The Dark

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The Dark
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Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description Crescent Moon
Design Jesper Myrfors
Steve Bishop
Glenn Elliott
Beverly Marshall Saling
Development Skaff Elias
Jim Lin
Chris Page
Dave Pettey
Art direction Sandra Everingham
Release date August 8, 1994
Plane Dominaria (Terisiare)
Themes and
Tribal, first mood-based theme, graveyard as resource, exile, poison counters
Set size 119 (40 Common 1 Uncommon 78 Rare)
Expansion code DRK[1]
Non-block expansions
Legends The Dark Fallen Empires
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Legends The Dark Fallen Empires

The Dark is the fourth Magic expansion and was released on August 8, 1994. It is not considered to be part of any block.

The Dark booster

Set details[edit | edit source]

The Dark was printed on sheets of 121 cards and contains 119 unique cards total. The set's rarity breakdown is: 40 commons (40@C3), 1 Uncommon (1@C1), 78 Rares (35@U1, 43@U2). The Dark includes a goblin tribal theme, powerful abilities with intense colored mana and upkeep costs, and the return of Poison counters. The expansion symbol of the set is a thin crescent moon to evoke The Dark’s tone.[2] The Dark introduced the first multicolored noncreature card, the first common multicolored card, and the first enemy-pair multicolored card.

The Dark lands have a unique dark grey-purple colored text box, which was reprinted on the Chronicles version of Safe Haven.

Marketing[edit | edit source]

The Dark was sold in eight-card packs which included six commons and two uncommons. Cards were available from mid August 1994 through mid November 1994. The print run was announced by Wizards to be 62 million cards. The Dark was the first Magic expansion that was released in the Italian language (the Italian Legends was released later).

Storyline[edit | edit source]

The climax of the Brothers' War was the Sylex Blast, which lofted debris into the air blotting out the sun and creating The Dark. Without the sun the climate begins to cool, and an anti-magic religion comes to power, blaming the Sylex blast and its effects on all magic and its users. Persecution of these magic using wizards led to the creation of the fabled City of Shadows in the east and the Conclave of Mages in the west, where they hid themselves during this time.

Creature types[edit | edit source]

The Dark greatly expanded the concept of a "tribe," or a specific creature type (briefly touched upon in Legends with the kobold creature type). It contains six goblins, a card named "Goblin Rock Sled," two creatures with abilities that reference goblins, two Auras that can give a bonus to goblins, and a sorcery to destroy all goblins — Tivadar's Crusade. Despite this creature-type theme, most of the rest of the set used unusual, creature-specific creature types like other early expansions.

The following creature types are introduced in this expansion: Ball Lightning (later changed to Elemental), Bandit (later changed to Human Rogue), Banshee (later changed to Spirit), Brother (later changed to Human Shaman), Cave People (later changed to Human), Eater (later changed to Horror), Eel (later changed to Fish), Exorcist (later changed to Human Cleric), Fallen (later changed to Zombie), General (later changed to Orc Warrior), Hunter (later changed to Human Cleric), Leech, Lurker, Miracle Worker (later changed to Human Cleric), Mob (later changed to Human), Murk Dwellers (later changed to Zombie), Nameless-Race, Niall Silvain (later changed to Ouphe), People of the Woods (later changed to Human), Pikemen (later changed to Human Soldier), Preacher (later changed to Human Cleric), Rag Man (later changed to Minion), Robber (later changed to Human Rogue), Rock Sled (later changed to Goblin), Scavenger Folk (later changed to just Scavenger then Human), Shark (later changed to Fish), Sister (later changed to Human Shaman), Squire (later changed to Human Soldier), Tracker (later changed to Human), Uncle Istvan (later changed to Human), Viper (later changed to Snake), and Whippoorwill (later changed to Bird).

The following creature types are used in this expansion but also appear in previous sets: Drake, Elf, Goblin, Hag, Imp, Knight, Leviathan, Merfolk, Monster, Rat, Ship (later changed to Spirit), Slug, Treefolk, Wall, Wizard, Wurm and Zombie.

Cycles[edit | edit source]

The Dark has no cycles.

Mirorred pair[edit | edit source]

Notable cards[edit | edit source]

Functional reprints[edit | edit source]

The Dark has one functional reprint:

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Main article: The Dark/Trivia
  • Although the multicolored cards in the Legends expansion did not, the three multicolored cards in The Dark have reminder text to remind the player that the card counts as two colors.[3]
  • Only one of the four lands printed in The Dark produces mana.

Misprints[edit | edit source]

The artist Dennis Detwiller is incorrectly credited as Denise Detwiler on the following cards:

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wizards of the Coast. (August 02, 2004.) “Ask Wizards - August, 2004”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Brady Dommermuth. (October 31, 2006.) “Ask Wizards”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Magic Arcana. (October 11, 2002.) “Dark Goblins”,, Wizards of the Coast.

External links[edit | edit source]

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