Snake

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Snake is a creature type represented in the Magic lore as a long reptile without arms. However, when appearing as Snake-folk they do in fact have arms.

The first creature to bear the type was River Boa in Visions (though Crypt Cobra and Sabertooth Cobra from Mirage, the Hornet Cobra from Legends, and Nafs Asp from Antiquities were later issued errata to become Snakes). After the Grand Creature Type Update Snake became a common "tribe".

Types of Snakes[edit | edit source]

Amonket[edit | edit source]

Serpopards[edit | edit source]

Based on actual mythological creature, serpopards are cat snakes endemic to Amonkhet. They serve the god Rhonas.

Dominaria[edit | edit source]

Hornet Cobras[edit | edit source]

Hornet Cobras were poisonous serpents. One was summoned by the Calthyn Elves while fighting against the Kieryn Elves in the White Woods of Corondor.

Dementia Snakemen[edit | edit source]

Dementia Snakemen were created by Chainer when he exiled the First to Aphetto. The creatures were sent ahead of the First to seize control of the city prior to his arrival in order to make his takeover more difficult, although the First did eventually convince them to obey him. They were created using the power of the Mirari and continued to exist after Chainer's death, serving the Patriarch as bodyguards and assassins.

Kamigawa[edit | edit source]

Orochi[edit | edit source]

Orochi are anthropomorphic four-armed snakefolk that inhabit the Jukai Forest of Kamigawa (Orochi Colony). [1] [2] The orochi of Jukai are segregated into three main tribes: the Kashi tribe, which houses and breeds the warriors of their kind; the Matsu tribe, which are snipers and scouts; and the Sakura tribe, which associates with the race's shamanic rituals and teachings. Of course, each tribe has its exceptions.

Orochi magic is based on reverance to kami of the land itself and is noticeably tied to the seasons.

Ravnica[edit | edit source]

Patagia Viper[edit | edit source]

Using its membranes, the Patagia Viper is able to glide between buildings. They are capable of obtaining lift within the course of these flights.

Theros[edit | edit source]

Snakes that mirror Greek Myths[edit | edit source]

In Greek Mythology, there was a giant snake, named Kholkikos, that guards the golden fleece and was eventually slain by Jason and his Argonauts. Snake of the Golden Grove is a reference to Kholkikos. In Greek Mythology, there was also a giant snake that was an enemy of Apollo named Python. Nemesis of Mortals is a reference to Python. Finally, there was a 2 headed snake in Greek Mythology named Amphisbaena. Amphisbaena is referenced by Nessian Asp.

Servants of Pharika or Erebos[edit | edit source]

Other snakes of Theros are not referencing any particular Greek Myth, but simply servants of Erebos or Pharika. This is depicted in Pharika's Chosen, Erebos's Emissary, Pharika's Cure, and Pharika, God of Affliction

Tarkir[edit | edit source]

Both the Sultai Brood and its successor, the Silumgar Brood use snakes. This is depicted in Ukud Cobra, Hooded Hydra, Rite of the Serpent, and Sudden Reclamation

Gorgons[edit | edit source]

The Gorgons of Theros have snakelike hair and bodies.

Main article: Gorgons

Nagas[edit | edit source]

The Nagas are snake-folk found on Amonkhet and Tarkir.

Main article: Nagas

Notable Snakes[edit | edit source]

Dominaria[edit | edit source]

Kamigawa[edit | edit source]

  • Seshiro. the leader of the orochi colonies.
  • Sachi. the leader of the orochi shamans. Daughter of Seshiro.
  • Shidako. an orochi matriarch and warrior.
  • Shisato. an orochi warrior known for her cunning and ruthlessness.
  • Sasaya. an orochi female whose meditations enabled her to meld her life force with that of the forest.
  • Sakiko, an orochi matron who has mastered the art of drawing green mana from her enemies’ holdings.
  • Shizuko a powerful orochi shaman and rival of Sakiko who believes the orochi should be self-sufficient and uninvolved in the kami war.
  • Sosuke. the leader of the orochi warriors; also the son of Seshiro.
  • Kaseto, an orochi archmage.

Creature Update[edit | edit source]

Creature types changed into Snake include:

Examples of other snake species included in the Snake type

Snake tokens[edit | edit source]

Token Color Type P/T Additional Rules Source Printings
Snake Black Creature — Snake 1/1 Deathtouch
Black/Green Enchantment Creature — Snake 1/1 Deathtouch
Green Creature — Snake 1/1
Green Creature — Snake 1/1 Deathtouch
Green/Blue Creature — Snake 1/1
Colorless Artifact Creature — Snake 1/1 Whenever this creature deals damage to a player, that player gets a poison counter.
Green Creature — Snake 5/4
Snake
named Broodbirth Viper
Blue Creature — Snake 3/3 Myriad
Whenever Broodbirth Viper deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card.
Zombie Snake Hydra
named Honored Hydra
White Creature — Zombie Snake Hydra 6/6 Trample

Trivia[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Alex Smith. (March 07, 2005.) "Truth in Fantasy", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  2. Magic Arcana. (September 09, 2004.) "Orochi art previews", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  3. Magic Arcana. (October 28, 2004.) “Sketches: Orochi Hatchery”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Magic Arcana. (May 25, 2006.) “Dissension Token Art”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Magic Arcana. (December 16, 2003.) "Jinxed artifacts", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]