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Shub-Niggurath
Set
Core Set
Elder Sign Doom Track
12 10
MonsterDoomMonsterMonster
MonsterDoomMonsterMonster
MonsterDoom
Special Ability
Black Goat of the Woods: All monsters have 1 additional task added to them, consisting of the following:
Terror Task.

Battle Task
Lore TaskLore TaskTerror Task
Attack
When Shub-Niggurath attacks, each investigator must either discard 1 trophy or be devoured.
Shub-Niggurath
Set
Arkham Nights
Elder Sign Doom Track
12 10
MonsterMonsterMonsterDoom
MonsterMonsterDoomMonster
MonsterDoom
Special Ability
A Thousand Young: When a player resolves an adventure, a monster appears. Monsters with a trophy value of 1 cannot be kept as trophies. They are returned to the monster cup after being defeated.

Battle Task
Lore TaskLore TaskTerror Task
Attack
When Shub-Niggurath attacks, each investigator must either discard 1 trophy or be devoured.
Shub-Niggurath
Set
Core Set

Will Strength
−1 −3
Horror Damage Toughness
4Horror 5Damage Number of Players+3
Effect
This Epic Monster cannot lose Health unless 3 Mysteries have been solved.
UniqueAE-181: Shub-Niggurath [R]
The Black Goat of the Woods
235px
Type Subtype
Character Ancient One
Faction Cost Skill
Shub-Niggurath 7 7
Terror Combat Arcane Investigation
3 0 2 0
Keywords
Villainous
Loyal
Toughness +4
Card Text
Response: after Shub-Niggurath commits to a story, remove all other characters from that story. Characters cannot be further committed to that story this phase.
UniqueUT-109: Shub-Niggurath [R]
The All-Mother
235px
Type Subtype
Character Ancient One
Faction Cost Skill
Shub-Niggurath 7 7
Terror Combat Arcane Investigation
3 1 1 0
Keywords
Villainous
Invulnerability
Card Text
Action: pay 3 to search your deck for a Dark Young character and put that character into play. Then shuffle your deck.
UniqueEE-181: Shub-Niggurath [R]
She with a Thousand Young
235px
Type Subtype
Character Ancient One
Faction Cost Skill
Shub-Niggurath 10 10
Terror Combat Arcane Investigation
2 2 1 0
Keywords
Villainous
Invulnerability
Card Text
Lower the cost for you to play Shub-Niggurath by 5 if you control 4 or more Cultist characters.
Response: after Shub-Niggurath enters play, put into play all characters from all discard piles, exhausted.
UniqueCS-121: Shub-Niggurath [F]
The All Mother
Shub-Niggurath CS-121.png
Type Subtype
Character Ancient One
Faction Cost Skill
Shub-Niggurath 7 7
Terror Combat Arcane Investigation
3 1 1 0
Keywords
Villainous
Invulnerability
Card Text
Action: Pay 3 to search your deck for a Dark Young character and put that character into play. Then shuffle your deck.
UniqueTYC-114: Shub-Niggurath [F]
Dark Mistress of the Woods
Shub-Niggurath TYC-114.png
Type Subtype
Character Ancient One
Faction Cost Skill
Shub-Niggurath 6 8
Terror Combat Arcane Investigation
2 2 1 0
Keywords
Villainous
Invulnerability
Card Text
Action: Pay 2 to put into play any number of Dark Young characters from your hand and discard pile.
UniqueTTY-23: Shub-Niggurath [F]
The Dark Mother
Shub-Niggurath TTY-23.png
"Iä! Shub-Niggurath! The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young!"
Type Subtype
Character Ancient One
Faction Cost Skill
Shub-Niggurath 8 8
Terror Combat Arcane Investigation
3 2 0 0
Keywords
Villainous
Invulnerability
Resilient
Card Text
Response: After you play Shub-Niggurath, put into play all Shub-Niggurath characters attached to the domain you used to pay for it.

Shub-Niggurath is an Ancient One that appears in the Elder Sign Core Set and Arkham Nights promo set for 2012, an Epic Monster that appears in the Eldritch Horror Core Set, and a Character Card that appears in the Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game Arkham Edition, Unspeakable Tales, Eldritch Edition, Core Set, The Yuggoth Contract, and The Thousand Young.

Availability[]

CS-121 appears in the Necronomicon Draft Pack.

Artwork[]

The Elder Sign: Arkham Nights Ancient One Card for Shub-Niggurath, AE-181, and CS-121 use an illustration[?] by John Matson.

The Elder Sign: Core Set Ancient One Card for Shub-Niggurath and UT-109 use an illustration[?] by Patrick McEvoy.

EE-181 uses an illustration[?] by Matthew "Matt" Dixon.

TYC-114 uses an illustration[?] by Matthew Starbuck.

TTY-23 uses an illustration[?] by Stephen Somers.

Mythos[]

Shub-Niggurath first appeared in the story The Last Test (H.P. Lovecraft with Adolphe de Castro, 1927).

Shub-Niggurath is the Outer God of fertility. In the few times it has been summoned, Shub-Niggurath appeared as a great noxious cloud from which hoofed feet and tendrils constantly protruded and were re-absorbed. It may be called in any woodland with a properly consecrated altar during a new moon, especially on May-Eve.

Shub-Niggurath is usually referred to as female, but has also been known by the title "Ram with a Thousand Ewes." One reference in the Cthaat Aquadingen says that the Outer God is both male and female. It is likely that Shub-Niggurath signifies the cosmic principle of fertility and childbearing, and attaching sex to any of the Outer Gods is problematic at best.

Shub-Niggurath's cults may be the most widespread of any Mythos entity. It is known to have been worshiped by the Tcho-tchos, Hyperboreans, Muvians, Greeks, Cretans, Egyptians, Druids, and the people of Sarnath, as well as by the fungi from Yuggoth, the dholes, and the Nug-Soth of Yaddith. For those who serve it, Shub-Niggurath bestows bountiful harvests and many children to its worshipers in exchange for blood sacrifices.

References to Hastur the Unspeakable indicate that Shub-Niggurath has mated or will mate with this Great Old One, producing the creatures known as the Thousand Young. From this union, or possibly another with Yog-Sothoth, it has spawned the little-known entities Nug and Yeb. Yig has also been referred to as her "brother and mate". The milk of Shub-Niggurath, a substance with astounding mutagenic properties, has sometimes been found in the possession of cultists.[1]

Notes and references[]

  1. Harms, Daniel, "Shub-Niggurath (also The Black Goat Of The Woods With A Thousand Young or Shupnikkurat or possibly Ishnigarrab)", Cthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia.
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