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Kraken are massive fiends from the deepest reaches of the ocean.
Description[edit | edit source]
Though many have tentacles and features similar to the octopus and squid, the only truly unifying features of the species is their massive size and destructive capability. They are not to be confused with leviathans.
Storyline[edit | edit source]
Dominaria[edit | edit source]
Innistrad[edit | edit source]
Kraken (who double as Horrors) apparently live in the frozen north of Innistrad, where they are sometimes found by expeditions encased in ice. The Stromkirk line worships them as avatars of pre-avacynian gods.
Lorwyn[edit | edit source]
Despite Lorwyn having no seas or oceans, krakens exist in some of the larger lakes of the world and they are as deadly as their oceanic counterparts from other planes.
Mercadia[edit | edit source]
Mirrodin[edit | edit source]
Although never observed or depicted on a card, Mirran krakens apparently existed in the Quicksilver Sea, as apparent by the Kraken's Eye. Their fate following the poisoning of the Quicksilver Sea with glistening oil is unknown.
Shadowmoor[edit | edit source]
Previously unknown on Lorwyn, krakens manifest in the Shadowmoor phases of the world. As the world lacks large seas, they inhabit the Dark Meanders that connect all rivers and lakes of the plane and can strike out of them for prey. Some are so large that they are mistaken for islands.
Theros[edit | edit source]
Krakens are fearsome, destructive gargantuan creatures of the sea and the most terrifying entities of Theran depths. The arrival of a single determined kraken can spell the end of an entire polis, and even casual actions by a kraken can wipe out fleets of ships or decimate fishing grounds. Thassa is known to use kraken as harbingers of her wrath.
Krakens' destructive power comes not only from their immense size but also because they seem able to breathe air and can crawl on land, meaning they can create swaths of destruction along the coasts or even deeper inland.
Zendikar[edit | edit source]
Zendikari krakens are sapient beings, symbolizing will and self-determination. Some turn to destructive thoughts and actions, creating devastation, but most spend their adult lives in isolation on the depths of the sea, contemplating and exploring. As adults, they have a roughly humanoid shape. Their head is encased in a rough shell that sprouts two large horns, and one of their hands is a bony claw. They have dozens of tentacles — a writhing mass below its toothy mouth, another mass at the end of one arm, and several long tentacles in place of legs. On their back is a huge conch-like shell. As larvae, they inhabit these shells similar to snails and are thought of as delicacies.
Notable Krakens[edit | edit source]
Tokens[edit | edit source]
|Token Name||Color||Type Line||P/T||Text Box||Source||Printings|
|Kraken||Blue||Creature — Kraken||8/8|
|Blue||Creature — Kraken||8/8||Hexproof|
|Blue||Creature — Kraken||9/9|
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The legendary Wrexial, the Risen Deep is blue and black.
- Kraken's Eye is a lucky blue charm.
- Although essentially a Scandinavian trope, Krakens were added to the Greek flavored Theros-set because the film "Clash of the Titans" had changed the public perception.