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Version 0.31: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.

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

tarantella sTarantella.png
HP 18-38
HD 8
XP 214
Speed 15
AC 3
EV 14
Will 20
Attack1 19 (touch: confuse)

Resistances None
Vulnerabilities Poison
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Small
Type spider, tarantella
Flags No skeleton
Web immune
A small but greatly-feared spider whose bite causes victims to break into a frenzied dance.

Useful Info

Tarantellas are non-poisonous spiders that inflict confusion with their touch. They are thankfully fairly fragile, but often appear along with other spiders. They can be found in the Spider's Nest.

Tips & Tricks

  • Poison resistance, poison immunity, and willpower do nothing to stop their confusion effect. Other than not getting hit, only clarity can prevent the confusion.
  • A potion of curing will cure confusion. Elyvilon's Purification and Ru's Draw Out Power can also cure it.
  • They're vulnerable to poison themselves, so Mephitic Cloud can take them out of commission easily.
  • Tarantellas might be fragile, but they're fast and they hit about as hard as yaks, even without the added confusion. Be careful if you're fighting lots of spiders at once.


Note that these monsters aren't named "tarantulas"; instead, they are named after tarantellas, a type of Italian folk dance.


  • Prior to 0.17, chunks from tarantella corpses were poisonous.