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"Big Spider"
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Code name
Food Pips

3 Food pip.png Hunter head.png

DLC icon.png3 Food pip.png Artificer head.png

DLC icon.png1.5 Food pip.png Gourmand head.png

DLC icon.png1 Food pip.png Spearmaster head.png


Slugcat head.png: Shaded Citadel, Subterranean

Hunter head.png: Chimney Canopy, Farm Arrays

Downpour Regions

Slugcat head.png: Chimney Canopy, Subterranean

Monk head.pngSurvivor head.png: Outer Expanse

Hunter head.png: The Exterior

Gourmand head.png: Shaded Citadel, Outer Expanse

Artificer head.png: Garbage Wastes, Shaded Citadel, The Exterior, Farm Arrays

Rivulet head.png: Garbage Wastes, Shaded Citadel, Farm Arrays

Spearmaster head.png: Garbage Wastes, Shaded Citadel, The Exterior, Farm Arrays, Looks to the Moon (region)

Saint head.png: Pipeyard, Silent Construct

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Big Spiders, sometimes known as Wolf Spiders or Porcupine Spiders, are large, spider-like creatures with many legs, retractable fangs, and spiny protrusions on their backs. They are aggressive and make lunges to catch their prey. They can climb any foreground surface, but nothing on the background.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Big Spiders resemble arachnids with black bodies, six legs, and numerous flexible spines protruding from their bodies. The two fangs and the longest spines of the Big Spider fade into a green-yellow coloration that becomes black in total darkness, which may lead to confusion between them and Spitter Spider icon.png Spitter Spiders or groups of Coalescipede icon.png Coalescipedes.

A Big Spider grabbing the player at close range before jumping away.

Abilities & Behavior[edit | edit source]

Big Spiders' aggression depends on difficulty, usually ignoring the Monk head.png Monk completely, and are more likely to avoid direct confrontation with Slugcat head.png Slugcat if they are carrying a Spear icon.png Spear or Lantern icon.png Lantern. They rarely approach on the ground unless pursuing, preferring to crawl above on ceilings and walls, actively avoiding direct lines of sight, then dropping and lunging. It is possible to anticipate a Big Spider's attack, as their lunge has a windup that makes a rustling sound and their fangs display when actively hunting. A single bite from a Big Spider instantly kills its prey. Multiple Big Spiders may hunt as a pack and can grab and slow down Slugcat upon contact, giving other spiders a slower target to aim at.

A Big Spider reviving the corpse of another Big Spider.

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Default relationship Rwtooltip.pngIgnores (0)
Wants to eatLantern Mouse icon.png Lantern Mouse (0.8)  •  Blue Lizard icon.png Blue Lizard (0.5)  •  Scavenger icon.png Scavenger (0.45)  •  Slugcat head.png Slugcat (0.4)  •  Centiwing icon.png Centiwing (0.4)  •  Squidcada icon.png Squidcada (0.4)  •  Adult Noodlefly icon.png Noodlefly (Adult) (0.3)  •  Lizards icon.png Lizards (0.3)  •  Dropwig icon.png Dropwig (0.25)  •  Infant Centipede icon.png Centipede (Infant) (0.2)  •  Infant Noodlefly icon.png Noodlefly (Infant) (0.15)  •  Centipedes icon.png Centipedes (0.11)  •  Hazer icon.png Hazer (0.1)  •  Vulture Grub icon.png Vulture Grub (0.1)
Afraid ofLeviathan icon.png Leviathan (1)  •  Vulture icon.png Vulture (King Vulture icon.png King Vulture) (1)  •  Miros Bird icon.png Miros Bird (0.9)  •  Red Centipede icon.png Red Centipede (0.8)  •  Monster Kelp icon.png Monster Kelp (0.6)  •  Green Lizard icon.png Green Lizard (0.4)  •  Red Lizard icon.png Red Lizard (0.4)  •  Pole Plant icon.png Pole Plant (0.3)

Revival[edit | edit source]

A Big Spider actively trying to hunt the Slugcat.

If not actively pursuing Slugcat, Big Spiders approach and 'bite' other Big Spider corpses, temporarily reviving them. After a short amount of time, roughly 20 seconds, revived spiders twitch and die again, though they may be re-revived. Revived spiders seek to return to their dens to heal for future cycles. Big Spiders can also revive Spitter Spiders, which takes slightly longer. Depending on how they were killed, other Big Spiders may take more time to revive their fallen brethren. Big Spiders cannot be revived if killed by Spore Puff icon.png Spore Puffs or Flashbang icon.png Flashbangs, if drowned, if their health is below -8, or if fully eaten by the Hunter head.png Hunter.

Evasion[edit | edit source]

Big Spiders are adept at jumping to avoid Spears, so the best time to throw one is during the Big Spider's pre-lunge windup. Big Spiders can move quickly in tunnels, so staying in the open while near them is advised. Jumping over lunges is a good way to survive in close quarters. Corpses of prey or even other Big Spiders can also be used to lure them away. Being grabbed by a Big Spider does not stun or kill Slugcat (unlike their lunges), but it slows them down and allows other spiders to catch up and attack more effectively.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Big Spiders were added in the 1.5 update.
  • Big Spiders, like Spitter Spiders, slowly regenerate health over time.
  • Their fangs are completely visible when bared even in complete darkness, making it easier to know when they are about to strike.
  • Like other Slugcat-sized creatures, Big Spiders' corpses can boost the player's speed in tunnels when held.