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Wurms in Magic are traditionally large limbless terrestrial reptiles. These wurms have an endoskeleton, reptilian scales or plates, and a saurian head similar to a dragon's. [1] [2] They may be aligned with any color of Magic, but most are wholly or partially green. Over the years and sets Wurms have evolved in Magic into more of giant Worms. [3] Most wurms are forest dwellers. They are preternaturally hungry and relentless when pursuing their prey.

Origin[edit | edit source]

Wurms trace their origin to the Elder Dragon Wars, during which the vastly powerful Elder Dragons that were defeated were stripped of their power, limbs, and wings, thereby becoming the Elder Land Wurms. The Elder Land Wurms are the forbears of all other wurms.

Types[edit | edit source]

Wurms from different planes can have vastly different morphologies, especially in their head and jaw anatomies.

Alara[edit | edit source]

Upon Alara, the wurms occupy the lower reaches of Jund where they displayed a behavior more akin to dragons than normal. After the Conflux, the wurms were pressed into the service of Bant as living siege engines. [4]

Dominaria[edit | edit source]

Elder land wurms[edit | edit source]

Elder Land Wurms are creatures of immense power that are the descendents of the original Elder Dragons. During the Elder Dragon Wars, the surviving victors of the war went on the spawn the races of the Lesser Elders, dragons, drakes, and viashino. The losers of the war, the Elder Land Wurms, were stripped of their power and even their limbs, and became the ancient ancestors of modern-day wurms. These beasts might have been stripped of most of their power, but they are still fearsome opponents. A thigh bone of one such creature was found – along with four dead Craw Wurms and a Craw Giant Chieftain – at the site of the supposed last battle of the Ironclaw Orcs.

Craw Wurms[edit | edit source]

Craw Wurms are one of the more common types of Wurms. One was summoned by the Kieryn Elves while fighting against the Calthyn Elves in the White Woods of Corondor. Also, corpses of four such wurms were found at the site of the last great battle of the Ironclaw Orcs.

Johtull wurms[edit | edit source]

These bizarre creatures looked nothing like any other kind of wurm, having strange, flattened heads and insect-like limbs. They appeared on Terisiare during the Ice Age. One of them killed Zillegeth of Clan Ruby.

Otarian wurms[edit | edit source]

Otarian Wurms look a lot like Craw Wurms, except for their flattened mouths. Some of them are known to possess metamorphic abilities. Others have begun a symbiotic relationship with Otaria’s insects.

Scaled wurms[edit | edit source]

It is said that these creatures embody the worst of the Ice Age on Dominaria. A very large Scaled Wurm known as Rhindle terrorized Kjeldor during the last few decades of the Ice Age.

Scoria wurms[edit | edit source]

These wurms have multiple jaws and live in the volcanic rivers under Shiv.

Trench wurms[edit | edit source]

Trench wurms are strange-looking, three-pointed-beak wurms. As these wurms do not look typically Phyrexian, but they were nonetheless deployed in the battle at the Caves of Koilos, it is possible that these were transplanted by Yawgmoth from another plane.

Water wurms[edit | edit source]

These creatures seem very out of place among the other wurms, for they are the blue wurms and are very small compared to the others. There is a chance they are just misnamed worms. [5]

Innistrad[edit | edit source]

The wurms of Innistrad feast on graveyards, full of bodies ripe for their gullets.

Mirrodin[edit | edit source]

Slagwurms[edit | edit source]

Plated Slagwurms are one of the largest types of wurms. These creatures lived in the Tangle on Mirrodin. They are known to dig huge tunnels. They compete for nesting ground around the Radix.

Ravnica[edit | edit source]

The wurms of Ravnica most often are found wreaking havoc in the Gruul wilds or have been trained by the Selesnyan Conclave. [6] [7] The Golgari have also been known to raise wurms as zombies.

Zendikar[edit | edit source]

Unlike the generally reptilian wurms of many planes, the Zendikari wurm has a monstrous maw more akin to a Hellion and insectlike eyes. They are worshipped in the creation myths of the Mul-Daya as the parent of the sun.

Wurm tokens[edit | edit source]

Wurm creature tokens may come in various sizes, with or without abilities:

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Doug Beyer. (November 14, 2007.) "Drakes and Dragons, Wurms and Worms", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Doug Beyer. (August 10, 2011.) "Magic's Exclusive Creatures", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Rosewater. (September 05, 2015.) "Any trivia on my favorite creatures Wurms?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  4. Magic Arcana. (June 08, 2009.) "Sketches: Enlisted Wurm", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Doug Beyer. (December 12, 2007.) "Goodies from the Mailbag", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Magic Arcana. (October 04, 2005.) "Ravnica Style Guide: Selesnya", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Magic Arcana. (October 12, 2005.) "Sketches: Autochthon Wurm", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Magic Arcana. (May 30, 2002.) "Bambi Meets Wurm", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Magic Arcana. (March 21, 2006.) "Guildpact Token Art 1", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.