Drider Vampires were undead driders that had been infected with vampirism.[1]

Physical CharacteristicsEdit

Appearing similar to their once-living selves, drider vampires had clawed hands and venomous fangs that protruded from their mouths.[3]


Drider vampires combined the abilities of both a drider and the more common vampire, though a few differences existed. Their bite was much more dangerous than an ordinary vampire, as they had little need to engage in grappling their victim but rather could drain their target with a single strike.[3]

A drider vampire would latch on to their opponents after they had successfully bitten their victim and began draining their blood immediately. However, this attachment left the drider vampire vulnerable and unable to dodge other attacks.[3]
Blood Drain
Each drider vampire could drain blood much like other vampires.[3]
Energy Drain
Upon being struck by a drider vampire's claws, the victim would have their life force drained. This energy could be used to accelerate the healing of a drider vampire.[3]
Spider Mastery
In contrast to ordinary vampires, drider vampires could only exert mental control over spiderkind creatures. Although unintelligent creatures could not resist this compulsion, more intelligent spiderkind creatures could potentially resist a drider vampire's commands for a short while.[3]
Alternate Form
Drider vampires were able to take on the shape of a spider of equal or smaller size and could remain in this form until the next sunrise.[3]


Drider vampires were creatures with a great loathing and hatred for all living creatures.[3]


Outcasts by virtue of their status as driders and for their vampirism, drider vampires were generally solitary entities.[3]

Notable drider vampiresEdit




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 James Wyatt (September 2002). City of the Spider Queen. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 118. ISBN 0-7869-1212-X.
  2. Bruce R. Cordell, Gwendolyn F.M. Kestrel, Jeff Quick (October 2003). Underdark. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 30. ISBN 0-7869-3053-5.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 James Wyatt (September 2002). City of the Spider Queen. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 119. ISBN 0-7869-1212-X.