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

redback sRedback.png
HP 17-36
HD 9
XP 220
Speed 15
AC 2
EV 12
Will 20
Attack1 18 (bite: strong poison)

Resistances None
Vulnerabilities Poison
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Tiny
Type spider, redback
Flags No skeleton
Web immune
A vicious black spider with a splash of red on its swollen abdomen. Its mandibles drip with lethal poison.

Useful Info

Redbacks are wickedly venomous arachnids, capable of sending you from healthy to severely poisoned in a single bite. Poison resistance is only partially effective against their bites, reducing the poison effect but not negating it entirely. They are thankfully fairly fragile, but move very quickly and can deal decent damage with their bites even if you resist the poison. They can be found in the Spider's Nest.

Tips & Tricks

  • Redbacks make it extremely easy to wind up in the dark red poisoned status. If you insist on exploring the Spider's Nest without poison resistance, bring potions of curing and try to shoot them down from a distance.


Prior to 0.11, redback venom was almost completely negated by poison resistance.