Shale spiders are earth elemental creatures, with four spiderlike legs, that mostly only appear in Deepholm. The elemental shale spider is no true arachnid, but it has durability and ferocity that make it feared even in Deepholm.
Like normal earth elementals, shale spiders are also capable of leaving the earth plane. Some of these creatures have appeared in the Twilight Highlands devouring Elementium, and others in The Jade Forest in Pandaria devour jade. Pandaren miners refer to them as "nibblers."
Through experimentation, the mages of Dalaran have discovered that the powered remains of a crimson shale spider will greatly increase the conflagration of their fire spells. Adult amethyst shale spiders prefer to create their nests against the outer walls of Deepholm. Prized by gem crafters, the undamaged carapace of a topaz hatchling can be used to create stunning inlays for rings and bracelets.
- Amethyst Shale Hatchling
- Crimson Shale Hatchling
- Crimson Shale Spider
- Deep Spider
- Elementium Spinner
- Emerald Shale Hatchling
- Greenstone Gorger
- Greenstone Nibbler
- Greenstone Terror
- Rock Borer
- Topaz Shale Hatchling
As a companion pet
The drops off of Jadefang, a rare spider located within the Crumbling Depths caves of Deepholm. The Amethyst Shale Hatchling, Crimson Shale Hatchling, Emerald Shale Hatchling and Topaz Shale Hatchling can be obtained through pet battles.
As a hunter pet
- Main article: Shale beast
- Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Family renamed to shale beast.
- Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): replaced with .
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Added.