Colour identity is not only the colours in the casting cost, but any mana symbols that appear in the rules text (but not the reminder text!). Are there any legendary creatures that have a different colour identity to their card colour?


There are. The color identity rules were purposefully changed in 2010 to allow these legendary creatures to be played as commanders:

  • Out of curiosity, how did you find the cards in answer?
    – Ivar
    Jan 10 '14 at 19:43
  • @Ivar Sheldon listed them in the rules change announcement. (Follow my first link and read the last couple of paragraphs.)
    – Alex P
    Jan 10 '14 at 19:44
  • Do you know if there are any others that have been printed since that rules change announcement?
    – Cascabel
    Jan 10 '14 at 23:54
  • @Cascabel As far as I can tell, as of the writing of this answer in 2014 that was a complete list, no additions between 2010 and 2014, in the past 6 years though that list has grown quite a bit.
    – Andrew
    Jan 25 '21 at 17:44

While most cards color identity is in the casting cost, there are many cards that have an identity that does not match their colors. This is true for legendary creatures too and there are many commanders with identities outside the card color. The most common reason is the card has an ability with different colored mana costs, some of the more common ones:

A less common reason is double faced cards, the color of the back face is part of the identity of the commander:


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