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Creature Type
(Subtype for creature/tribal cards)
Statistics 91 cards
{U} 4.4% {B} 19.8% {R} 1.1% {G} 60.4% {B/R} 1.1% {R/G} 1.1% {G/U} 6.6% {M} 1.1% {artifact symbol} 4.4%
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Snake is a creature type used for cards that depict scaled, limbless, reptiles with salivary glands often modified to produce venom which is injected through grooved or tubular fangs. However, when appearing as Snake-folk they do in fact have arms.

History[edit | edit source]

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".

Storyline[edit | edit source]

Alara[edit | edit source]

Coatl[edit | edit source]

The coatl are large, winged serpents created during the Conflux on Alara. The nacatl call them "vetli", a word that means "poison arrow".[1] Wingless variants also exist, whose scales are believed to be inscribed with secrets.[2]

Amonkhet[edit | edit source]

Serpopards[edit | edit source]

Based on an actual mythological creature, serpopards are cat snakes endemic to Amonkhet. They were kept in the menagerie of 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.

Ixalan[edit | edit source]

Coatl[edit | edit source]

Coatls are large serpents with feathered wings that are native to the continent of Ixalan.[3] The River Heralds rever the Coatl as representative of the wisdom of the sky and the rivers that twist through the air to reflect the course of rivers along the ground.

Coatls are immortal guardians of the sky, dwelling always among the clouds. The River Heralds say that they can be enticed to the ground by the earnest supplication of the wisest of merfolk shamans. Coatls are said to be wise beyond mortal measure and incapable of speaking a falsehood, so their advice is often sought in times of desperate need. The sight of a coatl is thought to foretell favorable winds — a belief that has begun to spread from the River Herald shamans to the pirates of the Brazen Coalition.

Kamigawa[edit | edit source]

Orochi[edit | edit source]

Orochi are anthropomorphic four-armed snakefolk that inhabit the Jukai Forest of Kamigawa (Orochi Colony).[4][5] 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.[6] Of course, each tribe has its exceptions.

Orochi magic is based on reverence to kami of the land itself and is noticeably tied to the seasons (see also: Orochi ability).

Ravnica[edit | edit source]

Coiling Oracle[edit | edit source]

Snaking remnants of nature directed by a body of thought and progress, the coiling oracles are blend of snake and elf that embody all that is Simic.[7]

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]

Greek Mythology describes several particular snakes, many of which are directly referenced by snakes from Theros. Snake of the Golden Grove is a reference to the Drakon Kholkikos, a giant snake or dragon, as the two creatures were not always clearly distinct in Greek myth, that guarded the Golden Fleece and was eventually slain by Jason and his Argonauts. Nemesis of Mortals is a reference to Python, a giant snake that was an enemy of Apollo. Nessian Asp references the amphisbaena, a type of two-headed snake often referenced in Greek texts.

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: Gorgon

Nagas[edit | edit source]

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

Main article: Naga

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.

Ikoria[edit | edit source]

Creature Update[edit | edit source]

Creature types changed into Snake include:

Examples of other snake species included in the Snake type

Tokens[edit | edit source]

Token Name Color Type Line P/T Text Box 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
Broodbirth Viper Blue Creature — Snake 3/3 Myriad
Whenever Broodbirth Viper deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card.
Honored Hydra White Creature — Zombie Snake Hydra 6/6 Trample
Test cards
Token Name Color Type Line P/T Text Box Source Printings
Snake Black Creature — Snake 1/1 Deathtouch

Trivia[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Flavor text of Winged Coatl
  2. Flavor text of Lorescale Coatl
  3. James Wyatt (January 9, 2018). "Plane Shift: Ixalan". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Alex Smith (March 07, 2005). "Truth in Fantasy". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Magic Arcana (September 09, 2004). "Orochi art previews". Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Wizards of the Coast (June, 2005). "Ask Wizards - June, 2005". Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Flavor text of Coiling oracle
  8. Magic Arcana (October 28, 2004). "Sketches: Orochi Hatchery". Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Magic Arcana (May 25, 2006). "Dissension Token Art". Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Magic Arcana (December 16, 2003). "Jinxed artifacts". Wizards of the Coast.