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Creature type
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Statistics 13 cards
{U} 84.6% {U/B} 7.7% {G/U} 7.7%
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Kraken are massive fiends from the deepest reaches of the ocean.

Description[edit | edit source]

Though many have tentacles and features similar to the octopus and squid, the only truly unifying features of the species is their massive size and destructive capability. They are not to be confused with leviathans.

The first card to bear the creature type was Polar Kraken in Ice Age. All Krakens are blue.

Storyline[edit | edit source]

Dominaria[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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.

Mercadia[edit | edit source]

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

Mirrodin[edit | edit source]

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.

Shadowmoor[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Krakens are fearsome, destructive gargantuans 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[edit | edit source]

Zendikari krakens are sapient beings, symbolising 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.

Notorious Kraken[edit | edit source]

Tokens[edit | edit source]

Token Color Type P/T Additional Rules Source Printings
Kraken Blue Creature — Kraken 9/9

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