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Basilisks are giant, many-legged reptiles that can turn their enemies to stone with their gaze. Jared Carthalion summoned two of them to help in the fight at Castle Melmereth; both were killed, one by Ravidel himself. During present day Shiv, many basilisks routinely wander the barren wastes.

Basilisk mainly appear in green. The first creature to bear the creature type was Thicket Basilisk in Alpha. In all, more than ten different Basilisks are printed. They usually have a variant of "Whenever ~ deals damage to a creature, destroy that creature at end of combat" (also known as "Basilisk", "Venom"), or "deathtouch".