Unstable Shapeshifter | Magic: The Gathering


Formats Unstable Shapeshifter is Legal in


Sets Unstable Shapeshifter is in




Official Oracle Text for Unstable Shapeshifter

Card Name:
Unstable Shapeshifter
Casting Cost:
Creature — Shapeshifter

Card Text:
Whenever another creature enters the battlefield, Unstable Shapeshifter becomes a copy of that creature and gains this ability.

Flavor Text:
"In a world of untruths, the living lie rules."
—Oracle en-Vec

Official Rulings for Unstable Shapeshifter

10/4/2004 : The copy effect is not targeted.

10/4/2004 : If a creature enters the battlefield that has some characteristic or ability set when it enters the battlefield, the copy does not get to make that choice (because it is not entering the battlefield). All values are zero and all checks for choices consider the choice not to have been made.

10/4/2004 : If the creature has power/toughness that is continuously recalculated, so does this copy of it.

10/4/2004 : When it changes "shape" to a new creature, any "enters the battlefield" abilities of the creature do not trigger.

8/1/2008 : The ability is granted as part of the copy effect, which means it will be removed by any effects that would remove abilities regardless of when the effect was created.

8/1/2008 : If an Unstable Shapeshifter is on the battlefield when another Unstable Shapeshifter enters the battlefield, the first one gets the second one's triggered ability, so will copy the next creature that enters the battlefield twice. It will only do so the next time a creature enters the battlefield, because the second "becomes a copy" effect to resolve will erase the extra triggered ability.


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