Giant spiders, also known as monstrous spiders, were quite simply enormous versions of regular spiders. Existing in various types, there was no way to singularly describe their appearance; with various types ranging in size from that of a dog to a house. Giant versions of tarantulas existed, as did black widows, spitters, spinners, and all manner of others. Their appearances, habits, and environments all varied greatly. Goblins were known to employ them as mounts.
Giant spiders could attack in a variety of ways, typically whatever way their normal counterparts could. Some spun huge webs that prey easily stumbled into, while others spat a deadly poison. Some were capable of walking on ceilings, while others were not. Despite the differences between the types of giant spiders, all were formidable opponents and certainly not foes for any arachnophobes to face.
Giant spiders' viscera was iridescent gold and purple in color. If it came in contact with a humanoid's skin, it had a burning and irritating effect, leaving skin enflamed with red splotches, however, it was mostly harmless.
- Ice - A giant ice spider had snow-white fur and red eyes. They had a natural resistance to cold-based attacks and weaved liquid webs that quickly solidified due to their environment.
- Gaze - A giant spider that attacked with a paralyzing gaze.
- Pet of Kalistes - A very intelligent and exceptionally powerful giant spider created by the marilith Kalistes.
- Dungeon #14: "Masqueraider" • Dungeon #29: "Nymph's Reward" • Pool of Radiance: Attack on Myth Drannor
- The Ring of Winter • Swords of Eveningstar
- Video Games
- Gateway to the Savage Frontier • Descent to Undermountain • Baldur's Gate • Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn • Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone • Neverwinter • Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms • Neverwinter Nights: Darkness over Daggerford • Baldur's Gate III
- Card Games
- AD&D Trading Cards
- Giant Spider article at the Baldur's Gate Wiki, a wiki for the Baldur's Gate games.
- Giant spider article at the NWNWiki, a wiki for the Neverwinter Nights games.
- Giant spider article at Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
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Magical spiders: Bloodsilk spider • Electric spider • Glass spider • Gaze spider • Goblin spider • Pet of Kalistes • Spellgaunt • Steeder
Planar spiders: Demonweb terror • Fire spider • Myrlochar • Phase spider • Tomb spider • Vortex spider
Constructs: Arachnar • Bone spider • Jade spider • Retriever • Spiderwalker • Stone spider
Creations of Lolth: Abyssal widow • Chwidencha • Drider (Vampire) • Shunned
Outsiders: Bebilith • Darkweaver • Greelox • Inferno spider • Yochlol
Humanoids: Aranea • Chitine • Choldrith • Ettercap • Werespider
Miscellaneous: Kitthix • Neogi • Rhylfang • Susurrus
Undead spiders: Wraith spider