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Dual lands or duals is common slang for any nonbasic land that produces two colors of mana, particularly the ten original rare lands printed from Alpha to Revised.

Original dual lands[]

Allied colored[]

Enemy colored[]

Legacy[]

Since then, "dual land" has also come to refer to any land that can produce two colors of mana.[1][2][3][4] Dual lands are often highly sought-after and fetch high prices on the secondary market.

Popular dual land cycles have been printed in numerous sets, including:

Cycle Type Enters the Battlefield Has Basic Land Types Original Set Major Reprints Note
Pain lands Ally-colored Untapped No Ice Age Fifth Edition, Sixth Edition, Seventh Edition, Ninth Edition, Tenth Edition Taps for colorless mana, or one mana of the colors of the land for one damage.
Enemy-colored Apocalypse Ninth Edition, Tenth Edition, Magic 2015, Magic Origins, Commander 2020
Enemy-colored Tapped No Tempest Vintage Masters
Fetch lands Ally-colored Tapped No Mirage Vintage Masters Fetches lands with basic land types
Ally-colored Untapped No Onslaught Khans of Tarkir, Zendikar Expeditions Fetches lands with basic land types, upon paying 1 life
Enemy-colored Untapped No Zendikar Modern Masters 2017, Zendikar Expeditions
Filter lands Ally-colored Untapped No Odyssey Adds an allied-colored pair of mana to your mana pool, which activates at the cost of one colorless mana.
Ally-colored Untapped No Future Sight (incomplete[5]) Shadowmoor (complete), Zendikar Expeditions Adds two mana in any combination of an allied color pair, which activates at the cost of one mana of one of those colors.
Enemy-colored Untapped No Eventide Zendikar Expeditions, Masters 25 Adds two mana in any combination of an enemy color pair, which activates at the cost of one mana of one of those colors.
Bounce lands Ally and enemy-colored Tapped No Ravnica block Iconic Masters Requires a land to be returned to hand upon playing, adds a pair of colors
Shock lands Ally and enemy-colored Tapped/Untapped
(player's choice)
Yes Ravnica block Return to Ravnica block, Zendikar Expeditions, Guilds of Ravnica block Upon playing, the player can take 2 damage or the land enters the battlefield tapped.
Nimbus lands Ally-colored Untapped No Future Sight (incomplete)[5] Iconic Masters (incomplete) Adds colorless; adds colored mana only if the player already controls the other color's basic land type
Changing lands Ally-colored Untapped No Future Sight (incomplete)[5] Iconic Masters (incomplete) The color of the added mana is dependent on the fact if another land has been played or not.
Opponents' boon lands Ally-colored Untapped No Future Sight (incomplete)[5] Iconic Masters (incomplete) Adds colorless; opponents gain 1 life when tapped for colors
Horizon lands Ally-colored Untapped No Future Sight (incomplete)[5] Modern Horizons (incomplete) Pain lands that can be sacrificed to draw a card.
Enemy-colored Untapped No Modern Horizons
Scry lands Ally and enemy-colored Tapped No Theros block Core Set 2020 (enemy-colored), Theros Beyond Death (allied-colored), Core Set 2021 (enemy-colored) Scry 1 upon entering the battlefield
Enemy-colored Tapped No Strixhaven: School of Mages - Campuses. Dual lands that also have "{4}, {T}: Scry 1."
Battle lands Ally-colored Tapped/Untapped
(board state dependant)
Yes Battle for Zendikar Zendikar Expeditions Enters untapped when controlling two or more basic lands
Check lands Ally-colored Tapped/Untapped
(board state dependant)
No Magic 2010 Magic 2011, Magic 2012, Magic 2013, Ixalan Checks for basic land types on board to be untapped
Enemy-colored Tapped/Untapped
(board state dependant)
No Innistrad Dominaria
Dual-colored manlands Ally-colored Tapped No Worldwake Ultimate Masters Can become creatures until end of turn
Enemy-colored Tapped No Battle for Zendikar block
Fast lands[6] Ally-colored Tapped/Untapped
(board state dependant)
No Scars of Mirrodin Enters untapped as long as you control less than two other lands
Enemy-colored Tapped/Untapped
(board state dependant)
No Kaladesh
Reveal lands Ally-colored Tapped/Untapped
(hand-reveal)
No Shadows over Innistrad Untapped if an appropriate basic land type is revealed from hand
Enemy-colored Tapped/Untapped
(hand-reveal)
No Strixhaven: School of Mages
Bicycle lands Ally-colored Tapped Yes Amonkhet Cycles for {2}
Bond lands Ally-colored Tapped/Untapped
(format dependant)
No Battlebond Enters the battlefield tapped unless controller has two or more opponents
Enemy-colored Tapped/Untapped
(format dependant)
No Commander Legends
Aggro lands Enemy-colored (incomplete) Untapped No Mystery Booster Taps before the combat phase (test card)
Pathway lands Ally-colored Untapped No Zendikar Rising Modal double-faced cards, player gets to choose which face to be on
Enemy-colored Kaldheim
Snow Duals Ally and enemy-colored Tapped Yes Kaldheim Fetchable Dual lands with Snow-Covered properties
Gain lands Ally and enemy-colored Tapped No Zendikar, Khans of Tarkir Core Set 2020, Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, Core Set 2021 You gain 1 life. Theme introduced in Zendikar as Refuge Lands, but the reprints are from Khans of Tarkir.
Bridge lands Ally and enemy-colored Tapped No Modern Horizons 2 Artifact land, Indestructible

There are also a few notable "triple lands" cycles that produce three colors of mana; a cycle of shard-colored triple lands was printed in Shards of Alara, and two cycles of of wedge-colored triple lands have been printed: one in in Khans of Tarkir, the other in Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths.

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References[]

  1. Devin Low (June 13, 2008). "Why Are Dual Lands Usually Allied-Colored". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater (May 20, 2013). "Gates Foundation". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Sam Stoddard (October 9, 2015). "The Power of Lands". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Mark Rosewater (February 27, 2017). "Get Ready to Dual". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  5. a b c d e Aaron Forsythe (April 20, 2007). "When a Cycle Isn't a Cycle". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Tom LaPille (September 17, 2010). "The Promised Land". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Wizards of the Coast (February 20, 2002). "Plateau(s)". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Monty Ashley (May 9, 2012). "Dual Lands in the Magic Online Cube". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.