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Kozilek, Butcher of Truth.png
Birthplace Blind Eternities
Lifetime Unknowable
Race Eldrazi
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Kozilek, the "Butcher of Truth", is one of the three Eldrazi titans and the inspiration for the Zendikari merfolk god Cosi and the Kor god Talib.

Description[edit | edit source]

Kozilek's planar avatar is a titan of apparently humanoid anatomy, but with a mass of tentacles in place of legs, and a complex orifice in place of a head. His body is covered in eyes and chitin, and an arrangement of dark plates float above his shoulders and extend from his elbows. They are often described to be or to create dark "holes" in reality.

Kozilek is the Titan of Distortion, a reality-slicing nightmare of relentless insanity. He changes the perception of the reality, making impossible to discern the truth. He twists loyalties, muddies thoughts, transforms emotions, induces despair and panic. Kozilek represents themes of deception, puzzles, lies, mind domination, transformation, and experimentation. Sages call Kozilek the confusion of panic, the trap of enigmas, and the harrower of thought.

Eldrazi of the Kozilek brood lineage have many eyes growing near joints or along body ridges, jagged plates or blades of lustrous black mineral jutting from or floating around their bodies, and animalistic or insectoid anatomies covered in tough carapaces. Kozilek's drones can absorb life just by their presence, but prefer to rend flesh with their onyx-like projections.


While the Eldrazi are genderless, lack apparent biological sex, and display no awareness of the concept of gender, the question of their gender, or at least proper pronouns, is a recurring topic among players.[1][2] Arguments for gendered pronouns rest largely on comparisons to the Zendikari deities they inspired, and on dimorphism between the broods.[3][4] The issue has been further muddied by inconsistent pronoun use in official sources. In particular, Emrakul has been referenced by male, female, and neuter pronouns.[5][6][7] The most recent official sources on the matter are cards from Battle for Zendikar and a blog post by creative director Doug Beyer, which agree on the use of male pronouns for Ulamog and Kozilek and female pronouns for Emrakul.[8][9][10]

History[edit | edit source]

After the release of the titans Emrakul, Ulamog and Kozilek by Nissa Revane, Kozilek's brood was said to have retreated to remote corners of the world, and it was generally believed that he left the plane of Zendikar. However, this assumption appears to have been incorrect. Immediately after Ob Nixilis reignited his spark by draining the hedron network imprisoning Ulamog, Kozilek emerged from deep underground nearby.[11] At that time, he had gained some perfect black shards floating above his head that seem to draw in light itself. They aren't objects, or even shapes — they are holes in space.[12]

After heavy initial losses in the Battle for Zendikar, the Gatewatch performed an orchestrated attack on Ulamog and Kozilek, binding them again in a web of leylines and burning them. This was the end of the material manifestation of Kozilek on Zendikar.[13]

Colorless symbol[edit | edit source]

In Oath of the Gatewatch cards relating to Kozilek feature mana costs with the colorless symbol {C}.[14]

In-game references[edit | edit source]

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External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Doug Beyer. (July 21 2014.) "Actually, I have a question about Emrakul...", A Voice for Vorthos, Tumblr.
  2. Mark Rosewater. (September 24 2015.) "Do Eldrazi have genders???", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  3. Charlotte Sable. (March 26 2013.) "Gender of the Eldrazi", Ask a Magic Judge, Tumblr.
  4. Mark Rosewater. (July 18 2014.) "FYI I believe most vorthoses...", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  5. David Sutcliffe. (September 2 2011.) “Feature: Spectacular Tentacular”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Wizards of the Coast. “Eaters of Worlds”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Gavin Verhey. (May 19 2015.) “Modernchantress”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Processor Assault. "Ulamog's processors trail behind him, converting ruined matter into furious energy."
  9. Vestige of Emrakul. "Emrakul has not been seen in months. Though her brood's numbers have dwindled in her absence, each drone is still a deadly threat."
  10. Doug Beyer. (September 24 2015.) "So whats the deal the Eldrazi titans having genders now?", A Voice for Vorthos, Tumblr.
  11. Doug Beyer. (December 2, 2015.) “Promises to Keep”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Kelly Digges. (December 9, 2015.) “The Rise of Kozilek”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Doug Beyer. (February 17, 2016.) “Zendikar's Last Stand”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Mark Rosewater. (December 31, 2015.) "Do you all have any fear that now having to write (5) as CCCCC will take up too much space at card top and as such may affect the creation of spells and creatures with large mana costs?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
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