukkima, Stalking Shadow or Etrata, the Silencer, but Infiltrator has a few things going for it over those other two cards. It only costs two mana and it can transmute into any card in your deck.
The flexibility of finding any 2-mana card in your deck or having an unblockable threat that’s also a good blocker gives this card the edge over the more single-focused cards above it.
Best Colorless Unblockable Creatures
Ferropede is an unblockable 1/1 for that comes with its own trigger when damaging a player: you can remove a counter from target permanent. While this isn’t the most powerful trigger it does let you hit your opponent and take a loyalty counter off a planeswalker or damage one player and contain the counters on someone else’s permanent.
It’s a solid enabler overall that can help contain problematic permanents.
#2. Benthic Infiltrator
Benthic Infiltrator is the first of two devoid unblockable creatures from the Battle for Zendikar block. It’s an enabler for processing and is set up to block well, giving you agency on whether you want to play offense or defense.
Given the solid power-toughness and the easy enabling of an Eldrazi mechanic, the Infiltrator sits right in the middle of our colorless unblockable creatures.
Oath of the Gatewatch’s Mindmelter is a 2/2 for , it has devoid, and it can’t be blocked. 2-power unblockable creatures are powerful since they can quickly chip down players’ life totals or planeswalkers’ loyalty. This unblockable creature can also exile cards from an opponent's hand, enabling processing and allowing you to leverage any excess mana you may have.
This card is the best colorless unblockable creature in Magic given the higher power and the bonus ability that helps enable processing and clear out your opponents’ hands.
Best Unblockable Payoffs
Most unblockable payoffs allow you to draw a card or trigger a powerful ability when your creature deals combat to a player. Some of the best examples of this are:
- Edric, Spymaster of Trest
- Bident of Thassa
- Toski, Bearer of Secrets
- Sword cycle (Sword of Feast and Famine, Sword of Fire and Ice, Sword of War and Peace, and Sword of Hearth and Home)
- Reconnaissance Mission
- Ohran Frostfang
- Mask of Memory
Are There Any Ways to Block an Unblockable Creature?
Does Protection Make a Creature Unblockable?
If a creature has protection from a certain color, mana value, etc. then it can’t be blocked by any creatures with that trait. But spells like Fog Patch can still declare it blocked. Protection means whatever your creature has protection from can’t block it, but it doesn’t make it entirely unblockable.
Unblockable vs. Menace vs. Skulk vs. Intimidate vs. Fear
Unblockable: Can’t be blocked. Flat out and simple.
Skulk: Can only be blocked by creatures with equal or lesser power than the skulk creature. This prevents bigger creatures from blocking your smaller and more evasive creatures, but it also means that walls and creatures with high toughness-to-power ratios can generally brick wall your skulk creature.
Intimidate: Can only be blocked by artifact creatures or creatures that share a color with it. While this does allow you to get through certain boards, the number of multicolored cards and artifact creatures in Magic make this less likely to actually mean “unblockable.”
Fear: Can only be blocked by black or artifact creatures. This is essentially intimidate, but just for black creatures. Fear is a slightly more restrictive blocking situation than intimidate and it basically means unblockable unless you’re against a deck with mostly black/artifact creatures.
Ring-bearer: The first level of the mechanic, the Ring tempts you, allows your Ring-bearer to become legendary and it can’t be blocked by creatures with greater power.
Triton Shorestalker | Illustration by Svetlin Velinov
There you have it, the best unblockable creatures in Magic! While primarily found in blue and black, we’ve seen some unblockable creatures in other colors recently. Especially with devoid creatures joining the unblockable party.
While there are still plenty of cards that can avoid blocks through various means, like the keywords above, very few things will ever match the evasion of unblockable creatures making sure you’re able to push through damage and trigger your damage abilities.
What’s your favorite unblockable card? What kind of decks do you use unblockable creatures in? Let me know in the comments down below or over on the Draftsim Twitter.
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