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Creature Type
(Subtype for creature/tribal cards)
Statistics 8 cards
{R} 87.5% {B/R} 12.5%
as of Commander Legends
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Kobold is a red and black creature type which was featured in Legends, and had brief reappearances in Time Spiral (timeshifted), Commander 2013, and Commander Legends.

Description[edit | edit source]

Kobolds are little creatures, resembling a cross between a goblin and an imp. They have red or green skins.

Storyline[edit | edit source]

There is only one known plane inhabited by kobolds, Dominaria. They live in the Kher Ridges, on Terisiare, in the fortress of Kher Keep. Kobolds seem to be incredibly resilient since they survived for centuries in their lair, unafflicted by the disasters that ravaged the other parts of Dominaria. For this, Teferi compared them to cockroaches.

Entire regions were destroyed by the kobolds, but not because of their superior battle tactics - when kobolds are hungry enough, they will eat anything that isn't made of rock.[1] A number of kobolds were summoned by Shauku (whom they called the Yellow Lady) to tend the fires guarding the Cosmic Horror imprisoned in her castle, in south-western Jamuraa.[2]

The Kobolds of the Kher Ridges survived into the period of the Terisian Isles, and came to revere the dragon Prossh as a god.[3] They are known to offer themselves to the dragon in the hope that he will spare their kin.[4]

Design history[edit | edit source]

Legends[edit | edit source]

From the seven related cards in Legends only three were actually printed with the Kobold-type. These all had a {0} casting cost:[5]

Time Spiral[edit | edit source]

One card gained the Kobold-type when it was reprinted in Time Spiral:

Grand Creature Update[edit | edit source]

The other cards gained the Kobold-type in the Grand Creature Type Update:

Commander 2013[edit | edit source]

Commander 2013 introduced the card Prossh, Skyraider of Kher, which produces a token named Kobolds of Kher Keep.

Commander Legends[edit | edit source]

Commander Legends introduced the card Rograkh, Son of Rohgahh, the first legendary creature to cost {0}.

Notable Kobolds[edit | edit source]

Tokens[edit | edit source]

Token Name Color Type Line P/T Text Box Source Printings
Kobolds of Kher Keep Red Creature — Kobold 0/1

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Magic the Gathering: Daily Calendar 1997.
  2. Clayton Emery (2001). Magic: The Gathering - Jedit.
  3. Martha Wells (May 2, 2018). "Return to Dominaria: Episode 8". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Magic Creative Team (October 30, 2013). "The Ten Commanders". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Monty Ashley (November 18, 2010). "A History of Free Creatures". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Brady Dommermuth (November 13, 2006). "The Legends of Time Spiral". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.