MTG Wiki
Creature Type
(Subtype for creature/tribal cards)
18 cards
{W} 27.8% {U} 16.7% {B} 16.7% {R} 16.7% {G} 22.2%
as of Modern Horizons 2
Scryfall Search

Incarnation is a creature type that first appeared in Judgement. Personal Incarnation from Alpha gained the subtype retroactively.


Incarnation literally means embodied in flesh or taking on flesh. It refers to the conception and birth of a sentient creature which is the material manifestation of a force or concept whose original nature is immaterial.


Judgement cycle[]

Each of these creatures costs 3N and has a static ability that grants all of your creatures an in-color ability as long as it is in your graveyard and you control a land with the associated basic land type.

Genesis and Glory are incarnations with similar abilities in that their abilities only function while they are in the graveyard, but are not part of the cycle.

Lorwyn cycle[]

Inspired by the original cycle, Lorwyn had a cycle of rare Elemental Incarnations which grant their controllers a powerful effect. In direct contrast to the Judgement cycle, however, the Lorwyn incarnations each have a triggered ability that shuffles them back into their owner's library should they enter the graveyard. Each has a mana cost of 3NNN.

Modern Horizons 2 cycle[]

Inspired by previous cycles, Modern Horizons 2 had a cycle of mythic Incarnations, but they have evoke. Like the Lorwyn cycle, they are also Elementals.


  • The Incarnation cycle in Judgment were called "Jedi" during design in reference to the quote spoken by the character Obi-Wan Kenobi in the film Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, "If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine."[1][2]
  1. Mark Rosewater]] (May 13, 2002). "Through the Riftstone". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Wizards of the Coast (July 4, 2002). "Sketches: Genesis". Wizards of the Coast.