The Growth of a Giant (Growth)

Posted in Arcana on March 11, 2008

By Wizards of the Coast

Back in Alpha, Giant Growth was simple: See this rat? It's enormous! Look at those tiny bones next to it!

Giant Growth

Things stayed that way until Ice Age, when the spotlight was taken by a dragonfly:

Giant Growth

That wasn't entirely satisfactory, because there wasn't anything to provide scale. Sure, the dragonfly might be huge, but it also might be . . . the size of a dragonfly. For Fifth Edition, the creature of choice was once more a rat:

Giant Growth

This time, the rat isn't just lurking in the sewers; it's out there menacing small dragony-looking things.

In Seventh Edition, the small creatures took a back seat to a good old-fashioned ENORMOUS HUMAN WARRIOR. This time, the art actually showed the moment of transformation, with the puny human (in front) turning into the big one.

Giant Growth

For Eighth Edition, the old Fifth Edition rat came back in the old Fifth Edition art. But he was soon replaced (again) in Ninth Edition by what looks like some kind of barbarian out in the sandy wastes:

Giant Growth

Possibly the most popular version arrived in 2006 as a textless Magic Player Rewards card:

That one spawned an Ask Wizards question you might be interested in:

June 7, 2006

Q: On the textless Giant Growth, what is the giant creature? Is it a gorgon, a dryad, or something else all together?
--Richard

A: From Brady Dommermuth, Magic Creative Director:

It is, in fact, a gorgon, Richard. It's a Magic gorgon, though, meaning it has strange, motile, segmented-cable hair, rather than actual snakes like the Medusa of Greek mythology.


Finally (for now) the Tenth Edition Giant Growth shows a wee Grizzly Bears turning into a massive force to be reckoned with.

Giant Growth

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