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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 spiders with a unique venom that induces confusion rather than poison in its victims. They are thankfully fairly fragile, but often appear along with a group of other spider types. They can be found in the Spider's Nest.

Tips & Tricks

  • Poison resistance and willpower do nothing to stop their confusion effect, but clarity works like a charm, if you can get hold of it.
  • A potion of curing will cure confusion.
    • Followers of Elyvilon or Ru can cure confusion with Purification or Draw Out Power respectively.
  • 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.


  • Prior to 0.25, the player could summon tarantellas using a sack of spiders.
  • In 0.17, chunks from tarantella corpses became edible instead of poisonous.