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Gremlin is a black and red creature type that have an inclination to damage or dismantle machinery.[1] The first gremlin, Phyrexian Gremlins, was the only representative of their race for 18 years, followed by the similarly-Phyrexian Flensermite, both in black. The type was ported over to red with Kaladesh block as a less-sapient Goblin substitute.

Phyrexian Gremlins[]

Two types of gremlins have been seen, with one type from each incarnation of Phyrexia: the Phyrexian Gremlins from the original plane and the Flensermite from Mirrodin.[2][3] The original Phyrexian gremlins were the same type of being as ouphes, and were amidst the original inhabitants of their plane before Yawgmoth arrived, later being repurposed into menial labour units and artifact reprocessors.

Kaladeshi Gremlins[]

Kaladeshi Gremlin life cycle

Unlike the Black-aligned Phyrexian gremlins, Kaladeshi gremlins are primarily Red-aligned. They are non-sapient, six-limbed, vaguely anteater- or aardvark-like creatures that feed on aether, dismantling artifacts to get it.[4] Their saliva is corrosive, allowing them to breach through metal hulls to reach their food. When they feed they glow in a faint blue color. As a side effect of their extremely messy feeding, much of the aether is liberated back into the environment. Thus gremlins embody the "liberate" step of the Aether Cycle. Their crucial role is often unappreciated by the former owners of their meals.[5]

Gremlins breed during the warm season. Their young are called grubs.

Ikorian Gremlins[]

Ikorian gremlins are also red aligned. They are muscled monsters with large protruding filaments along their spine. These gremlins are able to spit fire (Blisterspit Gremlin).


Token Name Color Type Line P/T Text Box Source Printings
Gremlin Red Creature — Gremlin 2/2
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Token Name Color Type Line P/T Text Box Source Printings
Gremlin Red Creature — Gremlin 2/2


  1. Mark Rosewater (September 09, 2016). "A few points". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  2. Monty Ashley (May 11, 2011). "Mistform Ultimus Watch: New Phyrexia". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Doug Beyer (February 02, 2011). "A Linguistic Look at Besieged". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. "Planes of Existence: Kaladesh"Wizards of the Coast
  5. Magic Creative Team (November 2, 2016). "Planeswalker's Guide to Kaladesh". Wizards of the Coast.