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Race Cyclops
Birthplace Ravnica
Lifetime Mending Era

Borborygmos is an enormous cyclops from Ravnica. He is the largest and angriest of the many large and angry leaders of the Gruul Clans leaders. Although there is little official about the guild, he is often considered to be its Guildmaster. This is because when he gives orders, the Gruul listen.[1]


Borborygmos has a bestial look, with his single eye, a wild mane of red hair and two twisting horns. He only wears a few scraps of leather armor.[2] He is allegedly a descendant of the Gruul Parun Cisarzim.[3]


Borborygmos led the Burning Tree clan, which is the largest and most diverse of the Gruul Clans. For decades, he commanded the respect and obedience of the Gruul by defeating all who challenged him.[4] He embodied the raging fire that the Gruul believe burns in their bellies, and his wrath toward the civilization of Ravnica knew no bounds.

As a favor to Niv-Mizzet, the cyclops attended the guild summit on behalf of the Gruul Clans.[2] This cost him much respect and honor amongst his people, for whom cooperation was anathema.

With Bolas' urging, the planeswalker Domri Rade challenged and defeated the aging Borborygmos by setting waves of beasts on him.[5] The cyclops wasn't killed but lost the Gruul's respect even more. Afterwards he lived as a Trog (hermit) in the Rubblebelt.[6]

War of the Spark[]

Borborygmos was again acting as Gruul's guildmaster after Domri Rade's death in the War of the Spark. He was convinced by Kaya's group to aid the guilds in the fight against the Dreadhorde.[7][8] He showed a fondness for Rat, whose parents were prominent Gruul warriors.

He served as the representative for the Gruul at the resurrection of Niv-Mizzet as the new Living Guildpact.[9]

Story appearances[]

Title Author Publishing date Set Setting (plane) Featuring
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—Operation Desperation Greg Weisman 2019-06-05 War of the Spark Ravnica Rat, Teyo Verada, Kaya, Ral Zarek, Vraska, Exava, Rakdos, Tomik Vrona, Hekara, Nissa Revane, Lavinia, Borborygmos, Emmara Tandris, Vannifar, Vorel, Aurelia, Lazav, Kefnet, Niv-Mizzet
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
The Gathering Storm: Chapter Ten Django Wexler 2019-08-14 Guilds of Ravnica / Ravnica Allegiance Ravnica Ral Zarek, Isperia, Dovin Baan, Hekara, Borborygmos, Aurelia, Lazav, Emmara Tandris, Kaya, Teysa Karlov, Vraska, Niv-Mizzet

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The neolatin noun "Borborygmos" means a rumbling or gurgling sound caused by the movement of gas in the intestines.[11]


  1. Magic Arcana (January 23, 2006). "Borborygmos's Orders". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. a b Django Wexler (August 14, 2019), The Gathering Storm, Chapter Ten.
  3. Rei Nakazawa (January 9, 2006). "Signing Onto the Guildpact".
  4. James Wyatt and Jeremy Crawford (November 2018). "D&D Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica", Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Django Wexler (August 28, 2019), The Gathering Storm, Chapter Twelve.
  6. James Wyatt (January 2019). "The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Ravnica'" . Wizards of the Coast
  7. Greg Weisman (April 2019). "War of the Spark: Ravnica". Del Rey.
  8. Greg Weisman (May 29, 2019). "War of the Spark: Ravnica – Desperate Operatives". Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Greg Weisman (June 5, 2019). "War of the Spark: Ravnica – Operation Desperation". Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Monty Ashley (March 04, 2013). "Borborygmos Then and Now". Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Monty Ashley (February 07, 2013). "Gatecrash Lexicon". Wizards of the Coast.