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

Arachne HArachne.png
HP 134-272
HD 17
XP 3635
Speed 15
AC 3
EV 10
MR 60
Attack1 30 (hit: plain)

Type of Meat Clean
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 sense
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. 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 Repel Missiles/Deflect Missiles to keep yourself from being disabled for half the fight.
  • The combination of ranged webbing and constant blinking makes her harder to pin down in melee than 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.
  • Thanks to her staff she has poison resistance, unlike most monsters found in the Spider's Nest.


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 was added in 0.11.