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The first encounters the Wraith in the series premiere "", in which a number of personnel are captured by Wraith darts while scouting the planet Athos. They are brought back to a Wraith hive ship, where the hibernating Wraith are being watched over by the "Keeper". The Keeper telepathically probes 's mind and learns of a "new feeding ground" richer than any the Wraith have ever known: Earth. Major kills the Keeper during his rescue mission, but her death awakens all the others from hibernation. Soon, hive ships appear all over the galaxy, exacting a devastating toll on the Pegasus human population. In "", the Hoffan drug is introduced as a means to make humans poisonous to the Wraith, albeit with an extremely high mortality rate. At the end of season 1, it becomes apparent that the ultimate goal of the Wraith is Atlantis, which contains the only Pegasus Stargate capable of connecting to Earth as well as intergalactic hyperdrive technology. Atlantis destroys the first three hive ships with help from Earth reinforcements and the , but another twelve hive ships soon follow. The Atlantis team manages to fool the Wraith into believing that they have enacted the city's self-destruct, by converting the city's shield into a cloaking device and using a judiciously timed nuclear explosion.

Nourishment for the adult Wraith is the human "life force". Humans or very similar beings (e.g., or other Wraith) are the only food source that can properly nourish a Wraith, although they are capable of cannibalism. It is also unknown whether or not the Wraith require fluids (e.g., water), to facilitate other bodily functions. The exact science(if there is one) of the life-force drain is not described, although it is portrayed as a materialistic process. This drain is depicted as though it could be likened to the sipping of a drink through a straw. The Wraith can drain their victims slowly in order to torture and obtain information, or just to perform an act of sadism. As the victim is drained of life, the victim experiences pain and appears to age rapidly. This is not actual physical aging, but a by-product of the feeding process.

The Wraith is a neutral in . The Wraith only had prior to patch .

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current02:59, 13 June 2005396 × 350 (27 KB)Joe Beaudoin Jr. (talk | contribs)Steve, the first Wraith captured by the Atlantis Expedition in "Suspicion (Stargate Atlantis)". {{film-screenshot}}

The Wraith cocoon their prey for later feeding

Nourishment for the adult Wraith is the human "life force". Humans or very similar beings (e.g., or other Wraith) are the only food source that can properly nourish a Wraith, although they are capable of cannibalism. It is also unknown whether or not the Wraith require fluids (e.g., water), to facilitate other bodily functions. The exact science(if there is one) of the life-force drain is not described, although it is portrayed as a materialistic process. This drain is depicted as though it could be likened to the sipping of a drink through a straw. The Wraith can drain their victims slowly in order to torture and obtain information, or just to perform an act of sadism. As the victim is drained of life, the victim experiences pain and appears to age rapidly. This is not actual physical aging, but a by-product of the feeding process.

All attempts at reusing the virus failed and forced a level of cooperation between the Wraith and the Atlantis Expedition. The Wraith known as worked to assemble a fleet of hive-ships that would accompany the Atlantis Expedition and the surprise addition of the in an assault against itself. This brought about the with the allied fleet emerging victorious over the Asurans. With the battle over, the temporary unification of the Wraith fractured once more, and the Wraith resumed their old posturing as they once again returned to civil war. []