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.
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.
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 Spike Shoes make this strategy much more viable, requiring only four 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.
- Giant Spiders will only collide against spikes with half of their body, even though they are "2 blocks long".
- Because of the game handling Giant Spiders' spawn as a single block, it's possible for the game to spawn half of them inside push blocks, which will cause the spider to slowly move towards the opposite side until they run out of ceiling.