Dryders are spider-like creatures that can be found throughout Tyria and the Mists.
They are almost exclusively offensive spellcasters, mostly encountered as hex-based necromancers throughout Tyria, and more frequently as elementalists and mesmers in The Mists, where they usually serve Dhuum.
They tend to prefer very cold or icy places, such as the Shiverpeaks mountains, or on the contrary extremely hot places, such as the Ring of Fire Islands.
They also seem to feed on souls as they are frequently seen next to dead bodies or souls, and their skills (Soul Leech, Soul Torture) further references that.
According to Nicholas the Traveler, Frostfire Dryders have poisonous fangs, however none of the Dryders in the game can actually inflict poison.
List of hostile NPCs
|Guild Wars Prophecies|
|Northern Shiverpeaks||Shiverpeak Mountains wildlife||10 (24) Frostfire Dryder||Frostfire Fang|
|Ring of Fire Islands||Ring of Fire Islands wildlife||24 (26) Dark Flame Dryder||Dark Flame Fang|
|The Mists||Underworld army||28 (30) Terrorweb Dryder||Demonic Fang|
|Guild Wars Nightfall|
|Realm of Torment||Underworld army||28 (30) Terrorweb Dryder||Demonic Fang|
|Domain of Anguish army|| 24 (26) Guardian of Komalie
28 (30) Tortureweb Dryder
|Guild Wars Eye of the North|
|Depths of Tyria||Depths of Tyria wildlife|| 24 (26) Bloodtaint Dryder
24 (26) Dreadgaze Dryder
24 (26) Soulfire Dryder
24 (26) Terrorbond Dryder
|The Fissure of Woe||Fissure of Woe army||24 (26) Doubter's Dryder||None|
|The Underworld||Underworld army|| 24 (26) Keeper of Souls
28 (30) Terrorweb Dryder
/ 28 (30) Terrorweb Dryder (silver)
- Dryders in the Depths of Tyria use Dryder's Feast, but none of those found in the game use Dryder's Defenses as there are no Ranger dryders.
- Tortureweb Dryders and Guardians of Komalie are affected by Lightbringer, although technically, they are not considered to be demons.
- In Dungeons & Dragons, Driders are Dark Elves whose lower bodies have been replaced by that of a spider.
- The appearance of the Dryders was inspired partially by H. P. Lovecraft works and were originally intended for creatures of the Maguuma Jungle.