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Dragons are powerful and intelligent serpentine creatures from across the multiverse. They are huge, flying reptiles with formidable physical strength, and many of them also score high on intelligence and magical capabilities. They can be found in all facets of the Color Pie, although more dragons are aligned with red than with any other color. Dragon is the iconic creature for the color red, and at least one red Dragon has appeared in every core set. [1] [2]

Baby or miniature dragons are referred to as "hatchlings" and "whelps".

[edit] Ancient dragons

[edit] Elder Dragons

The Elder Dragons were ancient dragons of Dominia. Their vast power rivaled that of planeswalkers. The chronologically oldest bit of Magic lore we have is that about the Elder Dragon Wars, a conflict that shook the planes and killed most of their kind. The winners of the war became the ancestors of all dragons and drakes, while the losers were stripped of their wings, limbs and most of their power and became the Elder Land Wurms, which spawned all other wurm species. Viashino are also descendants of them, although it is unknown how.

There is some debate about how many Elder Dragons actually survived. We know for sure that the siblings Nicol Bolas, Chromium Rhuell, Arcades Sabboth, Palladia-Mors, and their cousin Vaevictis Asmadi survived, but were there any others? Some prerevisionist lore says there were none, and that Piru was a Lesser Elder, but it seems unlikely that a race as powerful as the dragons could arise from five close relatives. It could be that the five Elder Dragon Legends were simply the most prominent of the survivors. Presently, Nicol Bolas is the only known Elder Dragon that still lives and is the most powerful of the Elder Dragons.

[edit] Lesser Elders

Also known as Lower Dragons. Their name suggests that they are insignificant or weak, but this is only the case when compared to the Elder Dragons. The Lesser Elders where the firstborn children of the Elders. They were less powerful than their parents but still very mighty and they sired the many races of dragons we know today.

Known Lesser Elders are Scarzam dragons, and possibly Piru.

[edit] Scarzam dragons

The Scarzam dragons were a race of dragons sired by the Lesser Elder Scarzam and used by a woman, Sivitri Scarzam, to wage war on Corondor. They were nearly wiped out by a magical, poisonous flower created by Sol'Kanar to destroy Sivitri's power. Only one, and the biggest of these dragons, survived.

[edit] Alaran dragons

[edit] Grixian Dragons

In the Shard of Alara known as Grixis, there is one known dragon, the demon-dragon Malfegor.

[edit] Jundian Dragons

In the Shard of Alara known as Jund, dragons are the dominant race on the top of the food chain. They are worshiped by the goblins who consider it an honor to be eaten alive by them.

[edit] Dominarian dragons

[edit] Primeval Dragons

The five Primeval Dragons were self-proclaimed gods and once ruled Dominaria until the Numena managed to imprison them and steal their power. The Primevals were ordinary dragons until all of them were awakened, when their combined magic unlocked their magnificent powers.

During the Phyrexian Invasion, Tevesh Szat revealed the existence of the Primevals to Rhammidarigaaz, also known as Darigaaz, who was in fact a reincarnated Primeval himself. After they were all reawakened, they went on a rampage against both Dominarians and Phyrexians, until Karn convinced Darigaaz of his folly. Darigaaz committed suicide by plunging into a volcano after which the other Primevals could be defeated.

Their names had a special meaning in Old Draconic describing the stages of a dragon's life. The first Primeval was Rhammidarigaaz ("conception"), the second was Rith ("childhood"), the third was Treva ("youth"), the fourth was Dromar ("adulthood"), and the last was Crosis ("death").

In addition to being godlike themselves, each dragon has a characteristic associated with belonging to the Ur-Dragon, the spirit of all dragonkind. Each characteristic can be found in the flavor text of its respective attendant golem.

[edit] Dragon species

[edit] Alabaster dragons

The Alabaster dragons were white-aligned dragons from Argive. They were said to be at home among the clouds.

[edit] Artifact dragons

Draco is a powerful artifact dragon. It is not known what Draco is or originally was, but the artwork suggests that it might had been a natural dragon (Instead of a pure artificial construct) that was later modified with certain metallic parts. other artifact dragons are Tek and the Clockwork Dragon [3] Teeka's dragon was an artificial dragon created by the artificer Teeka in the short story "Better Mousetrap" in the Distant Planes anthology.

[edit] Canopy dragons

Canopy dragons are native to the Mwonvuli Jungle in Jamuraa.

[edit] Hellkites

Hellkites were among the most powerful dragons of Dominaria. The dragons that destroyed Rashida Scalebane's village were Crimson Hellkites.

The hellkites of Bogardan survived even in the post-apocalyptic rift-tortured Dominaria.

Powerful Hellkites known as Hellkite Overlords inhabit the shard of Jund

[edit] Krosan dragons

The Krosan dragons of Otaria have no wings but have six legs, are covered in thorny armor and breathe a magical vapor that causes wild vegetation to grow in their presence. Smaller Krosan dragons called dragonettes were used in the Cabal's pits. However, this caused a fully-grown dragon to come to Cabal City to try to avenge its kin.

[edit] Nalathni dragons

The Nalathni Dragon are small but intelligent dragons. They helped their Olesian allies fight against the goblin hordes of Pashalik Mons.

[edit] Nekoru

Nekoru, or Cat-Dragons, are cat-like beings with reptilian wings from Jamuraa. It is unknown whether they where actually descendants from the Elder Dragons, although their non-reptilian bodies seem to suggest otherwise.

The nekoru Wasitora played an important role in the second Legends Cycle. The race was revisited in Time Spiral — when Teferi's host is transported to Madara near Talon Gates thanks to the call of Nicol Bolas, the party meets the nekoru prince Yurei-teki.

The name "Nekoru" comes from the Japanese word "Neko", for "cat", and "ru" (or "ryu"), for "dragon". Literally translated it means "cat-dragon".

[edit] Shivan dragons

Shivan dragons were the most powerful red-aligned dragons and hailed from the island of Shiv. Sometimes they allied themselves with the Viashino of their homeland; sometimes they fought against them. After Teferi phased out a large chunk of Shiv, some of these dragons tried to rebuild their native land, many journeyed away to seek any opportunity to restore the broken pride of their race; Rorix Bladewing was one of those dragons. Rorix fought and died in the Grand Coliseum, but after his death he was reanimated as Bladewing the Risen.

Rhammidarigaaz and his mother Gherridarigaaz were also shivan dragons.

[edit] Vampiric dragons

A vampiric dragon wreaked havoc on Otaria in the short story "Seasons of Slaughter" in the Monsters of Magic anthology.

[edit] Viashivan Dragons

Viashivan dragons were Jamuraan dragons rivaling the Shivan dragons in power.

[edit] Innistrad Dragons

Archwing dragons are reputed to be swifter than an angel, crueler than a demon, and relentless as a ghoul. Balefire dragons are a threat to the human population while Moonveil dragons are considered allies.

[edit] Mercadian dragons

[edit] Two-headed dragons

Two-headed dragons can be found on Mercadia.

[edit] Mirrodin dragons

[edit] Clockwork dragons

Clockwork dragons are artificial dragons found on Mirrodin.

[edit] Furnace dragons

The furnace dragons lived on Mirrodin. [4] They were probably brought there by Memnarch's soul traps and parts of their bodies were turned into metal by the mycosynth that grows inside Mirrodin. The metal components augmented their offensive power and mobility. Furnace dragons had a literal furnace inside their chest, which generated both their breath weapon and bursts of fire from "exhaust vents" in their wings. Unlike most other dragons, they didn't glide on wind currents; they flew through Mirrodin's skies on pure explosive power. Their metallic modifications left them inherently unstable. Overloading their furnaces for particularly large periods of flame-production could have explosive repercussions. A known (although possibly mythic) furnace dragon is Chiss-Goria.

[edit] New Phyrexian dragons

Skithiryx, a pawn of Sheoldred, was a compleated dragon.

[edit] Kamigawa dragons

[edit] Dragon Spirits

The dragon spirits are powerful kami of Kamigawa. There are five, one for each color of magic. During the Spirit War, they did not side with O-Kagachi, but remained true to their pledge to protect several important places of the mortals.

The Kamigawa vignette on Kiki-Jiki reveals that there are more dragons on Kamigawa and that not all of them sided against O-Kagachi. Nothing more is known about them though.

It is important to note that while they have the shape of a dragon, they are in fact spirits foremost. This is an important distinction when considering the planeswalker Ugin who is known as a spirit dragon and therefore does not have as much in common with them as one would assume.

[edit] Phyrexian dragons

[edit] Dragon engines

Dragon engines were dragon-like creatures of unknown origin that lived in the first sphere of Phyrexia. They were used by Mishra during the Brothers' War (he used real Phyrexian dragon engines and his own versions which were inferior) and by Phyrexia itself in the Invasion.

Remains of them can still be found in Dominaria among the wreckage of the Invasion.

Ramos, a construct worshipped as a god by the Cho-Arrim, is perhaps the most well-known example of a dragon engine.

[edit] Ravnican Dragons

On the plane of Ravnica, with dragons deemed too dangerous to exist, the Guildpact was signed in part to rid the world of such beings; around the Decamillennial almost all of them were dead. The most significant exception being Niv-Mizzet, the parun and Guildleader of the Izzet League.

Zomaj Hauc tried to revive some ancient dragon eggs some years after the Decamillennial, but was foiled by Agrus Kos, Teysa Karlov, and their allies.

There are also lesser dragons still free, who are either hunted (Hunted Dragon) or trained as pets (Rakdos Pit Dragon, by the Rakdos).

[edit] Shadowmoor Dragons

In Shadowmoor there is a Knollspine Dragon who is believed to be hidden in the Spinerock Knoll during the Lorwyn phase.

[edit] Shandalar Dragons

[edit] Astral dragons

Also known as faerie dragons these dragons were unique to the plane of Shandalar. One of them defeated planeswalker Faralyn.

[edit] Dragon tokens

Dragon tokens are produced by:

[edit] Trivia

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. Mark Rosewater. (March 20, 2012.) "Marquee creatures for the colors", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  2. Magic Arcana. (May 02, 2003.) "Obscure Dragons", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Magic Arcana. (March 16, 2004.) "Artifact dragons", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Magic Arcana. (April 27, 2004.) "Dragons on Echoing Truth", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Magic Arcana. (April 29, 2003.) "Non-Dragon Dragon cards", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Magic Arcana. (April 28, 2003.) "Nalathni Dragon", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Mark Rosewater. (February 14, 2005.) "Land of the Rising Fun", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.

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