Polukranos, also known as World Eater, is a gigantic legendary Hydra from Theros. It is a monster that emerges when the magic that holds the pillars of the world is shaken. It is a herald of terrible times when the fate of the poleis and civilization are in the balance.
First resting in a celestial lair, the monster fell to Theros because of the battle between Purphoros and Heliod. It was sealed under the Nessian Forest by Heliod and Nylea, where it dwelled, growing and devouring all who wandered into its territory.. When the planeswalker Elspeth Tirel came back to Theros, Heliod made her his champion, and sent her to defeat the Hydra, which had awakened and was ravaging the lands. The monster fell, the Sun's champion defeating it with Godsend, a swordspear crafted by Heliod using the same weapon which had made Polukranos fall from his former lair.