Unicorns are such amazing creatures, we always want to know and understand more about them. There are many different types of unicorn – different breeds and species.
Most of us think of the traditional European unicorn, with a horse’s body, a single horn, and usually a bright white coat. However, across the world and throughout myths and legends, unicorns exist in all sorts of different forms.
When somebody says unicorn to you, do you think of the white, gleaming creature we most commonly see in picture books? Do you think of something from another culture or a different story, or is your unicorn unique to you?
If you want to know more about the different kinds of unicorns that gallop through our world, you’ve come to the right place!
How Many Different Type of Unicorns there are?
There are many different types of unicorns that come from mythology. It is hard to tell the specific number, however, it could be tens or even hundreds of different types of unicorns.
They are from different regions and from several myths, tales, and stories. Some of them might scare you, others calm you down and heal you. Some species have wings and others are eating marshmallows for breakfast. There are unicorns who might bring you bad luck and there are unicorns with different colors. There is even a way to interpret your dream according to the unicorn you see.
The European Unicorn (so called Ruvas)
European Unicorns is probably the best-known unicorn type. Landofunicorns also call this spiece of unicorn Ruva
They are often depicted in sleek silver or pure white, these are the ones we tend to associate with the term unicorn today. Europen Unicorns are generally close in size to horses, or perhaps a little bigger. They are extremely swift runners, and their single horn has magical properties, bringing good fortune and healing to those around them.
This type of unicorn is the one you’re most likely to have spotted if you live in Europe, perhaps slipping out of sight behind a tree, or rustling deeper into a bush to get away – see all the places where unicorns do live.
Keep your eyes peeled for others; you never know what you might see if you look hard enough!
The Bright European (Rainbow) Unicorn
Unlike the species mentioned above, the Bright European Rainbow type of unicorns are usually brightly colored or even look like a rainbow.
They can have rainbow manes and tails, or they can be a single shade of pastel. European Rainbow Unicorns often carry markings on their coats, perhaps a star (or a heart) on their flank or forehead, and this is said to enhance their power.
It’s possible that they take their colors from their diet; perhaps the blue ones tend to munch on blueberries and blackberries, while the pink favors strawberries and raspberries or maybe other berries. See, what else are unicorns usually eating.
Those who take on multi-colors are probably the swiftest runners, able to race to the end of a rainbow and snatch a few nibbles before the sun fades or the rain stops.
Bright European unicorns are very closely related to the white European unicorn and may be descended from it. Their size and shape
Eastern European Unicorn
UnicornGlitterPalace mentions this type of unicorn as being similar to the European unicorn, but much smaller. At the size of a pony rather than a large horse, Eastern European Unicorn cannot compete with its European cousin in terms of height, but it’s still nimble and swift. It can squeeze through smaller places, and searches for most of its food at ground-level, snuffling around for fallen berries or tasty greens.
These creatures are extremely cute and perhaps have inspired modern drawings of unicorns with big, shiny eyes. A little rounder and chubbier than their taller cousins, these are definitely attractive equines!
When we think of unicorns, most of us imagine the familiar creature with the spiraling horn in the center of its forehead. These are, after all, the ones we are most accustomed to seeing, and the spiraling horn looks very similar to a narwhal’s horn, though not quite as long. Its twisting shape is very pleasing to the eye.
As mentioned by LandOfUnicorns, however, there are unicorns which have a straight horn upon their heads. This is rare, and most of these creatures live by the sea, hidden from sight and extremely shy of people. Their horns are longer than many other unicorn horns, and because of their straightness, are very keenly-edged.
It’s best to exercise caution if you happen across one of these creatures. They are not aggressive, but their long horns can be unwieldy, and their sharpness makes them dangerous.
The Qilin – The Chinese Unicorn
The Chinese unicorn, known as the Qilin, is very different from the European one. Rather than having a horse’s body, it takes the shape of a tiger or a deer, but it still has a single horn in the center of its forehead. It also carries many of the same associations and powers as other unicorns, including good luck and powers of healing.
These creatures are, naturally, found in China rather than in other parts of the world. This is their homeland and the place where they are respected and recognized. The Qilins are thought to herald the birth or death of great leaders, according to ThoughtCo, so they are needed in China. Qilins rarely have a cause to stray into the rest of the world, so you’re unlikely to see one unless you visit their native country.
If you are interested to know more about the Qilins, have a look on our Chinese Unicorn article.
PS: you can even get yourself a qilin to protect your home!
Perhaps the least known, and certainly the least welcome, of the unicorn family is the Nightmare – one of the Black Unicorns. A creature of darkness and fire, this is not a mythical beast you would like to meet anywhere!
The Nightmare’s mane and tail are made of fire, and it is a truly fearsome equine, often portrayed as solid black, with flaming eyes. ThisUnicornLife tells us that they are extremely fast creatures, moving with supernatural speed. This may be increased by the flames around their hooves.
They rarely play games with their brighter cousins, but their speed would make them formidable opponents if they could ever be persuaded to do so. Perhaps it’s for the best that they are very rare, and extremely wary of people.
The Magicorns – Most Powerful Unicorns
The Magicorns are said to be the unicorns with the most magical powers. These creatures usually live more separately and places that are abandoned by people: old fields and ranches. They usually eat fresh grass and crops and stay together in pairs – the reason for this is using most of their unrealistic power in case of a need!
They can use their magical powers when jointing their horns and making huge energy waves – therefore their magical skills are often said to be the biggest power ever! That is crazy – probably those could be Magicorn type of unicorns seen in Harry Potter!
Many people say that pegasi are not actually unicorns. They have no horns, and they do have beautiful wings that give them the ability to swoop up into the clouds. They might not be technical “unicorns,” but they are certainly a close cousin, and we’re pretty sure that these beautiful horses spend plenty of time frisking and frolicking together!
Pegasi have the obvious advantage when it comes to playing games with their cousins, however; they can sweep off into the sky, leaving the unicorns to canter below. Most pegasi live up in the clouds, prancing in the sunlight and preening their beautiful wings until they gleam. If you ever see one on the ground, you’re extremely lucky!
Pegasi and unicorns can breed, and the result is usually called either a pegacorn or a unicus, mean unicorns with wings. These are among the most beautiful unicorn species on Earth, combining the best traits of both parents. They have spectacular wings and can fly with grace, but also bear the great horn that so many of us recognize as the sign of unicorns.
The High-Flying Unicorn
This is perhaps more of a pun than a serious suggestion about a sub-species of a unicorn, but it’s interesting nonetheless. The term “unicorn” has come to describe a specific type of business. According to Forbes, unicorns are tech businesses that manage to reach a billion-dollar fundraising valuation🦄.
The choice of the term may seem bizarre, but the idea is that such businesses are as rare as unicorns themselves. It also denotes value; unicorn horns were immensely valuable items at one time, and highly prized. This suggests the business will be fought over by potential investors, and that finding real ones is a challenge, as there are many fakes in the world.
Another connotation which such business owners may hope to draw is that of luck. With the future ahead, they will be full of optimism and excitement, but they’ll need the power, purity, and intelligence of real unicorns if they hope to make their mark on the world!
INTERESTING TO KNOW: In case you are interested in the business type of unicorns, you may find the Unlocking Unicorns book interesting. You will find several stories from different continents. All of them about is building your own unicorn.
If you are a more visual person, then Chasing Unicorn movie might be the right for you – a humorous conclusion of building the startup.
You can see even more unicorn movies about different types of unicorns.
Using the term “unicorn startup” for this amazing mythical beast tells us a lot about these businesses, what they are, and what they hope to be. Personally, however, I think real unicorns are much more interesting in all their beauty and diversity.
There are so many types of unicorn, it seems incredible that a single creature could be so diverse and take so many different forms. Mythology from around the world has shaped and re-shaped the body and characteristics of the unicorn, and our own imaginations continue to do so today.
This is by no means a definitive list of the different types of
Are there any you think should have been included here which got missed? Feel free to let us know!
PS: If you feel you want to get some fun and beautiful overview about the types and mystery of unicorns, feel free to have a closer look at Magical Society of Unicorns bookset. Seems like a great gift for the little unicorn explorers!