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Creature Type
(Subtype for creature/tribal cards)
20 cards
{R} 80% {B/R} 5% {R/G} 15%
as of Zendikar Rising
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Hellion is a mainly red creature type used for cards that depict enormous, wormlike creatures with a scaly, snakelike body, spiky knobs along its sides, and a ring of tentacles surrounding a toothy maw.[1][2][3] Hellions, mechanically, are rather large (typically above four power) and have devour, haste, damage dealing, or damage amplifying.


Hellions are manifestations of nature's blind rage. Most are huge, about the size of freight trains. They are mighty, unpredictable, and hostile. Often, the Hellion is the beating heart of a volcano (Caldera Hellion, Crater Hellion, Flameborn Hellion).


The first creature to bear the type was Volcano Hellion in Planar Chaos, though the Crater Hellion from Urza's Saga, the Flowstone Hellion from Stronghold and the Iron-Barb Hellion from Fifth Dawn were all issued errata to become Hellions as well as Beasts.[4] At the time of the Grand Creature Type Update, R&D talked about consolidating Hellion into another creature type, but after many days arguing about how to consolidate it, they left it alone.[5]

Notable Hellions[]



Token Name Color Type Line P/T Text Box Source Printings
Hellion Red Creature — Hellion 4/4
Red Creature — Hellion 4/4 Haste



  1. Doug Beyer (December 24, 2008). "How to Design a Hellion and More!". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Monty Ashley (November 10, 2010). "Sketches: Flameborn Hellion". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Doug Beyer (August 10, 2011). "Magic's Exclusive Creatures". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Wizards of the Coast (March, 2007). "Ask Wizards - March 2007". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Mark Rosewater (April 05, 2018). "Trivia on my favorite creature type, Hellion?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  6. Magic Arcana (January 09, 2006). "The Hellion-Headed Hydra". Wizards of the Coast.