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Does a creature become an artifact creature when an artifact is equipped onto it or just a creature with an artifact on it?

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No, an artifact creature is specifically a creature that has "artifact" written in its type line. See Platinum Emperion for an example; it specifically says "artifact creature". A creature could also become an artifact creature through an effect that says it changes the type, such as Mycosynth Lattice. But attaching an equipment to a creature will not affect the creature's types unless that equipment specifically says something like "equipped creature is an artifact in addition to its other types" such as Silverskin Armor.

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    e.g. Silverskin Armor
    – Hao Ye
    Dec 7 '14 at 18:34

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