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Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description Bridge
Design Mike Elliott (lead)
Bill Rose
Mark Rosewater
Development William Jockusch (lead)
Mike Elliott
Bill Rose
Mark Rosewater
Henry Stern
Art direction Matt Wilson
Release date June 15, 1998
Plane Rath
Themes and mechanics Keepers, Licids, Oaths, Spikes
Keywords/​ability words Buyback, Shadow
Set size 143 cards
(55 commons, 44 uncommons, 44 rares)
Expansion code EXO[1]
Development codename Gorgonzola
Tempest block
Tempest Stronghold Exodus
Magic: The Gathering Chronology
Stronghold Exodus Portal Second Age

Exodus is the fourteenth Magic expansion and was released in June 1998 as the third set and second small expansion in the Tempest block.

Set details[]

Exodus contains 143 black-bordered cards (44 rare, 44 uncommon, and 55 commons). Its expansion symbol is a bridge, meant to symbolize the exit from Rath and the transition from one chapter of the Weatherlight Saga to the next.[2] Exodus was the first set to use color-coding of the expansion symbol to indicate the rarity level of the cards. Common cards use a black-filled expansion symbol. Uncommon cards use a solid silver-filled expansion symbol. Rare cards use a gold-filled expansion symbol. It was also the first add a collector number (the number of the card-and how many are in the set) on the bottom of a card.

Furthermore, Exodus was the first set to center the artist and copyright information at the bottom of the card, rather than have that information aligned to the left side of the card. This change persisted until the card design change in 8th Edition.


The cards were sold in 15-card boosters which had artwork from Exalted Dragon and in four preconstructed theme decks. Each booster pack contained 1 rare, 3 uncommon, and 11 common cards. The prerelease was held on June 6, 1998; the prerelease card was a non-foil Monstrous Hound.


The crew of the Weatherlight has rescued the pieces of the Legacy and Captain Sisay, and now must retreat through Volrath's Stronghold and escape to the portal that would lead them off of Rath. Volrath and his main lieutenant Greven il-Vec will stop at nothing to destroy them and reclaim the ancient artifacts that will allow Volrath to oppose his hidden master. However, they must also stave off the combined assault of Volrath's Stronghold by the elves of the Skyshroud Forest and the human tribes of the Kor, Vec, and Dal, recently reunited by Gerrard.

Also, a disturbing change has happened to Crovax, the noble who accompanied the Weatherlight to Rath. His newly-formed bloodlust and thirst for power threatens to destroy the entire ship.

Meanwhile Ertai stands alone in a cruel landscape, focused on a singular task. He must open the arcane portal before his comrades return from the dark fortress... if they return. He is just one man, but there is no force he cannot overcome.

Magic online[]

On 7 December 2009 Exodus was released on Magic Online. Some of the cards were released again in the 2015 Tempest Remastered set.


Exodus didn't introduce any new keywords but rather evolved the two main ones, buyback and shadow, from earlier in the block.[3] The buyback mechanic returned with the regular buyback being a mana cost, but others requiring a land sacrifice (like Pegasus Stampede), life payments, or discarding cards. Two more licids were printed to add to Stronghold's licid theme. Exodus includes two sets of cards with related themes. Each of them has an ability which works only for the player who has less of some resource. The Oaths are enchantments with upkeep effects which work to equalize their resource: if the active player has less of something than a target opponent, the player may take some action. The Keepers are creatures with abilities related to the same resources, usable only when you're behind in that resource.

Creature types[]

The following creature types are introduced in this expansion: Alligator (later changed to Crocodile), Frog, Townsfolk (later changed to Human), Whale.

The following creature types are used in this expansion but also appear in previous sets: Ape, Beast, Bird, Boar, Cat warrior, Dragon, Drake, Druid, Elemental, Elf, Fish, Goblin, Hound, Illusion, Insect, Knight, Merfolk, Licid, Lizard, Minion, Ogre, Salamander, Soldier, Spike, Spirit, Thrull, Troll, Wall, Wizard, Wolverine, Zombie.


Exodus has two cycles:

Cycle name {W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Keepers Keeper of the Light Keeper of the Mind Keeper of the Dead Keeper of the Flame Keeper of the Beasts
Wizards with abilities related to the resources used in the Oaths, usable only when you're behind in that resource.
Oaths Oath of Lieges Oath of Scholars Oath of Ghouls Oath of Mages Oath of Druids
Enchantments with upkeep effects which work to equalize their resource: if the active player has less of something than a target opponent, the player may take some action.[4]

Mega cycle[]

Cycle name {W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Retrievers Treasure Hunter (Exodus) Scrivener (Exodus) Gravedigger (Tempest) Anarchist (Exodus) Cartographer (Exodus)
Each of these 2/2 creatures returns a card of a certain type from your graveyard to your hand when it comes into play. There were four from Exodus and one from Tempest. Four out of the five were reprinted in Odyssey.

Theme decks[]

Exodus theme decks are unique as they included a booklet describing the theme deck and an advanced version of the theme deck (cards not included).

“  Each of the four decks has a basic form, using only cards from the Tempest, Stronghold, and Exodus expansions. Each also has an advanced version that is more suited to the intense competition of tournaments. These make use of powerful cards from various in-print sets to make each deck even more effective.[5]  ”

The pre-constructed theme decks are:

deck name
Colors Included
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Dominator U
Groundbreaker B R
White Heat W R
Widowmaker U B

Notable cards[]

Reprinted cards[]

The following cards have been reprinted.


A rejected image for Keeper of the Mind, which was considered to be misogynistic, was used for Unglued 's Censorship [7][8]


  1. Wendy Wallace (August 12, 2004). "Ask Wizards - August, 2004". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Brady Dommermuth (October 31, 2006). "Ask Wizards". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Rosewater (April 29, 2013). "Third Time's the Charm". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Magic Arcana (July 25, 2002). "The bad Oath". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Exodus Preconstructed Decks
  6. Magic Arcana (December 16, 2002). "Jinxed items". Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Exodus Files Exposed, by Michael G. Ryan. The Duelist #28, August 1998
  8. Salmiakki_Aficionado (July 4, 2019). "Ever wondered what Censorship (Unglued) is censoring?". Reddit.

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