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Giant Spiders are large enemies which take ten normal hits to die, but can be dispatched easily by throwing a bomb into the webs underneath them while they're lying in wait.

They are guaranteed to drop Bomb Paste and jewels when killed.

Behavior

Giant Spiders are always generated hanging from the ceiling, with two web blocks directly beneath them. Like their smaller cousins, they will only drop down to attack you if you pass directly underneath them or if they take damage.

Once they fall from the ceiling, they are free to pursue nearby Spelunkers. Unlike regular Spiders, they are capable of crawling along the ground without jumping. They retain the ability to jump, much like their smaller brethren. They will also shoot sticky balls of web at random, which create web tiles where they land. Giant Spiders are not slowed by web, allowing them to quickly kill stuck prey.

Strategy

The best method of killing a Giant Spider is to throw a bomb into its web while it's lying in wait, as the explosion will kill the Spider instantly. The best way to do this is by throwing upward diagonally from below, as throwing horizontally from the Spider's level has a tendency to hit the Spider.

Be careful, however; if you do miss and hit the Spider, it will be alerted to your presence and begin to chase you. In this case, the bomb will usually fail to kill the Spider as it drops down from the ceiling out of the blast zone.

If you are able to get up on the same level as a Giant Spider, a shotgun will usually make short work of it if you have one. Alternatively you can attempt to chain-jump on a spider if it is already hunting you, but you will need to bounce on it many times before it dies, and it can be difficult to get on top of it due to its size and erratic jumping patterns. The Spike Shoes make this strategy much more viable, requiring far fewer stomps to kill a Spider.

If you cannot safely dispatch a spider, it is recommended to run to somewhere it cannot reach you, for example by dropping through a single-tile-wide hole. Because of how their movement is programmed, if stuck in between a 2 width cavern, that it cannot jump out of, the spider will be stuck unable to damage the player, or perform it's web ability. This allows it to be repeatedly stomped on until defeated.

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Giant Spiders are large enemies which take ten normal hits to die, but can be dispatched easily by throwing a bomb into the webs underneath them while they're lying in wait.

A large number of Giant Spiders spawn in close proximity on Spider's Lair level feelings.

They are guaranteed to drop Bomb Paste and jewels when killed.

Behaviour

Giant Spiders are always generated hanging from the ceiling, with two web blocks directly beneath them. Like their smaller cousins, they will only drop down to attack you if you pass directly underneath them or if they take damage.

Unlike regular spiders, they are capable of crawling along the ground without jumping. They will also shoot web around the cave at random, but are capable of moving through it without hindrance.

When the spider is crawling, it will immediately switch directions upon being hit.

Strategy

The best method of killing a Giant Spider is to throw a bomb into its web while it's lying in wait, as the explosion will kill the Spider instantly.

Be careful, however; if you miss and hit the spider instead, it will be alerted to your presence and begin to chase you. In this case, the bomb will usually miss as the Spider drops down from the ceiling out of the blast zone.

If you are able to get up on the same level as a Giant Spider, a shotgun will usually make short work of it if you have one. Alternatively you can attempt to chain-jump on a spider if it is already hunting you, but you will need to bounce on it ten times before it dies, and it can be difficult to get on top of it due to its size and erratic jumping patterns.

The spiders size can also be used to the players advantage. If the player places themselves into a ditch the spider can't reach, because it isn't two tiles wide, the players whip can still hit it. The whip hits slightly above the players head and tile, so if the spider is above the player, but cannot reach them due to their size, it can be whipped to death this way.

The spiders movement pattern can also be take advantage of. Because it switches directions upon taking damage while crawling, if the player can begin stomping the spider, while half it's body is stuck beneath a 1 tile high corridor, they will be stuck constantly moving back and forth so long as the player continues to stomp on them. The Spike Shoes make this strategy much more viable, requiring only four stomps to kill a Spider.

If you can manage to get the Giant Spider close to a Golden Idol, you can sometimes grab the idol and let the resulting boulder crush it.

If you cannot safely dispatch a spider, it is recommended to run to somewhere it cannot reach you, for example by dropping through a single-tile-wide hole.

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An easy way to dispatch giant spiders is to throw a bomb into their web without moving directly underneath them.

Giant Spiders are a type of enemy found only in the Mines. They're more dangerous than their diminutive cousins.

Behavior

Giant Spiders are always generated hanging from the ceiling, with two webs directly beneath them. Like their cousins, the spiders, they will only drop down to attack you if you pass directly underneath them, either of the blocks they are hanging from are destroyed, or if they take damage (such as by being hit by an object). Like their cousins, they can jump around the level, however they can also skuttle sideways if they wish.
Once aggravated they will also shoot web around the cave at random.

Strategy

Spiders are dangerous, but are also relatively easy to dispatch:

  • A direct hit with a shotgun will kill the giant spider immediately. The giant spider will not become aggressive if approached from the side, allowing a Spelunker to carefully line up a direct shot.
  • A bomb thrown into the giant spider's web will not aggravate it, but will lodge there and blow it up. 

Other more risky strategies are:

  • If you happen to be on a floor (of 1 block thickness) above the spider, placing a bomb on the floor might kill it, however sometimes this only detaches and aggravates the Giant Spider.
  • If you can manage to get the Giant Spider close to an idol, you can sometimes grab the idol and let the resulting boulder crush it.
  • The pistol and bow are also capable of killing the Giant Spider, but will take multiple hits to do so (specifically for the pistol: 3 direct shots can kill).
  • Whipping and/or jumping on a Giant Spider is not recommended, as you will most likely die long before it does: when the spider crouches, you will fall through it instead of jumping on it, suffering damage in the process. However, it appears that killing a Giant Spider through whipping or jumping will result in a larger drop of gems.
  • Jump on top of the Giant Spider right before it jumps. As the Giant Spider jumps you'll score multiple hits.
  • Having a Giant Spider chase you until you find a rectangular floating block with a small tunnel beneath it, with a one block wide hole going vertically going up on both sides. Dive into one hole, (preferably with a weapon that you can throw and can do multiple hits on, such as a stone) lead the Giant Spider to the other hole, and ricochet the object up the hole, hitting the spider until it dies (being careful not to hit yourself with the weapon) and boom, one dead Giant Spider.
  • 'I have you now!'

    If you can lure a giant spider into a one-tile-high passage, it is relatively easy to kill it with the whip. There, its movement is more slow and predictable since it cannot jump, and it can be hit repeatedly with the backswing of the whip. Since each swing inflicts multiple hits, three or four swings will kill it. The challenger must, however, be careful not to let the spider catch up with them. In this picture, the spider cannot jump out of the left end of the passage, but the spelunker can, giving them a further advantage.

If you cannot safely dispatch an aggravated spider, it is recommended to run away. Due to the its large size the giant spider cannot pursue you if you drop through a 1 space wide hole. Alternatively, run until the spider enters the frozen region.

Loot

Giant spiders will drop a few gems when killed. Additionally, they will drop a tub of bomb paste. Killing the giant spider with an explosive may cause the bomb paste to fly off in an unpredictable direction.

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