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"Sanctum" redirects here. For the city of Sanctum, see Averru.

Shrine (Japanese: (さい) 殿 (でん) ; rōmaji: saiden) is an enchantment type.


Shrine has no inherent rules meaning, but each Shrine gets better and better as you control more and more Shrines.[1] Shrines encourage multicolor decks, because they are all legendary. The Hondens do something during your upkeep for each shrine you control, while two Sanctums have activated abilities and three trigger on the precombat main phase, and the Go-Shintai can be triggered during your end step.


Shrines were introduced in Champions of Kamigawa. There were five shrines printed in as an uncommon cycle of Hondens. The name of each Honden corresponds to the name of a legendary spirit—Myojin—in the set, as well as being mentioned in the flavor text of the same-colored Zubera.[2]

Many years later, Core Set 2021 featured six new Shrines named Sanctums.[3] These were also depicted on Kamigawa. The five-color Sanctum of All has an upkeep Shrine searching effect that lets the other Sanctums trigger on the main phase.

Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty featured a cycle of Shrines in the form of enchantment creatures named Go-Shintai.[4] They all require paying {1} at the beginning of your end step to activate their effects, and have a classic colored keyword. An additional Shrine with a five-color identity features Shrine tribal support, being able to create Shrine tokens.

Honden cycle[]

Sanctum cycle[]

  • Sanctum of Tranquil Light ({W}) — {5}{W}: Tap target creature. This costs {1} less for each Shrine you control.
  • Sanctum of Calm Waters ({U}) — May draw a card for each shrine you control, then discard a card if you did.
  • Sanctum of Stone Fangs ({B}) — Each opponent loses life and you gain life equal to the number of shrines you control.
  • Sanctum of Shattered Heights ({R}) — {1}, Discard a land or Shrine card: Deals damage to target creature or planeswalker equal to the number of shrines you control.
  • Sanctum of Fruitful Harvest ({G}) — Add mana of any one color equal to the number of shrines you control
  • Sanctum of All ({W}{U}{B}{R}{G}) — Searches Shrines and puts them onto the battlefield. It doubles Shrine triggers if you control six or more.

Go-Shintai cycle[]

Shared Purpose[]

A group of farmers in rural Kamigawa found themselves in grave danger when a nearby river threatened to overflow and flood their town. Seeking divine aid, they built a small shrine as an offering and attracted a Kami of Shared Purpose. The kami instructed them how to work together and dig trenches for irrigation, and when the waters came, the fields grew instead of drowning. Impressed by the people's performance, the kami chose to take permanent residence in the shrine, lending its magic to the town forever.[5]

Lost Wisdom[]

  • Go-Shintai of Lost Wisdom ({U}) — Pay {1} at the beginning of your endstep to mill target player one card for each shrine you control.

Long ago, an ambitious professor at Minamo Academy believed she could learn all the secrets of the universe if she could simply channel the correct kami. The little shrine she built intrigued a Kami of Lost Wisdom. The curious kami shared its knowledge with the professor, including when and how she would die. Offended by the information, the professor asked her newfound revelation to be removed. The kami obliged, but it still resides in the shrine to this day, teasing travelers with impossible riddles.[5]

Hidden Cruelty[]

  • Go-Shintai of Hidden Cruelty ({B}) — Pay {1} at beginning of your endstep to destroy target creature with toughness equal or less than the number of Shrines you control.

A young ogre was evicted from her cave by a violent warlord. The ogre had seen her people use little shrines to summon oni, so she figured she could summon a kami who would provide a solution to her homelessness. Her struggle inadvertently summoned a Kami of Hidden Cruelty. The kami whispered angry, vengeful thoughts in the ogre's ear until she took up arms and murdered the warlord. Shocked at what she'd done, the ogre fled, but the kami remained in the shrine, offering vengeance for those with darkness in their hearts.[5]

Ancient Wars[]

  • Go-Shintai of Ancient Wars ({R}) — Pay {1} at beginning of your endstep to deal damage to a player or planeswalker equal to the number of shrines you control.

Hundreds of years ago, a group of Sokenzan rebels fell under siege from an Imperial regiment. Their numbers and supplies dwindled, and in desperation, they built a small shrine hoping to summon spiritual reinforcements. A Kami of Ancient Wars came to their aid, arming them with burning blades. The rebels and the Imperials fought for days, and the kami cheered when blood spilled across the snow. When the last soldier finally fell, no one remained on either side. The kami still haunts the mountaintop shrine, hoping to start another fight and recreate the excitement of that moment.[5]

Boundless Vigor[]

  • Go-Shintai of Boundless Vigor ({G}) — Pay {1} at beginning of your endstep to put +1/+1 counters equal to the number of shrines you control on a shrine.

A young monk was forced out of Jukai forest by Towashi's urban expansion. To preserve the memory of his homeland, he built a small shrine around a seed from his destroyed garden. Miraculously, the seed grew without soil and became the Kami of Boundless Vigor. Together, the kami and monk reclaimed his section of the forest. Every tree cut down magically grew back the next day. Before he passed, the monk moved the kami's shrine to the reborn forest where it lives to this day, granting strength to those whose wild nature cannot be tamed by the city.[5]

Life's Origin[]

  • Go-Shintai of Life's Origin ({G}) with a {W}{U}{B}{R}{G} ability to put enchantments from the graveyard onto the battlefield and create {C} 1/1 Shrine enchantment creature tokens when nontoken Shrines enter (including itself).

Few have seen a kami die, but it is possible. A number crumbled into dust when the Jukai forest was decimated during the expansion of Towashi. However, the dust settled on an ancient shrine in the heart of the forest and began to coalesce into something new. The shrine took on a life and kami powers of its own. This new spirit continues to wander throughout Kamigawa, growing stronger as it is joined by the remains of other deceased kami.[5]


From the Comprehensive Rules (April 29, 2022—Streets of New Capenna)

  • 205.3h Enchantments have their own unique set of subtypes; these subtypes are called enchantment types. The enchantment types are Aura (see rule 303.4), Cartouche, Class (see rule 717), Curse, Rune, Saga (see rule 715), Shard, and Shrine.


  • Each Shrine has an ability that counts the number of Shrines you control. These abilities include the Shrine they're printed on.
  • Shrines count only enchantments with the subtype Shrine. Other cards with "shrine" in their name (such as Jungle Shrine, Luxa River Shrine, and Nantuko Shrine) don't count.


  • Each of the mono-colored Sanctums has flavor text formatted and written as a Haiku.
  • Since Shrine is an enchantment type, the Go-Shintai are the only creatures besides Nameless Race to have no creature type.
  • A honden is actually the inner part of the shrine to a kami, while a shintai is a physical object in which a kami resides. The "go-" prefix indicates that it is honored and sacred.
  • Neon Dynasty's Shrine Steward and Alchemy's * Chronicler of Worship interact with Shrines.


Token Name Color Type Line P/T Text Box Source Printings
Shrine Colorless Enchantment Creature — Shrine 1/1


  1. Eli Shiffrin (June 20, 2020). "Core Set 2021 and Jumpstart Release Notes". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Magic Arcana (March 24, 2005). "Honden and Myojin". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Rosewater (June 15, 2020). "But Wait, There's Core". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Wizards of the Coast (February 9, 2022). "Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Release Notes". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. a b c d e f Ari Zirulnik, Grace Fong, Emily Teng, and Gerritt Turner (February 11, 2022). "The Legends of Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty". Wizards of the Coast.