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Elephant is a creature type describing large mammals of the pachyderm family. They have been seen on Rabiah, Rath and Dominaria. The anthropomorphic Loxodon have been seen on Mirrodin, Ravnica and Tarkir.

The first Elephant card was War Elephant in Arabian Nights. Aside from Khans of Tarkir, elephants were only within the green/white pairing. In general, anthropomorphic Elephants are white and wild elephants are green.

Regular Elephants[]

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Rabian elephants are trained and guided by humans for combat. Their main use is to charge the enemy, trampling them and breaking their ranks. A division of war elephants is known as elephantry.


The elephants from Vintara have four long horns on the side of their head, no trunk, and small tusks. They are used by the rhystic mages of north-eastern Jamuraa.


Armodons are elephants native to Rath. They are distinct from other elephants since they have two sets of tusks, two large horns on top of their head and three or more horns on the base of their trunk. They are almost extinct.


Main article: Mammoth

Mammoths are elephantine animals with coats of thick brown hair and long, deeply curved tusks. They are found in Dominaria, Ulgrotha, and Ikoria. It was once its own creature type before being obsoleted and became one once again on a test card.


M10 introduced the Mastodon as a species of Elephant (Siege Mastodon).[1]


On Tarkir, Mastodons became extinct in the past, but foul forces of the Gurmag Swamp sometimes animate their decaying remains. The Sultai happily exploit such creatures but consider them inferior to their own necromantic creations.

Elephants on Tarkir allied with the Abzan Houses are also black (Ivorytusk Fortress)



Zendikar is home to terastodons, which are colossal elephants with nosehorns and multiple tusks.[2]


A Selesnyan Loxodon

Loxodons are elephantine humanoids of unknown origin.


On Arcavios, the loxodons used to live in the city of Zantafar before becoming nomads. Occasionally, loxodons go to Strixhaven, the most elite school of mages in the multiverse. Some of them are part of the Lorehold college.


Most of the Ravnican Loxodons seek membership in the Selesnya Conclave, it being the most naturalistic of the guilds.[3] Unlike their non-sentient elephant cousins, all Loxodons are white or white-green creatures rather than only green. They are tireless, patient artisans with a gift for stonework.[4] It primarily falls to them to build the guild's magnificent, cathedral-like arboretum structures. Some fewer loxodon may also be found in the ranks of the Orzhov Syndicate.


Loxodons were brought to Mirrodin via Memnarch's soul traps. In Mirrodin, they had as much metal on their bodies as any other beings and had a more clerical rather than a natural focus.[5] Inhabiting the Razor Fields, these Loxodons believed in the Modest Truth, a code of absolute morality that was taken at face value and passed on from generation to generation. In arguments, Loxodons proved stubborn and nearly impossible to sway. Some Mirrans even doubted if a Loxodon was able to think in shades of grey. Loxodons wandered around the fields, dispensing justice in form of physical punishment and offering atonement.[6] These loxodon ascribed religious superiority to those born albino, believing them to be spiritually pure. Long ago, the Auriok attempted peace with the loxodons, and the leonin attempted war; neither succeeded.

As Mirrodin became New Phyrexia, the Machine Orthodoxy's invasion of the Razor Fields isolated the remaining loxodon. The last remaining living loxodons on the plane are the ones who accompany Ghalma the Shaper, who has settled in Bladehold.


Loxodon can also be found in Tarkir. Allied with the Temur Frontier, these are very different from the Loxodon of other planes, resembling mammoths and being disconnected from White mana, instead of being red and blue (Avalanche Tusker) in addition to green. However, Hamza is a typical green/white Loxodon, since he is a Krumar adopted by the Abzan Houses, probably born Temur.

Notable Loxodons[]


Token Name Color Type Line P/T Text Box Source Printings
Elephant Green Creature — Elephant 3/3
Green Creature — Elephant */* This creature's power and toughness are each equal to the number of creature cards in its controller's graveyard.



  1. Monty Ashley (September 01, 2010). "A Mighty Return". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Magic Arcana (February 17, 2010). "Sketches: Terastodon". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Unearthed Arcana; Races of Ravnica (PDF)
  4. James Wyatt and Jeremy Crawford (November 2018). "D&D Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica", Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Doug Beyer (February 09, 2011). "Public Displays of Aggression". Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Doug Beyer (December 08, 2010). "The Nonhuman Cultures of Mirrodin". Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Eli Shiffrin (November 11, 2019). "Mystery Booster Release Notes". Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Wizards of the Coast (June, 2007). "Ask Wizards - June, 2007". Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Mark Rosewater (November 16, 2017). "This card started life in a black bordered set as Elephurtle.". Blogatog. Tumblr.