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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".

Ancient dragons[edit]

Elder Dragons[edit]

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. However, more recent lore seems to imply that Ugin may also be considered an Elder Dragon. [3]

Lesser Elders[edit]

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.

Scarzam dragons[edit]

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.


Hellkites are among the most powerful dragons. 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

Alaran dragons[edit]

Grixian Dragons[edit]

In the Shard of Alara known as Grixis, there is one known dragon remaining, the demon-dragon Malfegor. The bones of a massive dragon do exist though, encircling the necropolis of Unx.

Jundian Dragons[edit]

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.[4]

Dominarian dragons[edit]

Primeval Dragons[edit]

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.

Dragon species[edit]

Alabaster dragons[edit]

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

Artifact dragons[edit]

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 [5] Teeka's dragon was an artificial dragon created by the artificer Teeka in the short story "Better Mousetrap" in the Distant Planes anthology.

Canopy dragons[edit]

Canopy dragons are native to the Mwonvuli Jungle in Jamuraa.

Krosan dragons[edit]

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.

Nalathni dragons[edit]

A Nalathni dragon communicating with an Olesian ally.

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


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".

Shivan dragons[edit]

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.

Viashivan Dragons[edit]

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

Vampiric dragons[edit]

A Vampiric Dragon wreaked havoc on Otaria in the short story "Seasons of Slaughter" in the Monsters of Magic anthology. It is unknown if it is unique.

Innistrad Dragons[edit]

Little is known of the Innistradi Dragons, but they are considered to be lesser threats in comparison to the many scourges of the plane, likely only because of their sparse numbers.

Mercadian dragons[edit]

Two-headed dragons[edit]

Two-Headed Dragons can be found on Mercadia.

Mirrodin dragons[edit]

Clockwork dragons[edit]

Clockwork Dragons are artificial dragons found on Mirrodin.

Furnace dragons[edit]

The furnace dragons lived on Mirrodin.[6] They were 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.

New Phyrexian dragons[edit]

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

Kamigawa dragons[edit]

Dragon Spirits[edit]

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.

Phyrexian dragons[edit]

Dragon engines[edit]

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.

Ravnican Dragons[edit]

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 nearly all of them had been killed. The most significant exception being Niv-Mizzet, the parun and Guildleader of the Izzet League who had led the hunt against the others of his kind.

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).

Shadowmoor Dragons[edit]

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

Shandalar Dragons[edit]

Astral dragons[edit]

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

Tarkir Dragons[edit]

In present day Tarkir, dragons were originally extinct, leading to Sarkhan Vol's fascination with them as a planeswalker. They were born from Ugin's elemental storms, which spawned different types of dragons in accordance to the mana in different terrains. [3] These beasts once terrorized the plane's inhabitants; as such, the local clans hunted them to extinction, a task made easier by Ugin's death at the hands of Nicol Bolas and the subsequent end to the elemental storms. However, Sarkhan eventually traveled back in time, bringing dragons back to life as he saved Ugin's life, and thus the storms. As the dragon slumbered, the storms increased over several years, to the point that Tarkir was more overrun by dragons than ever. Eventually, however, each of the clans surrendered to the reptiles, and the dragons have lorded over them ever since in the timeline.

Five types of dragons, each lead by a prominent and eponymous figure, existed:

  • Dromoka's Brood, named after their female champion, were revered by the Abzan Houses for their endurance. They were robust, ankylosaur-like beasts well protected by scaly armour, and that breathed beams of light. They were drawn to Tarkir's hot and sunlight lit deserts. They attacked the Abzan over their "necromantic" ways, seeing their summoning of the spirits of the ancestors as an affront to nature and life, and thus massacred them until their khan, Daghatar, was brought before Dromoka's presence in the new timeline, years after Ugin's injury. Learning why she acted as she did, he destroyed his mace, and ordered the end of the Abzan kin-tree traditions, installing instead a pact with the dragons. Under Dromoka's rule, the Abzan were forbidden to not only use "necromancy", but also of even thinking of the concepts of "clan" or "khan", effectively abolishing the Abzan's identity under her tyranny. [7]
  • Ojutai's Brood, named after their male champion, were admired by the Jeskai Way. They were lithe, feathered winged creatures drawn to Tarkir's cold peaks, and with an icy breath. They were cunning and treacherous, forcing the Jeskai into a battle of wits for their own survival. Though Ojutai's motivation to kill the Jeskai was never made entirely clear, he and his brood established themselves as exceptionally dogmatic individuals after taking over the Jeskai, when they attacked the meeting of the khans. Accepting Shun Yun's terms of surrender, Ojutai murdered him, then ordered the execution of every ghostfire Jeskai warrior. Finally, as the new leader, he demanded that the records of the Jeskai were edited to rewrite history in his favour, declaring himself ruler and the clan abolished. [7]
  • Silumgar's Brood, named after their male champion, were inspirational to the Sultai Brood. They were snake headed creatures with a corrosive, venomous breath, associated with the misty jungles and swamps, stealing treasure and spreading death everywhere. In the new timeline, the Sultai khan offended the rakhasa and the Nagas, promtping them to abandon the clan, forcing them thus to make a pact with Silumgar and his brood. Tasigur betrayed the other khans by revealing to Silumgar and Ojutai the location of their meeting, under the promise of a special place of power under Silumgar's regiment. This position was revealed to be Silumgar's personal slave, and war trophy. [7]
  • Kolaghan's Brood, named after their female champion, were imitated by the Mardu Horde. They were slim creatures with four feathered wings and an assortment of frills and spines, capable of conjuring lightning. Taking dominion over the hills and steppes, they fought viciously against the Mardu. In the new timeline, Kolaghan and her brood established themselves as the sole non-tyrannical dragons, not interested in enslaving the Mardu. Instead, she invited Alesha and her warriors to keep up with her in the dragon's travels, and they did so. [7]
  • Atarka's Brood, named after their female champion, were honored by the Temur Frontier. They were robust, bestial dragons with antlers and horns and fur, breathing green flames. Preferring the cold slopes, they were driven by murderous hunger alone. In the new timeline, Atarka's barely sapient mentality proved to be the salvation to the Temur, as Yasova satiated her hunger by feeding her a mammoth carcass, distracting thus the dragon from attacking her clan. [7]

Dragon tokens[edit]

Dragon tokens are produced by:


See also[edit]


  1. Mark Rosewater. (March 20, 2012.) "Marquee creatures for the colors", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  2. Magic Arcana. (May 02, 2003.) "Obscure Dragons", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Magic Creative Team. (January 7, 2015.) "Planeswalker's Guide to Fate Reforged", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Magic Arcana. (October 30, 2008.) "Sketches: Predator Dragon", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Magic Arcana. (March 16, 2004.) "Artifact dragons", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Magic Arcana. (April 27, 2004.) "Dragons on Echoing Truth", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Kelly Digges. (February 18, 2015.) "Khanfall", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Magic Arcana. (April 29, 2003.) "Non-Dragon Dragon cards", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Magic Arcana. (April 28, 2003.) "Nalathni Dragon", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Mark Rosewater. (February 14, 2005.) "Land of the Rising Fun", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Magic Arcana. (April 10, 2006.) ""Non-X" Beware!", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.

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