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Igniting (also "triggering", "flaring" or "ascension") refers to the spark's ignition, that is the process by which a sapient creature activates their latent spark and thus becomes a planeswalker.

Ascension[]

In Pre-Mending stories, planeswalkers were often sorcerers who somehow acquired the incredibly vast amount of mana[1] required to perform the ritualistic sorcery of one's own ascension. Slaying a powerful planeswalker was one common way to acquire the necessary mana.

Sparking[]

Following the Mending, ascension was no longer a viable option for becoming a planeswalker, making it impossible for most wizards to become planeswalkers. A very small fraction of wizards possess the qualities needed for a natural spark. Usually, its ignition is triggered by a powerful, emotionally-affecting, perspective-altering life event, often a near death experience.[2]

First planeswalk[]

As an effect of the ignition, the newly-ignited planeswalker planeswalks away for their first time: they are pulled to the Blind Eternities and then come back appearing to a random plane, and afterwards realizing their new traveling powers.

List of all explained ignitions:

Planeswalker Ignited on Planeswalked to Date Ignition's cause
Ajani Goldmane Naya Jund ~4556 AR Realizing the death of his brother
Arlinn Kord Innistrad Unknown Realizing she transformed into a werewolf and had killed an angel
Basri Ket Amonkhet Unknown Elation at winning Oketra's Trial of Solidarity.
Calix Theros Unknown ~4562 Frustration about his inability to fulfill his purpose of following Elspeth Tirel.
Chandra Nalaar Kaladesh Regatha ~4548 Striking against her executioner with pyromancy
Dack Fayden Fiora Unknown Witnessing his friend being killed by rival mages
Dakkon Blackblade Dominaria Unknown After Geyadrone Dihada stole his soul using the Blackblade.
Daretti Fiora Unknown Being crippled by the explosion of one of his constructs
Domri Rade Ravnica Naya Being buried alive as part of a Gruul ritual
Elspeth Tirel A phyrexianized plane Theros ~4545 Fleeing from the Phyrexians
Eskil Dominaria Unknown Between -2,500 and -440 Splashed by the blood of the corrupted angel Trine.
Faralyn Dominaria Shandalar Year 1 in by the Reckoning of the Sages of Minorad Cast the ascension spell using mana harvested from Chromium Rhuell.[3]
Freyalise Dominaria Unknown ~2434 Mortally wounded by Jason Carthalion.
Garth One-Eye Kuthuman's realm Unknown Year of the 998th Festival Cast the ascension spell using the mana harvested from slaying Kuthuman.[1][4]
Gideon Jura Theros Bant Realizing the death of his irregulars through his own hubris
Huatli Ixalan Kaladesh (uncompleted) Under furious attack by Angrath
Jace Beleren Vryn Ravnica Accidental planeswalk after being memory wiped
Jared Carthalion Dominaria Unknown 3980 Crushed by crumbling monoliths confronting Ravidel
Jaya Ballard Dominaria Elsewhere on Dominaria 2954 Hit by Jodah's mirror
Jeska Dominaria Unknown 4306 Being split from Karona with the Mirari
Karn (1st time) Dominaria Unknown 4205 Acquiring Urza's spark
Karn (2nd time) New Phyrexia Unknown Acquiring Venser's spark
Kiora Zendikar Unknown Being swallowed by a big sea serpent
Kuthuman Dominaria Unknown Year of the 978th Festival Cast the ascension spell using mana tributes from the Fighting Houses of Kush.[1]
Liliana Vess Dominaria Innistrad Turning to black mana to restrain her undead brother Josu
Lukka Ikoria Unidentified plane ~4561 Overextending the power of the Ozolith
Narset Tarkir Pulled back to Tarkir Learning the truth about Tarkir's past
Nicol Bolas Dominaria Meditation Plane Between -20,000 and -17,000 Rage and envy against Ugin
Niko Aris Theros Bretagard, Kaldheim During a battle against an agent of Klothys.
Nissa Revane Zendikar Lorwyn Witnessing Emrakul's sealed presence
Ob Nixilis (1st time) A plane of eternal war Unknown Realizing the futility of life and mono-planar ambitions
Ob Nixilis (2nd time) Zendikar Unknown ~4559 Siphoning the power of the hedrons into himself.
Oko Unknown Unknown Tortured by magical procedures designed to suppress his powers.
Ral Zarek Ravnica Unidentified plane Being stabbed and finding out his lover was betraying him.
Ravidel Dominaria Unknown 2934 Being resurrected from death by Kristina of the Woods.
Rowan and Will Kenrith Eldraine Unknown ~4561 Learning the truth about their birth mother.
Sarkhan Vol Tarkir Unknown Channeling the spirit of an ancient dragon
Samut Amonkhet Theros ~4560 Experiencing euphoria and joy after being thanked by Hazoret
Sifa Grent Grixis Unknown Tortured by Malfegor.
Sorin Markov Innistrad Unknown Becoming a vampire
Tacenda Verlasen Innistrad Unknown ~4561 Defeating her sister Willia, and absorbing the Bog Entity.[5]
Teferi (1st time) Dominaria Unknown An experiment with time and phasing gone wrong.
Teferi (2nd time) Dominaria Unknown ~4560 Restored by a Powerstone made by Jhoira.
Tezzeret Esper Grixis Being attacked by guards after learning that the Codex Etherium was empty.
Teyo Verada Gobakhan Ravnica ~4561 Being buried alive.
Tibalt Innistrad Unknown Feeling all the pain he had inflicted on others in his life
Ugin Dominaria Meditation Plane Realizing his twin brother doesn't love him and is trying to manipulate him.
Urza Dominaria Unknown 63 Enduring the Sylex Blast and being resurrected by Glacian's spark through the Might and Weakstone
Vivien Reid Skalla Unknown Seeing her world destroyed by Nicol Bolas
Vraska Ravnica A swamp on a dark plane. A tomb with no way out. Being severely beaten by Azorius prison guards.
Vronos Innistrad Esper Having his face scarred by werewolves

References[]

  1. a b c Forstchen, William R. (1994). Arena. Harper Prism.
  2. Doug Beyer (August 4, 2015). "Spark Ignition". A Voice for Vorthos. Tumblr.
  3. Gomez, Jeff. (1995). "The Shard". Ice Age on the World of Magic: The Gathering. Armada.
  4. Ethan Fleischer (June 10, 2021). "The Returning Legends of Modern Horizons 2". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Brandon Sanderson (2018). "Children of the Nameless". Wizards of the Coast.