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Aether Revolt
Aether Revolt
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Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description Leaking aether
Design Mark Gottlieb (lead)
Mark Rosewater
Ken Nagle
Gavin Verhey
Adam Prosak
Ari Levitch
Development Ben Hayes (lead)
Sam Stoddard
Ethan Fleischer
Adam Prosak
Yoni Skolnik
Tim Aten
Art direction Mark Winters
Release date January 20, 2017
Plane Kaladesh
Themes and mechanics Energy counters, Vehicles
Keywords/​ability words Crew, Improvise, Revolt
Set size 184 cards
+10 Planeswalker deck exclusives
Expansion code AER[1]
Development codename Stock
Kaladesh block
Kaladesh Aether Revolt N/A
Magic: The Gathering Chronology
Planechase Anthology Aether Revolt Modern Masters 2017

Aether Revolt is the 73rd Magic expansion, and the second in the Kaladesh block. It was released on January 20, 2017,[2] and is a small expansion.

Set details[]

Aether Revolt contains 184 cards (70 commons, 60 uncommons, 42 rares, and 12 mythic rares) and includes randomly inserted premium versions of all cards. Ten additional cards are found in the set's planeswalker decks (2 mythic planeswalkers, 2 rares, 2 uncommons, 2 commons, and 2 common dual lands). These are numbered #185/184 to #194/184.[3][4] Some Aether Revolt booster packs contain a Kaladesh Invention. The expansion symbol of the set is a Far Eastern inspired floral motive representing the "leaking spire," the symbol of the Renegades.


“  It's Time to Take the Power Back  ”

A revolt takes place on Kaladesh. Led by Pia Nalaar and aligned with aether-pirates, essence-drainers and weaponsmiths, the Renegades have seized control of large portions of Ghirapur. They seek to overthrow the authority of the Consulate. The Consulate responds with increased security and surveillance, the seizure of unregistered inventions, the monitoring of aether distribution, and the enforcement of a city-wide curfew. The Gatewatch and Ajani Goldmane support the renegades, while searching for the nefarious planeswalker Tezzeret.

Story Spotlight cards[]

Aether Revolt contains five Story Spotlight cards, used to showcase key moments in the story.

Magic Story[]

Main article: Magic Story
Title Author Release Date Setting (plane) Featuring
In the Dead of Night Alison Luhrs 2016-11-30 Kaladesh Yahenni, Nived, Gonti, the Gatewatch
Quiet Moments Michael Yichao 2016-12-07 Kaladesh The Gatewatch, Saheeli, Ajani, Pia Nalaar
Breakthrough Kimberly J. Kreines 2016-12-14 Kaladesh Tezzeret, Rashmi, Saheeli, Liliana
Revolution Begins Nik Davidson, Kelly Digges & Kimberly J. Kreines 2017-01-02 Kaladesh The Gatewatch, Pia Nalaar, Gonti, Sram, Rashmi
Burn Chris L'Etoile 2017-01-04 Kaladesh The Gatewatch, Dovin Baan, Tezzeret, Baral
The Skies over Ghirapur Ari Levitch 2017-01-11 Kaladesh Jace Beleren, Kari Zev, Depala
Breaking Points Doug Beyer 2017-01-18 Kaladesh The Gatewatch, Pia Nalaar, Saheeli Rai, Dovin Baan
Puppets James Wyatt 2017-01-25 Kaladesh Liliana Vess, Tezzeret, Gideon, Chandra
Renewal Mel Li, Kelly Digges, Alison Luhrs, Doug Beyer, and Chris L'Etoile 2017-02-01 Kaladesh The Gatewatch, Yahenni, Pia Nalaar


Aether Revolt is sold in 16-card booster packs (one card being a marketing card), two planeswalker decks, and the Aether Revolt bundle. The booster packs feature artwork from Ajani Unyielding, Tezzeret the Schemer, and Maulfist Revolutionary.[5]

Kaladesh Inventions[]

Main article: Kaladesh Inventions

Kaladesh Inventions are premium foil cards with a special Kaladeshi card frame and a separate expansion symbol. They are not part of the set, but can be found in some booster packs. Kaladesh Inventions are all artifacts, include all new art and flavor text set on Kaladesh, and appear slightly more often than premium mythic rares. These cards are playable in any limited format where they are opened and in any constructed format where they are already legal. Thirty Invention cards appeared with Kaladesh and 24 in Aether Revolt.


Prerelease Events took place on January 14, 2017.[6]

Promotional Cards[]

Tokens / emblem[]

Aether Revolt features 3 tokens and 1 emblem.[7]

  1. {R} 2/2 Gremlin creature for Gremlin Infestation and Release the Gremlins
  2. {R} 2/1 Legendary Monkey creature named Ragavan for Kari Zev, Skyship Raider
  3. {C} Artifact named Etherium Cell for Tezzeret the Schemer
  4. Emblem for Tezzeret the Schemer

Aether Revolt boosters also include cards to place energy counters on.[8]

Themes and mechanics[]

Vehicles and Energy counters are carried over from the previous set.[9] A theme of mana cost X or less is also present with numerous cards allowing for casting, returning or tutoring such cards.

There are two new named mechanics:[10]


Aether Revolt has six cycles:

Cycle name {W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Automatons Aegis Automaton Watchful Automaton Augmenting Automaton Welder Automaton Verdant Automaton
Five common artifact creatures that have a color identity through an activated ability.
Aether Critters Aether Inspector Aether Swooper Aether Poisoner Aether Chaser Aether Herder
Five mono-colored common creatures that give {E}{E} upon entering the battlefield and can spend {E}{E} to create a 1/1 colorless Servo artifact creature when attacking.
Experts Sram, Senior Edificer Baral, Chief of Compliance Yahenni, Undying Partisan Kari Zev, Skyship Raider Rishkar, Peema Renegade
Five mono-colored rare legendary creatures that tie to the Expertise cards.
Expertises Sram's Expertise Baral's Expertise Yahenni's Expertise Kari Zev's Expertise Rishkar's Expertise
Five rare sorceries with an on color effect that also allow for the casting of a free spell of converted mana {1} less than its casting cost.
Implements Implement of Improvement Implement of Examination Implement of Malice Implement of Combustion Implement of Ferocity
Five common artifacts, each of which has a colored activated sacrifice effect and let you draw a card when put into the graveyard.
Cycle name {W}{U} {U}{B} {B}{R} {R}{G} {G}{W} {W}{B} {B}{G} {G}{U} {U}{R} {R}{W}
Two-colored draft archetypes Spire Patrol Tezzeret's Touch Weldfast Engineer Outland Boar Renegade Rallier Hidden Stockpile Winding Constrictor Rogue Refiner Maverick Thopterist Renegade Wheelsmith
Ten uncommon cards which each represent a two-colored draft archetype.

Mega cycle[]

Cycle name {W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Rare color artifacts Peacewalker Colossus (Aether Revolt) Merchant's Dockhand (Aether Revolt) Scrapheap Scrounger (Kaladesh ) Bomat Courier (Kaladesh ) Lifecrafter's Bestiary (Aether Revolt)
Five artifacts that have an activated ability requiring a color, one for each color.


Aether Revolt has five mirrored pairs.

Mirrored Pairs Description
Call for Unity ({W}) Aid from the Cowl ({G}) Rare enchantments for 3MM with Revolt, with artwork of the Consulate Tower under assault.
Quicksmith Spy
Quicksmith Rebel
Rare Human artificers for 3M with mirrored stats that grant target artifact a tap ability upon entering the battlefield.
Aerial Modification
Siege Modification
Uncommon auras with "Enchant creature or Vehicle" that turn an enchanted Vehicle into a creature.
Aeronaut Admiral
Reckless Racer
Uncommon Human Pilots that have a keyword ability, alliterative names and mirrored flavor text that show citizens recruited into the two sides of the conflict.
Skyship Plunderer ({U}) Maulfist Revolutionary ({G}) Uncommon Human revolutionaries that have the ability to add counters of any type a single permanent.

Reprinted cards[]

Common to Uncommon[]

Uncommon to Common[]

Functional Reprints[]

Notable cards[]

Banned and Restricted cards[]

  • Felidar Guardian, as part of the Saheeli Rai combo, received the dubious honor of being the first card in 18 years (since Memory Jar in Urza's Legacy) to be emergency banned, after the release of Amonkhet.
  • Rogue Refiner was one of the two chosen Energy sources (the other being Attune with Aether) to be banned in order to weaken the Temur Energy deck after the release of Ixalan, as its midrange shell was stronger than anything else in the format. Being a cantrip, a curve-relevant body, and coming with two energy meant it often converted into two or more cards easily.
  • Walking Ballista was considered a fair midrange card that doubled as a clean infinite-mana win condition, and hence a powerful pivot plan for many decks. It was banned from Pioneer in August 2020 as part of a combo deck cleanup, as it already had a combo with Heliod, Sun-Crowned, forcing ramp and infinite mana decks to work harder to win. Similar concerns likely contributed to it being removed from Kaladesh Remastered, effectively making it also banned from Historic.

Card comparisons[]

Preconstructed decks[]

Aether Revolt has two planeswalker decks:[5]

deck name
Colors Included Planeswalker
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Ajani W G Ajani, Valiant Protector
Tezzeret U B Tezzeret, Master of Metal


  1. Product information
  2. Wizards of the Coast (May 16, 2016). "Announcement Day". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Blake Rasmussen (January 5, 2017). "Exclusive Cards in the Aether Revolt Planeswalker Decks". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Wizards of the Coast (January 6, 2017). "Aether Revolt Release Notes". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. a b c Blake Rasmussen (2016-12-05). "Aether Revolt Packaging, Promos, and Planeswalker Decks". Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Gavin Verhey (January 9, 2017). "Aether Revolt Prerelease Primer". Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Blake Rasmussen (January 6, 2017). "The Tokens of Aether Revolt". Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Trick Jarrett. (January 7, 2017.) Yes, and so will Kaladesh boosters in pre-prerelease packs. Community Manager's twitter account.
  9. Mark Rosewater (January 2, 2017). "A Revolting Development (and Design), Part 1". Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Matt Tabak (January 2, 2017). "Aether Revolt Mechanics". Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Ben Hayes (January 3, 2017). "Leading Aether Revolt". Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Mark Rosewater (January 9, 2017). "A Revolting Development (and Design), Part 2". Wizards of the Coast.