Spider is a creature type used for cards that depict predaceous arachnids, most of which spin webs that serve as nests and as traps for prey. Spiders mainly appear in green and typically have a high toughness and reach.
The first creature to bear the type was Giant Spider in Alpha. Other examples include Woolly Spider from Ice Age and Deadly Recluse from Magic 2010. More than thirty spiders have been printed, but so far never a spider lord.
In stories[edit | edit source]
Spiders are regular foes. The Hurloon minotaur Eusomoné was summoned by Jared Carthalion to fight off one of Ravidel's giant spiders in Arathoxia. The planeswalker Feroz and the Anaba minotaur Sandruu once fought a Root Spider.
Other appearances include Urza's "screaming spider" artifacts which sent very high sound waves that humans couldn't hear but were deafening loud to sleeper agents, and Lorwyn spiderwigs, a mass of arachnids intended to be worn rather than eaten (Spiderwig Boggart).
Notable characters with spiderish characteristics[edit | edit source]
Tokens[edit | edit source]
|Spider||Black||Creature — Spider||2/4||Reach|
|Green||Creature — Spider||1/2||Reach|
|Green||Enchantment Creature — Spider||1/3||Reach|
Related cards[edit | edit source]
- Arachnus Spinner from Magic 2012 works together with the aura Arachnus Web which neutralizes creatures.
- Web, Spidersilk Armor and Spider Umbra are all auras that grant reach.
- Spidersilk Net is an equipment that grants reach.
- Swarmyard is a land that regenerates Spiders.
- Eaten by Spiders is an instant that destroys creature with flying.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Ishkanah, Grafwidow and Thantis, the Warweaver are the only legendary Spiders.
- Giant Spider is the only card that has appeared in all core sets from Alpha to Magic 2012. It finally appeared in an expert set with Amonkhet. It was also featured in the introductory Chines Global Series: Jiang Yanggu & Mu Yanling and in Core Set 2019.
- Needlepeak Spider is the only mono red Spider.
- Ancient Spider, Pale Recluse, Giant Trap Door Spider, Nyx Weaver and Dragonlair Spider are the only multicolored Spiders.
- Arachnoid is the only artifact Spider.
- The Morph mechanic used to be visualized by a spider-shaped creature shell that is also represented in Onslaught’s expansion symbol (). 
Oddities[edit | edit source]
- Orbweaver Kumo should have been a Spider Spirit, but isn't.
- Giant Solifuge is an arachnid. It would have been more logical to make it a Spider instead of an Insect.