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

tarantella sTarantella.png
HP 18-38
HD 8
XP 215
Speed 15
AC 3
EV 14
MR 20
Attack1 19 (bite: confuse)

Type of Meat Clean
Resistances None
Vulnerabilities Poison
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Small
Type spider, tarantella
Flags Web sense
No skeleton
Web sense
A small but greatly-feared spider whose attacks cause 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 does nothing to stop their confusion effect, but clarity works like a charm.
  • Remember that moving around while confused can lead to a lethal dunk into deep water. Quaff a potion of curing before trying anything stupid.
  • 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.


In 0.17 chunks from tarantella corpse became edible instead of poisonous.