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For a list of all arthropods, see list of arthropods.

Arachne HArachne.png
HP 134-272
HD 17
XP 3608
Speed 15
AC 3
EV 10
Will 60
Attack1 30 (hit: plain)

Resistances None
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Weapons & armour
Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Natural
Size Large
Type spider, Arachne
Flags See invisible
Web immune
Once a talented human weaver, Arachne was cursed by being transformed into her present form: half-human, half-spider. Her sympathies now lie with the inhuman residents of her new home, and she's eager to dispose of any who would threaten them.

Useful Info

Arachne the Weaver is a unique half-spider caster who wields a staff of poison, with a small chance of upgrading to the staff of Olgreb. She blinks around her webbed domain in combat, and likes to ensnare you in her own webs while she and her spider allies heavily poison you.



Spell set I
Slot1 Ensnare Wizard flag
Slot2 Poison Arrow (3d24) Wizard flag
Slot3 Venom Bolt (3d21) Wizard flag
Slot4 Blink Wizard flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Her Conjurations can deal absurd amounts of damage, and her constant webbing will reduce your evasion to next to nothing. Bring poison resistance to make her significantly less deadly, and a source of RMsl can keep you from being disabled for half the fight.
  • The combination of ranged webbing and constant blinking makes her harder to pin down in melee than practically anything else you'll encounter. Melee brutes should try to engage her quickly while heavily buffed, be prepared to teleport away if things start going wrong, and may want to consider avoiding her until they have a powerful ranged attack option to finish her off with.
  • If you brought a wand of paralysis, you can pin Arachne down long enough to kill her. A scroll of vulnerability will help guarantee success, but is probably unnecessary if you have at least some skill in Evocations; Arachne's willpower isn't insurmountable. Other enchantments such as Confusing Touch or Petrify can work equally well.
  • Unlike most monsters found in the Spider's Nest, Arachne has poison resistance thanks to her staff.


According to Greek mythology, Arachne was a mortal weaver whose arrogant pride in her weaving ability caused her to be punished by becoming the first spider.


  • Arachne gained access to the staff of Olgreb as of 0.14.
  • Arachne was added in 0.11.