Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Leak Spoils Three Monster Cards – Godzilla Promo in Magic: The Gathering?

Ikoria Lair of Behemoths Promo Poster
A promotional poster for Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths.

A post from Twitter today revealed images of 3 promo cards from Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, the upcoming Magic: The Gathering expansion announced to be released to MTG Arena on April 16, 2020. The official previews for starts on April 2, and we have been given titbits of information so far as we eagerly await the set. Mark Rosewater, the Head Designer of Magic: The Gathering, has previously stated that Ikoria has “one of the craziest mechanics we’ve made in quite a while” and has already teased us with some information from the set.

A few weeks ago, someone had claimed that Narset was in Ikoria, but it only came with text and no images. This time, we have much more!

The source claims to have obtained the images from Instagram, and another person has stated that the person who leaked the cards is also from reddit and is a store owner who somehow got a hold of the cards early.

Before we delve right in, remember: These are unofficial, unconfirmed leaks so view at your own risk! For all we know, these cards could be part of an April Fools joke!

Update: The Brazilian Magic: The Gathering Twitter account just teased a picture depicting a foot with four toes…

Major spoiler warning – scroll down at your own risk!

The spoilers below are in Portuguese; our translations for them will be close but could be slightly off as a result!

Bio-Quartz SpaceGodzilla

SpaceGodzilla from Bio-Quartz

Bio-Quartz SpaceGodzilla 2BGU
(Brokkos, Apex of Eternity)
Legendary Creature – Elemental Beast Nightmare (Mythic Rare)
Mutate 2(U/B)GG
You may cast Brokkos, Apex of Eternity, from your graveyard using its mutate ability.
Artist: Svetlin Velinov

Godzilla, Primordial Champion

Godzilla, Primordial Champion

Godzilla, Primordial Champion 7GG
(Titanote Rex)
Creature – Beast Dinosaur (Uncommon)
Cycling 1G
When you cycle Titanote Rex, put a trample counter on target creature you control.
Artist: Lius Lasahido

King Caesar, Ancient Guardian

King Caesar, Ancient Guardian

King Caesar, Ancient Guardian 3W
(Huntmaster Tiger)
Creature – Cat (Uncommon)
Mutate 2W
Whenever this creature mutates, other creatures you control get +X/+X until end of turn, where X is the number of this creature’s mutations.
Artist: Slawomir Maniak

Some notes about these cards:

  • These are promo, alternate art cards featuring Godzilla and King Caesar as a cross-promotion.
  • The original card names are written underneath and also as part of the card text, but they have special promo names representing these characters. Note that Godzilla is not Legendary, as the original card is not.
  • Hasbro has a licensing deal with Toho International, the creators behind these iconic characters. Godzilla Monopoly and Jenga have already been made.
  • The source indicates that these are box toppers, which is “unlike anything Magic has ever done.” according to the Wizards Play Network.
  • From the previously teased information by Mark Rosewater, the card text matches what he teased. We also know that Mutate (which we don’t know what it does quite yet) and keyword counters are the new mechanics of the set.
  • The arts matches the styles of the artists:

The original images of the promo cards:


The wrapper that contained the above promo cards:

Ikoria Lair of Behemoths Boxtopper Wrapper

The original Twitter post that posted the images and translations by Charly Traarbach:



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19 Responses

  1. Luis Daniel Rojas Chacón says:

    King Caeser should be “Whenever this creature mutates, other creatures you control get +X/+X until end of turn, where X is the number of this creature’s mutations”, removing the “and creatures you control”.
    I speak Spanish… So close enough 😀

  2. Floris Hegger says:

    These can only be real it they’ve adjusted the names as promotional material.

  3. Nick says:

    Godzilla is an uncommon, the rarity is also on the bottom of the cards by the collectors number

  4. Flushmaster says:

    I would guess the first to be better translated as Bioquartz SpaceGodzilla, with “Bioquartz” as an adjective referring to his makeup rather than a point of origin, along the lines of a notional “Turbo MechaGodzilla.”

    Also based on speaking Spanish rather than Portuguese, but the syntax is pretty much identical.

  5. iH8sn0w says:

    This is fake.

  6. Dan Long says:

    Please fix your headline. Either “leaks spoil” or “leak spoils”.

  7. dausuul says:

    Bit early for April Fools’ jokes, isn’t it?

    “Godzilla” is somebody else’s IP. MaRo has been very clear that Wizards does not use any IP but their own in Magic; that’s why they will never return to Rabiah (“The Arabian Nights” is public domain, thus not Wizards’ IP). This is a fake, and a lousy one at that.

    • mtgazone mtgazone says:

      These are promo cards, which are not part of the main set – and hence exempt from that rule. It’s very unique though, so I guess we’ll find out soon enough!

    • deanhk says:

      they have done crossovers with transformers and my little pony, I know there are links with those properties because of hasbro partnership, but still, you never know.

  8. Keita Tachibana II says:

    I hope Ultraman shows to save us to those beasts. Hahaha

  9. deanhk says:

    wish these were real, but so fake, space godzilla is obviously in red 😉🤣

  10. deanhk says:

    that key art looks like a sliver to me, but i dunno. still hyped though.

  11. Adam W Oakes says:

    Only mythic and rare have the hologram sticker at the bottom. The uncommon with a golden glare on the picture is a complete bust. Plus four box toppers (extended art) would require four booster box openings, which if anyone got their hands on them would open 144 packs revealing the rest of the set in the process. Use your head. Wizards booted this from the community threads.

  12. BG Halsted says:

    Adam – Sorry, friend, but you’re incorrect on three counts:
    1. Promotional cards also have the hologram since at least Tarkir – here’s a example of a common with the hologram: https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/tarkir-dragonfury-promos/evolving-wilds
    2. The last picture shows that these come in a Promo pack similar to the Standard Showdown packs. It’s absolutely conceivable that the box topper is a 3- to 5-card promo pack with alternate art cards.
    3. Shops frequently start opening boosters to fill their singles inventory as soon as they get their shipment of a new set, which can be several weeks prior to pre-release. Unless they want to lose their WPN privileges, they aren’t just going to spoil a set, and even this small leak would seriously put the shop’s entire business with WotC in jeopardy. It’s very likely that an individual employee took the pictures while cracking packs to fill inventory and posted them without realizing the repercussions.