Homunculus

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Homunculus
Homunculus.jpg
Creature type
(Subtype for creature/tribal cards)
Statistics 18 cards
{W} 11.1% {U} 77.8% {G/U} 5.6% {artifact symbol} 5.6%
as of Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths
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type:"Homunculus"

Homunculus (Latin for "little human") is a blue creature type used for cards that depict artificially made, but sentient and living, miniature humans.

Description[edit]

These creatures are used for menial or dangerous tasks. Many homunculi just have one cyclopic eye (Oculus, Riddlekeeper).[1]

The first creature to bear the type was Bonded Fetch in Future Sight, though the Sneaky Homunculus from Nemesis and the Hazy Homunculus from Prophecy were later issued errata to become Homunculi in addition to their Illusion type.

Storyline[edit]

Esper[edit]

Blue-skinned homunculi live on Esper, one of the five Shards of Alara. Like all living things on the plane, they are artifact creatures. The mages of Esper measure their wealth and status by the number of these creatures in their retinues (Court Homunculus).[2]

Innistrad[edit]

The homunculi of Innistrad are based on the hunchbacked assistants of mad scientists or vampires in old horror movies (Stitcher's Apprentice).

Kylem[edit]

The sentient homunculi of Kylem are the caretakers of Valor's Reach. Their most visible role is on the field acting as penalty mages; no foul during play escapes their watch. Due to their lack of mouths, they use sign language to communicate.[3]

Ravnica[edit]

The homunculi of Ravnica are less human-like, and more imp-like (Doorkeeper, Frilled Oculus). They can't speak, but do communicate with sign language and in written form.[4]

Tokens[edit]

Token Name Color Type Line P/T Text Box Source Printings
Homunculus Blue Artifact Creature — Homunculus 0/1
Blue Creature — Homunculus 2/2
Silver-bordered
Token Name Color Type Line P/T Text Box Source Printings
Homunculus Colorless Creature — Homunculus 2/2

Notable Homunculi[edit]

Ravnica
Kylem

References[edit]

  1. Bonnie Bruenderman (June 11, 2014). "My name is NOT…". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Magic Arcana (March 17, 2009). "Sketches: Court Homunculus". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Alison Luhrs (June 6, 2018). "The World of Battlebond". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  4. James Wyatt (January 2019). "The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Ravnica". Wizards of the Coast
  5. Magic Arcana (October 02, 2008). "Tokens in Action!". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.