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Cave Spiders are a Cave-dwelling type of Spider which have a shell-like carapace which they can close to hide and protect themselves from damage. They spawn from Spilagmites along with Spitters. They have one large red eye and a gaping maw with the shell making up their 'head'. Like the Spitter, Cave Spiders will emit low pitched roars, as opposed to the other spiders' high pitched gurgling growls.

Reign of Giants icon.png Reign of Giants[edit | edit source]

In the Reign of Giants DLC, Cave Spiders are neutral to and can be befriended with Meats by Webber.

Spear.png Hunting[edit | edit source]

Cave Spiders differ from other Spiders because of their shell-armor. After two hits, they will close up the shell which absorbs 75% of damage. After a few seconds, they will open their shell and begin to attack again, at which point they are vulnerable. These Spiders can be stunlocked while they are out of the shell and will stay inside as long as they are being attacked, which means they are relatively easy to kill with patience.

Cave Spiders will follow the character when wearing the Spiderhat. However, caution must be taken as the combination of the Spiderhat and multiple spider followers can drastically decrease Sanity, which can be difficult to manage since it is always considered Night underground. Also, it is important to watch the Spiderhat's durability level as the Cave Spiders and Spitters will become hostile when it runs out.

Below is the number of hits it takes with each weapon to kill Cave Spiders when playing with characters with a default damage modifier. The Weather Pain is not included due to the random nature of its projectile.

Weapon Fishing Rod.pngBug Net.png Lucy the Axe.png Shovel.png Pitchfork.png

Hammer.png Torch.png Umbrella.png

Walking Cane.png Willow's Lighter.png

Axe.png Pickaxe.png

Luxury Axe.png Opulent Pickaxe.png

Boomerang.png

PickSlashAxe.pngSpear.png

Fire Dart.png Fire Staff.png

Bat Bat.png Ham Bat.png Morning Star.png Tentacle Spike.png Battle Spear.png

Thulecite Club.png Dark Sword.png

Tooth Trap.png Slurtle Slime.png

Blow Dart.png Gunpowder.pngOld Bell.png
No. of hits for
Cave Spider.png
36 12 9 6 5 4 3-6 3 or 4 3 2 1

Prototype.png Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Be aware that Spilagmites will also spawn Spitters. Spilagmites can be mined to keep the spiders from respawning.
  • Wolfgang can easily kill Cave Spiders with 3 hits from a Spear or 2 hits from a Tentacle Spike or Dark Sword. Dealing with Cave Spiders (as well as many other enemies) as a Werebeaver means one bite does the same damage as a hit from a Tentacle Spike.
  • It is recommended that players equip a Miner Hat while fighting these creatures. It allows the player to see other mobs that might be attacking. Alternatively dropping one or more Lanterns in the area you're fighting is also effective, or better still aim to fight in an area that's already lit up naturally (e.g. by Light Flowers).
  • Bunnymen are hostile to Cave Spiders and other underground monsters. It is therefore useful to lure Cave Spiders into Bunnyman villages.
  • Cave Spiders will attack Rock Lobsters on sight, which will almost always end with a Cave Spider loss because an average Rock Lobster can easily kill a Cave Spider in few hits without much damage to itself.

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Mobs
Hostile Creatures BatiliskCave SpiderClockwork Bishop (Damaged) • Clockwork Rook (Damaged) • Clockwork Knight (Damaged) • Dangling Depth DwellerDepths WormEwecusFrogGuardian PigGhostShadow CreatureHound (RedBlue) • Killer BeeLureplantMacTuskMermMosquitoSpiderSpider WarriorSpitterTallbirdTentacle (Big TentacleBaby Tentacle) • Wee MacTusk
(VargBirchnutterPoison Birchnut Tree Reign of Giants icon.png) (Crocodog (BlueYellow) • DragoonFloaty Boaty KnightFlupPirate GhostPoison MosquitoSnakePoison SnakeSea HoundSpider Warrior (Venomous)Stink RaySwordfishWhite Whale Shipwrecked icon.png) (Ancient SpiritGiant GrubGnat SwarmHanging VineIron HulkMantMasked PigPoison DartfrogScorpionSnaptoothSpider MonkeyVampire BatViperWeevole Hamlet icon.png) (Clay HoundClay VargCookie CutterGem DeerGrumble BeeHorror HoundLavaeMoonrock PengullShadow PiecesShattered SpiderRockjawNaked Mole BatAncient Sentrypede Don't Starve Together icon.png)
Boss Monsters Ancient GuardianDeerclopsSpider QueenTreeguard
(BeargerDragonflyMoose/Goose Reign of Giants icon.png) (QuackenSealnadoTiger Shark Shipwrecked icon.png) (Palm Treeguard Shipwrecked icon.pngHamlet icon.png) (Ancient HeraldLarge Iron HulkQueen WomantPugalisk Hamlet icon.png) (Bee QueenKlausMalbatrossReanimated SkeletonToadstoolLord of the Fruit Flies Don't Starve Together icon.png)
Neutral Animals BeeBeefaloBunnyman (Beardlord) • KoalefantKrampusPengullPig (Werepig) • Rock LobsterSnurtleSlurtleSmallish TallbirdSplumonkey
(BuzzardCatcoonMoslingVolt Goat Reign of Giants icon.png) (Blue WhaleBottlenose BallphinPrime ApeWater BeefaloWildbore Shipwrecked icon.png) (Elder MandrakeHippopotamooseMantPikoPlatapinePog Hamlet icon.png) (GnarwailSaladmanderSkittersquidSea WeedMush Gnome Don't Starve Together icon.png)
Passive Animals Baby BeefaloButterflyChesterCrowGobblerMandrakeRabbit (Beardling) • RedbirdSmallbirdSnowbird
(GlommerMoleworm Reign of Giants icon.png) (CormorantCrabbit (Beardling) • DogfishDoydoyFishermermJellyfishPackim BaggimsParrot PirateRainbow JellyfishSeagullSealSharkittenWobster Shipwrecked icon.png) (ParrotToucan Shipwrecked icon.pngHamlet icon.png) (Dung BeetleKingfisherPangoldenParrot (Blue)PeagawkPigeonRo BinThunderbird Hamlet icon.png) (CanaryCarratExtra-Adorable LavaeGrass GekkoHutchMoon MothNo-Eyed DeerPuffinWoven Shadow Don't Starve Together icon.png)
Traders Pig King
(Yaarctopus Shipwrecked icon.png) (BankerBeauticianCollectorEruditeFarmerFloristHatmakerHunterMinerMayor TrufflestonPig QueenProfessorShopkeepUsherWorker Hamlet icon.png) (Antlion Don't Starve Together icon.png)
Other AbigailCharlieMaxwell
(BFBMaxameleon Hamlet icon.png) (BernieCrittersGestaltWoby Don't Starve Together icon.png)
The Forge Don't Starve Together icon.png Battlemaster PugnaBoarillaCrocommanderGrand Forge BoarriorInfernal SwineclopsMagma GolemPit PigRhinocebroScorpeonSnortoise
The Gorge Don't Starve Together icon.png BillyMumsyOld BeefaloPebble CrabPigeonPiptonSammySwamp PigSwamp Pig Elder
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