Magic: The Gathering Rarity Guide
This short guide will will assist with understanding Magic: The Gathering card rarities.
There are four main rarities in Magic: The Gathering, them being the following:
These cards are found at different rates and have varying impact in gameplay. Below is detailed information and examples of these rarities with their distinguishing features pointed out using red arrows.
Common (C): Common cards are the most abundant and make up the majority of boosters. These cards have a high impact in limited play. Their expansion symbol is black except in the case of a several expansions where it is white. Newer expansions have a "C" just above the artists name representing "Common" rarity.
Uncommon (U): These cards are found at about a 1-3 ratio to commons and are characterized by a silver or faded black to white expansion symbol. Newer expansions have a "U" just above the artists name representing "Unommon" rarity.
Rare (R): Rares have a gold expansion symbol and usually no more than 1 would be found per booster. Newer expansions have an "R" just above the artists name representing "Rare" rarity.
Mythic Rare (M): Usually found at a ratio of about 1 per 8 booster packs. Mythic Rares have a dark orange colored expansion symbol. Newer expansions have an "M" just above the artists name representing "Mythic" rarity.