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Kraken
Kraken.jpg
Creature Type
(Subtype for creature/tribal cards)
Statistics
26 cards
{U} 80.8% {B} 3.8% {U/B} 11.5% {G/U} 3.8%
as of Streets of New Capenna
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type:"Kraken"

Kraken are massive fiends from the deepest reaches of the ocean.

Description[]

Kraken in Magic take various features from different forms of oceanic classes, most commonly the tentacles of the cephalopodic octopus and squid. Some others feature dorsal spines, binocular vision and mandibles of fish and a few have pincers of crustaceans. The only truly unifying features of the species are their massive size and destructive capability, and with art direction of not depicting the entire being, it is unlikely there will ever be a clear taxonomic definition. They are not to be confused with leviathans.

The first card to bear the creature type was Polar Kraken in Ice Age. All Krakens but one (Rot-Tide Gargantua) are blue.

Storyline[]

Dominaria[]

Krakens inhabit the large oceans of Dominaria, occasionally emerging on the surface hunting for food. Here, they first appeared during the Ice Age.

During the Time Rift crisis, large krakens entered Dominaria's seas through the rifts and remained in the deep sea after the crisis was solved.

Innistrad[]

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[]

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[]

Mercadian Krakens are more humanoid than other specimen. They threaten both pirates and merfolk.

Mirrodin[]

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.

New Capenna[]

There is a kraken living in the central lake of Ferara Park, which was imported by the founding fathers of the city. It is unknown if there are other krakens outside New Capenna.

Shadowmoor[]

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[]

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.[1] 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[]

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.[2] 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[]

Ikoria
Innistrad
Theros
Zendikar

Tokens[]

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

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