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Ajani Goldmane
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Race Nacatl leonin planeswalker
Birthplace Qasal Valley, Naya, Alara
Lifetime ~4527[1]
Center: {W}
Lost: {R}
Currently: {G}{W}
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Ajani Goldmane is a leonin planeswalker from Naya, Alara. He is part of the Gatewatch.

Appearance and characteristics[]

Ajani is a large one-eyed albino cat warrior, torn between his leonin ferocity and his sense of justice. He believes the strong should protect the weak, and that tyrants must be toppled at all cost. He cares for his allies, taking a mentor-like role for them, doing his best to help them through their time of troubles.

He is a large figure, standing 6'6" tall and weighing 250lbs. He is blind in his left eye.[1]

Ajani's beliefs have evolved over the years. When his spark first manifested (over the loss of his brother), he believed that channeling his rage toward avenging his fallen loved one was the correct path. He let his seething rage drive him forward, ignoring how his actions affected those around him. However, spending time with Elspeth morphed these views and, ultimately with her death, showed him that his fury wasn't the correct path to inner peace.

His specialty is magic of the purification of body and soul: spells that heal and strengthen his allies, and spells that evoke the inner, spiritual essence of others.[2]

Ajani is primarily white-aligned but secondarily green. He formerly had access to red mana but lost access to it after learning that rage doesn't bring peace. As Ajani planeswalks, he disappears in a golden light storm.[3]


Mortal life[]

Ajani's rage as a flame avatar

Ajani was born as an albino Nacatl, a stigma among his people described as "white as death", and so spent much of his youth as an outcast. It is unknown what happened to Ajani's parents, but it appears the only one to care for him was his older brother Jazal. Jazal gained a great deal of prestige among his peers despite Ajani's status among the pride, and soon Jazal rose to kha of the Qasal Valley pride. Jazal accepted the position in hopes that Ajani would be accepted and honored as he had been. However, Ajani was barely tolerated, a fact that Ajani eventually came to accept as appropriate treatment. However, Ajani had at least one friend, the tribe shaman Zaliki.

Ajani's rage as a Lightning Helix

Ajani was unique among his kin, not only for his bone-white fur but also due to his unique abilities to manipulate the various magics of the soul. He could see deep into other beings, and see the very essence of their spirits. He could call that essence forth and manifest it in a multitude of ways and, despite his pariah status, he was considered the best healer in his tribe. This earned him none of the prestige that Jazal thought it should, but Ajani once more just accepted that as his self worth to keep trouble from his brother.

As the celebration of the Marisi's Breaking of the Coil neared, Ajani was attacked by a group of humans, an unusual event of itself, but foreboding as Jazal discovered that they had been sent after Ajani himself, and not merely the Nacatl. Ajani sought to repay his brother for his heroic defense and began a hunt for the feast celebration. Secretly he was hoping to gain the pride's respect, but when he brought down a Godsire his kill was stolen by the worst of his persecutors, Tenoch. Ajani was savagely beaten by the rival leonin, a punishment that escalated after the white cat clumsily revealed his ability to see into the souls of others. He was left to drag himself back to the feast, keeping his peace for the sake of his brother and the tribe.

That night, after the revelries had died down, a dark figure stole through the sleeping pride. They dropped a vessel of dark magic into the fire and shades burst forth to attack the tribe. During the attack, Jazal was slain in his own lair with his own black axe, the dark twin to Ajani's own. Gripping Jazal's body, Ajani heard Jazal's voice and when he opened his eye, he was no longer on Naya.[4]

Alara unbroken[]

Ajani seeks revenge for his brother's death

Ajani found himself on Jund where he met Sarkhan Vol, who protected him from the dragon Karrthus and listened to the neophyte walker recount his tale. Sarkhan advised him to take hold of his anger and use it, to use his newfound gift as a walker to track down his brother's murderer and showed him how to planeswalk back to Naya. He found himself wandering the Qasali Valley, eventually finding his way to ruins of Antali where he encountered a strange apparition that set him to his quest of vengeance.

Ajani interrupts Nicol Bolas' plans in Alara

Back in Jazal's lair, he found the remnants of his brother's axe. He used the other axe head to create a new weapon that symbolized his plans for revenge. Of Jazal's body, there was no trace aside from the blood scattered all across the floor. He found what had become of Jazal in the pride center, where Jazal had been cremated. He spread Jazal's ashes across his body, and stalked off to confront Tenoch, suspecting him responsible for a mysterious object found in the fire. He found Tenoch overlooking a cliff and after a brief argument, in which Tenoch admitted he respected Ajani, Ajani threatened the other Nacatl by dangling him over the cliff edge. As Ajani let go, Tenoch dragged him over the ledge. Tenoch's clothing snagged on the cliff, and although Ajani grabbed hold of his foot, the rival leonin dislodged him. Taking serious injuries in the fall, and with no other option, he vanished into the Blind Eternities.

Ajani woke up in the care of Elspeth Tirel on Bant. After two weeks and the ministrations of the Bant balmgivers, Ajani left after warning Elspeth of the coming conflict. When he returned to Naya, he confronted Tenoch's mother, who revealed that Marisi had something to do with the attack on the pride. While confronting the legendary hero, they were interrupted by Mayael and Marisi pointed Ajani to seek the dragon Nicol Bolas. Knowing of only one place to find dragons, Ajani began a walk to Jund... only to find that Jund no longer existed. The Conflux had begun.

After a rough landing, Ajani found himself in the presence of Kresh and Clan Nel Toth who swore to help Ajani find his vengeance and slay the dragon. A lengthy sojourn took them all the way to the borders of Grixis where Kresh settled his grudge against Rakka-Mar, though it was Ajani who finished her off with a bolt of rage. To Ajani's surprise, Zaliki and Mayael found him on the edge of Grixis and looked to him to lead them against a horde of dragons lead by Sarkhan Vol. During this important crux, Ajani finally found Jazal's murderer. Zaliki was the one responsible for his brother's death but had been manipulated into doing so by Marisi. As Marisi had been slain by Zaliki, Ajani's quest for revenge would go unanswered, except that Bolas chose that moment to confront the assembled armies. In front of all the armies of Naya and Jund, Bolas consumed the mana of the Maelstrom, and in a desperate attempt to stop Bolas, Ajani severed everyone's mana bonds and absorbed the last tiny bit of the Maelstrom that Bolas hadn't. Using that power, he called up an effigy of Bolas's soul and used it to banish Bolas from Alara.

In the aftermath of the conflux wars, Ajani was offered the position of Kha and the respect of his entire pride, the one thing he had desired above all else. He was not the same being that he had been through and chose to leave Naya instead, entrusting Zaliki with the responsibilities of being the Kha.

Ajani's debt[]

Ajani's debt

Sometime after the conflux, Ajani once again sought out Elspeth, starting with those who last saw her. He finally found the errant knight in the gladiator pits of Urborg facing off against another heavily armored planeswalker. Ajani stopped Elspeth from delivering a death-blow when she saw a symbol on the other walker's arm. He escorted her back to her residence and beseeched her to return, that she could do more good on Alara than fighting for the money in the pits, treating herself so badly. She rebuked his offer, stating that it was pointless and that eventually, Grixis would overrun Bant's golden plains, that Bant itself was already gone.

Dismayed, Ajani acquiesced to her refusal, stating simply that her lack of hope saddened him. As a final kindness, before his departure, Ajani returned Elspeth's armor, which she had left on Bant.[5]

Journey to Theros[]

Ajani helps Elspeth on his journey to defeat Xenagos

After some time, Ajani found he could not bear to leave Elspeth to pursue her destructive behavior and so he tracked her to the plane of Theros. He had been here before and was well acquainted with Brimaz, who to his surprise had risen to become king. Around the campfires, he learned much of what had been going on, including Elspeth's role in what had happened and the injustice done to her. As a favor to him, Brimaz ordered his warriors to find her and after a brief search, the pair were reunited at Tethmos.

Ajani could see that her trials had badly hurt her, but he could not get her to speak of what had happened. Instead, she swore they would set things right, and Ajani agreed to stay at her side. To do so, they would have to travel to the mysterious temple of Kruphix at the edge of the world. They travelled by river from the Nessian forest to the Siren's Shipyard, seeking the legendary mariner Callephe. Standing amidst the shattered wreckage of ships, Ajani called up the legendary sunken ship known as The Monsoon, and to their surprise, Callephe appeared as soon as her ship had risen from the deep.

Ajani mourns the death of his friend Elspeth

She agreed to take them to the edge of the world, but that turned out to be a lie. Kiora revealed her deception as soon as they reached the sunken city of Arixmethes. Thassa confronted them, intending to deal with the lying merfolk, but not before sending the pair on their way, wishing them luck. They arrived at the edge of the world, and the god Kruphix allowed them to pass to the gateway of Nykthos, the shrine of Nyx. To gain entry to Nyx, one of them had to undergo an ordeal sent from the gods, and Ajani urged Elspeth to take Thassa's ordeal, but she pulled away from him at the last moment and gained entry from Erebos. He cursed his friend as a fool but set to the task at hand. They confronted Xenagos and the pair battled the god until at last Elspeth struck him down. However, the battle had taken its toll, and Nylea warned the pair that they must escape before Erebos or Heliod found them. They nearly escaped before Heliod appeared and used her own weapon to murder Elspeth. Ajani took his dying friend back to Theros and prepared to fight the agents of Erebos that were coming to claim his friend, but Brimaz's warriors ambushed him, pulling him away for his own good as his friend died.

Ajani woke up back in Tethmos, where the Theros' leonin healed him. After sparring with Brimaz, Ajani, unsure of what to do next, decided to find a cause to fight for. He remembered how Heliod struck down Elspeth and decides to make people stop believing in him. He traveled to Heliod's temple in Meletis, where he reveals Heliod's murder of Elspeth. Once his message of turning away from the gods had taken hold, Ajani returned to Oreskos. There he told his message to Brimaz and the dozen or so leonin present that the gods are creations of belief. With that, he earned his place amongst the leonin of Theros.[6] Ajani now wears Elspeth's cloak to honor her memory.[7][8]


Oath of Ajani - “Until all have found their place, I will keep watch.”

Ajani fights alongside the Renegades

Ajani left Theros, assured that his words had taken root enough to grow without him. He planeswalked to Kamigawa to the house of his old companion Tamiyo. Ajani stayed with her in order to mourn Elspeth's fate, to heal amidst the company of friends. During his stay, he learned of the crimes of Tezzeret's Infinite Consortium on Kamigawa and also informed Tamiyo that Elspeth had seen Tezzeret alive on New Phyrexia. Ajani prepared to track him down and bring him to justice.

After a month, the leonin had learned that Tezzeret had assumed a position on the plane of Kaladesh. On Kaladesh, Ajani established contact to the Renegades through with Renegade Prime and Oviya Pashiri. Upon arriving at Oviya's home, he learned that she had been taken into custody for being a Renegade. Meeting with the Renegade agent "Shadowblayde", an elven lifesmith, Ajani learned where Renegade Prime had been captured and of Tezzeret's involvement. The Renegades tracked Oviya to the Dhund, where Ajani found a cell filled with poisonous gas. Scaring the guardsman away, he forced the chamber door open, finding Oviya as well as Nissa and Chandra. The four quickly escaped before any more guards could arrive.[9]

After the events of the Consulate crackdown, Ajani continued to aid the Renegades. Following Chandra's duel with Baral in the streets of Ghirapur, he took great care in healing Oviya and Chandra's injuries, as both had been critically wounded in the battle.[10]

Once the Renegades had secured victory in the Revolt and brought sweeping change to the Consulate, Ajani found it an honor to be welcomed into the ranks of the Gatewatch. He took his oath for the purpose of protecting the innocent from tyrants, and to help all beings find their place. Though he now stood among them, Ajani objected to the Gatewatch's plans to immediately confront Nicol Bolas on the plane of Amonkhet. He pleaded with them to reconsider and wait for more allies, citing the possible collateral damage and Bolas' immense potential for advantage at the seat of his power.[11]


Ajani asked the Gatewatch to regroup on Dominaria and recruited Jhoira and her Weatherlight crew to help in an undisclosed venture. After learning that only Gideon and Liliana had arrived, and that they had been distracted by their quest against Belzenlok, the Leonin warrior left the plane again, to recruit more planeswalkers to join their fight against Bolas.[12]

War of the Spark[]

Ajani fights as the Interplanar Beacon is lit

Ajani traveled with the Gatewatch to Ravnica for the final confrontation with Bolas, and immediately became trapped there due to Bolas's use of the Immortal Sun. Alongside many other planeswalkers and Ravnicans, he fought against the Eternals of Bolas' Dreadhorde.[13] He bolstered the anti-Bolas forces by creating Aetherial copies of his leonin allies from Naya and Theros,[14] and he rallied the trapped planeswalkers against Bolas, inspiring courage in them and boosting their morale.[15]

During the invasion, the trapped planeswalkers got together with Ravnican leaders to strategize. At Jace's recommendation, they decided to split up into teams to focus on specific tasks. Ajani, Huatli, Jiang Yanggu, and Mu Yanling volunteered to help protect and rescue civilians. With the help of Vraska and the Golgari Swarm, they were able to evacuate many civilians to the tunnels beneath the city, where they would be safe from the Dreadhorde.

Ajani survived the battle and was present during the Planewide Celebration that followed.

Aftermath of the War[]

Ajani participated in the memorial service for Gideon on Theros.[3] Afterwards, he traveled to Femeref on Dominaria where he strategized with Karn and the Gatewatch on how to deal with the threat of New Phyrexian expansion. There, he reunited with Elspeth. Ajani told his friend that he had discovered the name of her home plane and that somehow, that plane survived a Phyrexian invasion. On his request, Elspeth left for the plane to learn the secret of its survival.[16]

Sometime later, Ajani traveled to Kaladesh to talk to Chandra and thank her for saving some people on his plane from monsters. He tried to console her before having to leave the girl once more.[17]

Ajani was met by Chandra on Alara after her quest for self-discovery came to an end. Lending his ever-healing aid, he talked to her about the pain he felt after losing his brother. Chandra decided to return to her mom and apologize to her thanks to his wisdom. Together they planeswalked away to Kaladesh, only to appear in the Consul's trashed home; before Tibalt, who had Chandra's mother bound beside him. Realizing that he couldn't compete with both Chandra and Ajani on their home turf, Tibalt fled to Innistrad. Chandra and Ajani followed in pursuit and managed to overpower him anyway.

Artifacts acquired[]

  • Ajani uses an axe made by combining the heads of his own axe with the head of his brother Jazal's axe.
  • After Elspeth's death, Ajani kept her friend's cloak as a way of honoring her.

Planeswalkers met[]

Planes visited[]


Story appearances[]

Title Author Publishing date Set Setting (plane) Featuring
Flight of the White Cat, Part 1 Brady Dommermuth 2008-10-08 Alara block Naya Ajani Goldmane, Jazal Goldmane
Flight of the White Cat, Part 2 Brady Dommermuth 2008-10-15 Alara block Naya, Jund Ajani Goldmane, Jazal Goldmane
Flight of the White Cat, Part 3 Brady Dommermuth 2008-10-22 Alara block Jund Ajani Goldmane, Karrthus, Sarkhan Vol
Gathering Forces, Part 1 Jenna Helland 2010-09-16 Scars of Mirrodin Dominaria Elspeth Tirel, Koth of the Hammer, Ajani Goldmane
Ajani, Mentor of Heroes Kelly Digges 2014-04-09 Journey into Nyx Theros Ajani Goldmane, Brimaz
Ajani's Vengeance Tom LaPille 2014-07-23 Magic 2015 Theros Ajani Goldmane, Brimaz
Drop for Drop Kelly Digges 2015-05-20 Journey into Nyx Theros Kiora, Ajani Goldmane, Elspeth Tirel, Thassa, Arixmethes
Release Chris L'Etoile 2016-10-05 Kaladesh Kaladesh, Kamigawa Chandra Nalaar, Nissa Revane, Oviya Pashiri, Ajani Goldmane, Tamiyo, Nashi
In This Very Arena Doug Beyer 2016-10-12 Kaladesh Ravnica, Kaladesh Jace Beleren, Ral Zarek, Liliana Vess, Nissa Revane, Chandra Nalaar, Oviya Pashiri, Ajani Goldmane, Gideon Jura, Kambal, Pia Nalaar, Dhiren Baral, Tezzeret, Saheeli Rai
Quiet Moments Michael Yichao 2016-12-07 Aether Revolt Kaladesh Gideon Jura, Chandra Nalaar, Liliana Vess, Saheeli Rai, Jace Beleren, Nissa Revane, Yahenni, Ajani Goldmane, Pia Nalaar
Burn Chris L'Etoile 2017-01-04 Aether Revolt Kaladesh Dovin Baan, Tezzeret, Chandra Nalaar, Nissa Revane, Gideon Jura, Jace Beleren, Liliana Vess, Dhiren Baral, Ajani Goldmane, Vatti, Oviya Pashiri
Breaking Points Doug Beyer 2017-01-18 Aether Revolt Kaladesh Gideon Jura, Chandra Nalaar, Liliana Vess, Pia Nalaar, Saheeli Rai, Rashmi, Hope of Ghirapur, Ajani Goldmane, Nissa Revane, Oviya Pashiri, Dovin Baan, Vatti
Renewal Mel Li, Kelly Digges, Alison Luhrs, Doug Beyer, and Chris L'Etoile 2017-02-01 Aether Revolt Kaladesh Chandra Nalaar, Pia Nalaar, Dhiren Baral, Gideon Jura, Nissa Revane, Jace Beleren, Liliana Vess, Ajani Goldmane, Depala, Yahenni
Impact Michael Yichao 2017-03-29 Amonkhet Kaladesh, Amonkhet Jace Beleren, Ajani Goldmane, Gideon Jura, Liliana Vess, Chandra Nalaar, Nissa Revane, Hazoret
Return to Dominaria: Episode 3 Martha Wells 2018-03-28 Dominaria Dominaria Jhoira, Tiana, Shanna Sisay, Danitha Capashen, Rafwyn Capashen, Arvad, Ajani Goldmane
Return to Dominaria: Episode 5 Martha Wells 2018-04-11 Dominaria Dominaria Ajani Goldmane, Jhoira, Gideon Jura, Lyra Dawnbringer, Liliana Vess, Thiago, Shanna Sisay, Rafwyn Capashen, Arvad, Tiana, Jodah, Naban
War of the Spark: Ravnica—Old Friends and New Greg Weisman 2019-05-08 War of the Spark Ravnica Rat, Hekara, Teyo Verada, Nicol Bolas, Liliana Vess, Kaya, Ral Zarek, Gideon Jura, Teferi, Lavinia, Jace Beleren, Chandra Nalaar, Jaya Ballard, Ajani Goldmane, Karn
War of the Spark: Ravnica—Rallying the Reluctant Greg Weisman 2019-05-22 War of the Spark Ravnica Rat, Kaya, Teyo Verada, Lavinia, Ral Zarek, Aurelia, Vorel, Gideon Jura, Jace Beleren, Isperia, Jiang Yanggu, Mowu, Dack Fayden, Ob Nixilis, Davriel Cane, Angrath, Huatli, Samut, Jaya Ballard, Vivien Reid, Ajani Goldmane, Kiora
War of the Spark: Ravnica—Desperate Operatives Greg Weisman 2019-05-29 War of the Spark Ravnica Rat, Kaya, Teyo Verada, Nissa Revane, Emmara Tandris, Trostani, Borborygmos, Ral Zarek, Storrev, Izoni, Varolz, Vraska, Ajani Goldmane, Mu Yanling, Jiang Yanggu, Mowu, Huatli
War of the Spark: Ravnica—Ashes Greg Weisman 2019-06-12 War of the Spark Ravnica Rat, Gideon Jura, Tomik Vrona, Lavinia, Ral Zarek, Jace Beleren, Chandra Nalaar, Teferi, Ajani Goldmane, Nissa Revane, Jaya Ballard, Karn, Kaya, Teyo Verada, Isperia, Dack Fayden, Saheeli Rai, Hekara, Vraska, Nicol Bolas, Borborygmos, Samut, Vorel, Sorin Markov, Nahiri, Arlinn Kord, Feather, Liliana Vess, Oketra, Rakdos, Bontu, Niv-Mizzet, Angrath, The Wanderer, Mu Yanling, Jiang Yanggu, Mowu, Vivien Reid, Aurelia, Exava, Lazav
Episode 1: Homecoming Elise Kova 2022-03-28 Streets of New Capenna Theros, Capenna Elspeth Tirel, Ajani Goldmane, Heliod, Xander, Anhelo, Jetmir, Jinnie, Regis, Kitt, Giada, Vivien Reid, Tezzeret, Urabrask
Episode 2: Dirty Laundry Elise Kova 2022-03-28 Streets of New Capenna Capenna, Dominaria Elspeth Tirel, Ajani Goldmane, Anhelo, Ob Nixilis

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  • The circlet that appears on Ajani's shoulder is the sigil of the Qasali Pride.[20]
  • Ajani's pride of Leonin warriors wears a painted scar over their eye as a marker for their allegiance.[21]
  • Ajani's original incarnation during design was as a white aligned paladin known as Theseus.[22]
  • Ajani's magic only works on others, so his planeswalker cards mostly heal and pump.[23]


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  4. Brady Dommermuth (October 8, 2008). "Flight of the White Cat". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Jenna Helland (2010), "Gathering Forces", Wizards of the Coast
  6. Tom LaPille (July 23, 2014). "Ajani's Vengeance". Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Doug Beyer (June 28, 2014). "Is that Elspeth's cloak that Ajani is wearing?". A Voice for Vorthos. Tumblr.
  8. Mel Li (August 19, 2015). "Checking in on the Planeswalkers (2015)". Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Chris L'Etoile (October 5, 2016). "Release". Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Chris L'Etoile (January 4, 2017). "Burn". Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Mel Li, Kelly Digges, Alison Luhrs, Doug Beyer and Chris L'Etoile (February 1, 2017). "Renewal". Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Martha Wells (April 11, 2018). "Return to Dominaria: Episode 5". Wizards of the Coast.
  13. a b c Greg Weisman (April 2019). "War of the Spark: Ravnica". Del Rey.
  14. Ajani's Pridemate
  15. Storm the Citadel
  16. Elise Kova (March 29, 2022). "Episode 2: Dirty Laundry". Wizards of the Coast.
  17. Vita Ayala (2018). "Magic: The Gathering - Chandra". IDW Publishing.
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  19. Doug Beyer (October 24, 2007). "Planeswalkers Unmasked". Wizards of the Coast.
  20. Monty Ashley (August 6, 2012). "Mark of Pride". Wizards of the Coast.
  21. Trick Jarrett (July 18, 2013). "Starry Eyed". Wizards of the Coast.
  22. Devin Low (November 2, 2007). "One Planeswalker's Journey". Wizards of the Coast.
  23. Mark Rosewater (March 29, 2019). "What is Ajani’s theme as a planeswalker?". Blogatog. Tumblr.

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