Last updated on April 19, 2022

Illuna, Apex of Wishes (Ghidorah, King of the Cosmos alternate) - Illustration by Nicholas Gregory

Illuna, Apex of Wishes (Ghidorah, King of the Cosmos alternate) | Illustration by Nicholas Gregory

Do you like monster movies? What about big monster movies? Not big as in popular, but big as in the monsters are absolutely massive? Like, “run, it’s Godzilla!” massive? Like, actually Godzilla.

You’ve probably caught on by now, but today is all about the Godzilla Magic cards! If you’ve been keeping up with MTG in the last couple years then you’ve probably seen Godzilla roaming around on some cards. Or maybe you haven’t and you just stopped by because I used the words Godzilla and Magic in the same thought.

Either way, take a seat. I’ll be taking my time today to go over everything you need to know about the Godzilla cards, including how to get ahold of them. Ready? Let’s get started!

What Are the Godzilla Magic Cards?

Void Beckoner (Spacegodzilla, Void Invader alternate) - Illustration by Zezhou Chen

Void Beckoner (Spacegodzilla, Void Invader alternate) | Illustration by Zezhou Chen

The Godzilla cards are special alternate art cards that were printed in Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths. Unlike the usual alternate art cards you see, these actually replace the original card’s identity, but not the effects.

Take a look at the alternate art for Void Beckoner as an example. Instead of being named “Void Beckoner” it’s called “Spacegodzilla, Void Invader.” But you might notice that the original card’s name is still there under the new name, as well as all of its original text and abilities.

The Godzilla alternate art doesn’t affect gameplay, just gives the card a different look.

Which MTG Set Has Godzilla?

The set you’re looking to pull from for the Godzilla cards is Ikoria. There are 19 cards in total, but you can’t get them all just from cracking packs. You’ll find 15 of the 19 as a potential box topper for draft booster boxes, while three more can only be found as potential box toppers in Japanese draft booster boxes. And then there’s the one oddball that you can only get as a buy-a-box promo. It’s impossible to pull from packs no matter the region.

This is a pretty odd way to divide things, but it is what it is.

What Are the Godzilla Lands?

Pretty is what the Godzilla lands are. These actually weren’t part of Ikoria but a Secret Lair release featuring one basic land of each color with the truly stunning Godzilla-themed artwork. It would take tons of purchases to collect enough to bling out your whole deck, but it sure would be pretty.

Gallery and List of Godzilla MTG Cards

What Formats Are They Legal In?

Gyruda, Doom of Depths (Gigan, Cyberclaw Terror alternate) - Illustration by Jesper Ejsing

Gyruda, Doom of Depths (Gigan, Cyberclaw Terror alternate) | Illustration by Jesper Ejsing

These Godzilla cards are legal in any format that their original cards are legal in, which is anything except for Standard barring special format rules like Pauper that excludes anything at uncommon or higher rarity. Basically if the original card is legal, the promo is also okay to be played in that format.

Are the Godzilla Cards Valuable/Expensive?

A couple of the Godzilla cards are pretty pricey. You’re looking at around $30 on TCGPlayer to pick up copies of Ghidora or Mothra and $20 or so for Biollante. The other ones come in at about $10 or less varying based on their playability and popularity, but none of them are too terribly pricey.

Is It Worth it to Buy the Godzilla Cards?

This is a very tough question, and the answer is always subjective. Do you really love the Godzilla franchise? Are you a fan of the art? Are you specifically looking to purchase the Ghidora or Mothra cards?

Then the answer is probably yes. If you’ll enjoy having them or are planning on holding onto the expensive ones for a rainy day then do as you please and buy away! But if they don’t excite you that much and you aren’t investing in the pricey ones, don’t buy them.

A card is only worth it if you have a plan for it. Even if that plan is just to let it sit around and look pretty. That’s still a plan! But with that said, spend responsibly. Make sure you’re not burning a hole in your wallet to buy these cards. This shouldn’t be a problem for most of them but it’s an easy trap to fall into for those three pricier ones.

You should have a pretty good beat on whether or not it’s time for you to buy after considering all this.

Where to Find Godzilla Cards?

Okay, so you’ve decided to buy. I can’t blame you! The Godzilla cards look fantastic and would look even better in a card sleeve and on the battlefield. Thankfully TCGPlayer is always here for you and ready with all the cards you could ever want, making it the best option for buying the Godzilla cards.

You can also search around Amazon or eBay for the Godzilla cards. But they’re much less reliable when it comes to finding what you want compared to TCGPlayer, which exists solely to give you easy access to purchasing cards in this fashion.

Will These Ever Be Reprinted?

Luminous Broodmoth (Mothra, Supersonic Queen alternate) - Illustration by Nick Southam

Luminous Broodmoth (Mothra, Supersonic Queen alternate) | Illustration by Nick Southam

I highly doubt that the Godzilla cards will ever be reprinted. These were a pretty neat set of promos done with the visit to Ikoria when the set dropped. There was a Secret Lair later on for it with the lands, but that was still pretty close to Ikoria.

I don’t see us getting these again unless we go back to Ikoria in a future set and the base cards that got these alternate arts get reprints themselves. Maybe then, but definitely not anytime in the foreseeable future.

But I could be wrong. You never know.

Can You Get Godzilla on MTG Arena?

You can get the Godzilla cards on Arena, but it’s much more difficult now than it was before. It used to be that you got a certain number of promos depending on how many Ikoria packs you bought on MTGA, or you could earn them by playing the Ikoria draft events. That promotion period has unfortunately ended so you can’t get any of the cards that way.

You can only get these Godzilla card styles with a code, but finding this code isn’t an easy task, if at all possible. There seems to be no way to get these codes right now. To top it all off these card styles also can’t be crafted.

But there is hope. A slim hope, but hope nonetheless.

You can get the Secret Lair Godzilla lands with a code, and those codes have been floating around online. Sadly I have yet to locate any codes being sold or given out for these lands. It’s been some time since the Secret Lair drop itself and the codes won’t be easy to track down if there aren’t any left.

Can You Get the Godzilla Versions on Magic Online?

Yes, you can get the Godzilla cards on Magic Online, though it’s mostly from buying or trading singles. You should check out places like Cardhoarder to check their stock on the Godzilla series cards if you’re looking to get some of that digital bling!

What Was the “Death Corona” Controversy?

Ah, yes, Spacegodzilla, Death Corona. This was problematic when Ikoria released.

Spacegodzilla, Death Corona

Magic cards are designed and printed long before they actually hit the shelves. It just so happened that Ikoria’s release was perfectly timed with the eruption of the pandemic-that-will-not-be-named, and the alternate card name for Void Beckoner was originally “Spacegodzilla, Death Corona.”

This became problematic after it had already been printed and packaged. The original naming choice came from Spacegodzilla’s signature attack, which just so happens to be called the Corona Beam.

Spacegodzilla, Void Invader

Wizards did do something, thankfully, and stopped printing on that name as soon as possible to prevent it from being packaged as much as they could. They replaced it with the name “Spacegodzilla, Void Invader” and started to circulate that version as soon as they could. They also made sure that online versions reflected the change.

It was a really unfortunately-timed arrangement of events and circumstances that was out of anybody’s immediate control when it happened, but Wizards did good to remedy the issue as soon as humanly possible.

Is Godzilla Now Canon in MTG?

The question of whether of not Godzilla is now canon in Magic lore is a variable answer. You have to remember that MTG is a multiverse of infinite possibilities. There’s no finite end, so by some sort of logic there’s a plane where Godzilla exists and can be summoned across the Blind Eternities.

But as of right now I consider it in a bit of a limbo space. You can call it canon at any time because that’s what the multiverse implies, but at the same time those promotional cards were just card styles and not actual standalone cards like the recent Street Fighter or Walking Dead Secret Lairs. I’d consider it non-canon from a perspective of cards that are printed, but I think we can agree that it’s canon if anybody wants to consider it so for the convenience of entertainment.

Wrap Up

Nethroi, Apex of Death (Biollante, Plant Beast Form alternate) - Illustration by Torstein Nordstrand

Nethroi, Apex of Death (Biollante, Plant Beast Form alternate) | Illustration by Torstein Nordstrand

And that’s all I’ve got for you today! Thank you for stopping by for this one, it’s been a grand time. Do you have a favorite Godzilla card? A favorite land out of the Secret Lair? Or do you just want to talk about Godzilla? Either way, bring those funky comments down below for some fun banter.

Thank you all for coming by. Stay safe, stay warm, and I’ll see you all back here next time!

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