The most flavor

Posted in Arcana on February 8, 2002

By Wizards of the Coast

Llanowar Elves have been in the basic set since the beginning, making them one of the true constants of the game. But one thing keeps changing – their flavor text! Throughout seven printings of the basic set, they have gone through four different flavor text variations. They are:

Alpha/Beta/Unlimited/Revised

Whenever the Llanowar Elves gather the fruits of their forest, they leave one plant of each type untouched, considering that nature’s portion.


4th Edition

Hardened by their life in the haunted Llanowar Forest, these fierce beings are outcasts among elvenkind.


5th Edition/6th Edition

One bone broken for every twig snapped underfoot.
—Llanowar penalty for trespassing


7th Edition

Llanowar covers a million square miles, yet nobody enters the forest without the elves knowing it.

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