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The Spider Queen is an aggressive Boss Monster added to the game in the Long Live the Queen update. She has 1250 health (2500 in Don't Starve Together icon) and attacks by biting and stabbing with her sharp claws, doing 80 damage with each attack.

Brain Behavior[]

The Spider Queen spawns from overgrown tier 3 Spider Dens when the player or other mobs wander close by. After spawning, she will give birth to Spiders every 20 seconds, and if the queen has a combat target, a third of these will be Spider Warriors. A Queen can have a maximum of 16 spiders following her. These spiders are automatically aggressive towards the player, but will retreat back to the Queen if the player gains enough distance away from them.

When a Spider Queen spawns, her Tier 3 den is replaced with a Tier 1 Den, unless there are 4 or more dens/queens within 60m. This tier 1 den grows into a tier 2 den in 60 seconds. The new den can eventually grow into a tier 3 den to spawn another Queen. The Queen will plant herself as a tier 1 den after wandering for 1.5 game days as long as she finds a free space with a radius of 3m that is 20m away from other dens/queens.

Webber will not be attacked by a Queen or her Spiders, unless he attacks first.

A Spider Queen is not nocturnal like other spiders, and will fall asleep at night if not engaged in combat.

Spider Queens (and the spiders spawned by them) are hostile towards Chester, even if Webber is carrying the Eye Bone.

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The Spider Queen will give birth to Spiders twice as fast, doing so every 10 seconds. If the Spider Queen has a combat target, she has a 22.5% chance to spawn Nurse Spiders, 22.5% chance to spawn Spider Warrior, 55% chance to spawn normal spider.

Spider Queen spawning from tier 3 dens can be accelerated by haunting the den. There is 10% chance of a haunt causing tier 3 den to become Spider Queen.

Spear Strategy[]


Kiting is a process wherein a monster's attack is dodged, and then the monster is hit immediately after, but before the monster can attack again. The Spider Queen attacks relatively quickly, but she is slow, so it is possible to attack her in the pauses between attacks. The recently birthed Spiders/Spider Warriors should be always killed first before attempting to attack the Queen again. As always, good armor and weapons help a lot. If fighting without armor, having a couple of Traps set around to kill the spawned spiders is a good idea. However, the Spider Queen can drain the Character's sanity (unless they are Webber or Walter) completely within thirty seconds (200 sanity), so it is advisable to keep the distance somewhat. Sanity-restoring items such as Taffy and Cooked Green Caps can be brought to counter the sanity drain.


The Spider Queen can be lured to a Pig Village to let the Pigs attack her. Due to the kiting combat behavior of Pigs, the Queen and her spawned spiders have trouble hitting them. As long as the spiders she hatches are kept away from the Pigs, they should kill her quite quickly. This method also can prevent serious sanity drain.


If there happens to be a Swamp nearby, the Spider Queen can be lured to the swamp and over the Tentacles as they attack most mobs that pass by. About 3-5 killed Tentacles could be killed in this process.


If there is a herd of Beefalos in heat nearby, the Spider Queen can be lured close enough to them for at least one Beefalo to target her, the whole herd will eventually join in on the Queen. The Beefalos will not eat the meat dropped like pigs do. However, due to the fact that Beefalos don't use a kite method of attack like pigs, the Queen will stand her ground and be able to kill at least 3-4 Beefalos single-handedly. Wearing a Beefalo Hat will allow the player to retrieve the drops without being attacked in the process.


If the player has a Spiderhat, it is possible to gather spider allies from Spider Dens and order them to attack the Queen. This is very useful for when on low health. If playing as the character Webber, all the player must do is simply tame spiders with meat instead.


The Spider Queen can be lured to a Killer Bee Hive, as Killer Bees have the same kiting technique as Pigs do. When a Killer Bee attacks the Queen, and she strikes back, all nearby bees will become aggressive to the Queen, including normal Bees. Bees can also be captured using a Bug Net and released near the Queen. Bee Mines are another option to ensure that the bees will attack her, though they are more costly to craft than the net.


If there is a Lureplant that has produced a meat lure or a Leafy Meat, it is possible to have the Spider Queen follow the player and, if any, her Spiders and Spider Warriors toward the Lureplant. The Lureplant's many Eyeplants will attack any of the spiders, including the Spider Queen, that come within their range of attack. Because Eyeplants are able to respawn, they will pop up elsewhere and be able to continue attacking as long as spiders are within their radius. Also, since the Lureplant itself is not capable of attacking or defending itself, it won't be seen as a threat, and will not be attacked. Eyeplants will continue to reappear when destroyed, until the Spider Queen dies and no spiders are left. Once the Spider Queen is killed by the Lureplant, the player must destroy it in order to obtain all the items that the Spider Queen has dropped upon death (if those were consumed by Eyeplants).

Blow Darts[]

This is the easiest way to defeat the Spider Queen. Make 13 Blow Darts (25 in Don't Starve Together icon) and shoot the Spider Queen as fast as possible, without letting her or her spiders catch up.

Pan Flute[]

The Pan Flute can be used to put the Spider Queen and her Spiders to sleep. The queen will remain asleep if the player attacks the spiders around her. With the Pan Flute's 10 uses providing intermittent chances to clear all of the queen's spider spawns, it is far easier to engage the queen one on one.


The Spider Queen can be easily killed by freezing her with an Ice Staff, placing 5 Gunpowder near her, lighting it on fire, and then finishing her off with a Spear. However, if she is killed with 6 Gunpowder or more (12 or more in Don't Starve Together icon), all she will drop is Ashes and Cooked Monster Meat, since she took fire damage after the explosion, and thus, died by fire.

Number of Hits[]

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

Number of Hits
Item Spider Queen Spider Queen Don't Starve Together icon
Old Bell Reign of Giants icon 2 - 0 0
Obsidian Coconade Shipwrecked icon 4 - 0 0
Coconade Shipwrecked icon Hamlet icon 5 - 0 0
Spear Gun Obsidian Shipwrecked icon 7 - 9 Charged - 0 - 0 Charged 0 - 0 Charged
Harpoon Shipwrecked icon
Blunderbuss Hamlet icon
7 13 0 0
Bee Mine ≥8 ≥16 ≥0 ≥0
Spear Gun Battle Shipwrecked icon 8 as Wigfrid Portrait - 0 as Wigfrid Portrait 0 as Wigfrid Portrait
Alarming Clock Don't Starve Together icon (Wanda Portrait) - 18 (elderly)
26 (middle-aged)
31 (young)
92 (unfueled)}}
0 0
Spear Gun Spear Spear Gun Poison Shipwrecked icon 13 - 0 0
Obsidian Spear Shipwrecked icon 13 - 25 - 0 - 0 0 - 0
Blow Dart 13 25 0 0
Electric Dart Don't Starve Together icon - 28 (17 Wettargetdamage) 0 (0 Wettargetdamage) 0 (0 Wettargetdamage)
Brightshade Sword Don't Starve Together icon - 37 0 0
Dark Sword
Glass Cutter Don't Starve Together icon
19 37 0 0
Cutlass Supreme Shipwrecked iconHamlet icon 19 - 0 0
Tooth Trap 21 42 0 0
Pew-matic Horn Hamlet icon 37, 28 or 21 - 0, 0 or 0 0, 0 or 0
Elding Spear Don't Starve Together icon - 43 (29 Wettargetdamage) 0 (0 Wettargetdamage) 0 (0 Wettargetdamage)
Thulecite Club 22 43 0 0
Ham Bat 22 - 43 43 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0
Obsidian Axe Shipwrecked icon 23 - 46 - Charged - 0 - 0 - Charged 0 - 0 - Charged
Tentacle Spike
Cork Bat Hamlet icon
Shield of Terror Battle Paddle Cursed Rounds MarblesDon't Starve Together icon
25 50 0 0
Slurtle Slime 25 50 0 0
Halberd Hamlet icon 29 - 0 0
Morning Star Reign of Giants iconDon't Starve Together icon 29 (18 Wettargetdamage) 58 (35 Wettargetdamage) 0 (0 Wettargetdamage) 0 (0 Wettargetdamage)
Bat Bat
Battle Spear Reign of Giants iconDon't Starve Together icon
30 59 0 0
Bramble Trap Hamlet icon Don't Starve Together icon 32 63 0 0
Poison Spear Peg LegShipwrecked icon
Fencing Sword Moon Glass Axe Gold Rounds Don't Starve Together icon
37 74 0 0
Trident Shipwrecked icon 37 (13 on Toy Boat) - 0 (0 Toy Boat) 0 (0 Toy Boat)
PickSlashAxe 41 82 0 0
Machete Shipwrecked icon Hamlet icon 42 - 0 0
Strident Trident Don't Starve Together icon - 74 (25 on Boat) 0 (13 on Boat) 0 (13 on Boat)
Boomerang Axe Pickaxe Brush
Gold Pan Hamlet icon
Cutless Tail o' Three Cats Malbatross Bill Bull Kelp Stalk Don't Starve Together icon
46 92 0 0
Stalking Stick Hamlet icon 62 - 0 0
Eyeshot Shipwrecked icon 63 - 0 0
Saddlehorn Hammer Pitchfork Shovel Walking Cane Willow's Lighter Torch
Telebrella Don't Starve icon
Shears Executive HammerHamlet icon
Cactus Spike Shipwrecked icon
Whirly Fan Driftwood Oar Oar Slow-Down Rounds Pebbles Don't Starve Together icon
74 148 0 0
Lucy the Axe 92 184 0 0
Bug Net Fishing Rod
Magnifying Glass Hamlet icon
295 589 0 0

It takes 3 blasts to freeze a Spider Queen with an Ice Staff and 4 Sleep Darts to put to sleep.

Prototype Tips[]

  • Spider Queens will not aggro if spiders around them are attacked. This allows players to draw their attention and isolate the queen for a one on one fight if they can get the spiders to aggro without getting too close to the queen.
  • When playing as Webber in the Hamlet DLC, the Spider Queen is the best way to spread Spider Dens around the map, by letting the initial den from his Spider Eggs grow, and waiting for her to create another den in the map, this allows safer harvesting of Silk and Spider Glands rather than dealing with the more powerful Spider Monkeys, which are hostile towards Webber.

Placeholder Trivia[]

  • Real world spiders have eight legs, but the spider queen only has six. This is a trend with all of the variations of Spiders in Don't Starve. same with their eyes, unlike the real ones, only normal and warriors have 8 eyes, the others usually have less or more in one case
  • In real life, there are few species of social spiders, none of which have a queen. The queens seen in Don't Starve are similar to queen bees, ants, and even termites.
  • As a giant female spider, the Spider Queen is similar in appearance to Shelob from the Lord of the Rings books.
  • Spiders in her entourage will seem to 'cower' before her, with their legs raised and their faces fearful. This behavior also occurs when the player wears the Spiderhat, or befriends Spiders while playing as Webber.
  • Webber's quote may be a reference to the real world spider known as a Daddy Longlegs.

Mosquito Bugs[]

  • Fighting other mobs in the presence of a Spider Queen will cause "E.F.S." (the boss monster song) to play. As long as the player is not within her (and her spiders') aggro radius, the Spider Queen does not become aggressive to the player. This also applies to fighting near a Treeguard.
  • Sometimes, when the Spider Queen is killed as she plants herself, she'll drop loot but still will leave a den.
    • Sometimes, she'll also try to and often succeed in birthing a new spider before she fully disappears.
  • Sometimes, when the Den is destroyed with loot dropping, the Spider Queen will still spawn before the Den fully disappears.
  • If a Spider Queen emerges from a Spider Den that is too close to the ocean, it's possible for the Spider Queen to appear on the water, and not be able to get back on land.
  • If a Spider Queen is spawning a spider while frozen, she may be stuck in a loop of spawning the spider until she dies.

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