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Spider Staff

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Spider Staff
  • Spider Staff item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage26 Desktop, Console, and Mobile versions / 25 Old-gen console version (Summon)
Knockback3 (Very weak)
Use time36 (Very slow)
TooltipSummons spiders to fight for you
Rarity4*Rarity level: 4
Research1 required
Grants Buff
Buff tooltipThe spider will fight for you
Projectile created
  • Venom Spider
    Venom Spider
  • Jumper Spider
    Jumper Spider
  • Dangerous Spider
    Dangerous Spider
The Spider Staff in use.

The Spider Staff is a ground melee Hardmode summon weapon that spawns a spider character that follows the player and performs melee attacks by latching on to enemies. If enough of them attack the same enemy, it can be stun-locked. The spiders inflict the Venom debuff for 2-4 seconds, can climb background walls, and jump high. Like other minions, summoned spiders are invincible and follow the player for an unlimited amount of time, unless the player dies, summons a replacement minion, leaves the world, or cancels the buff.

Its best modifier is Ruthless. The Mythical modifier provides the widest array of stat bonuses, but these primarily affect the initial summon rather than the resulting minion. Additionally, minions cannot deal critical hits. The only lasting advantage a Mythical Spider Staff has over a Ruthless one is knockback.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Recipes[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Console VersionMobile version Unlike most minions, a spider only takes up .75 of 1 minion slot. Therefore, with 3 potential minions, 4 can be summoned, and with 6 potential minions, 8 can be summoned, etc. This can be especially useful if the player wants a larger pack of summons rather than a more powerful one.
    • Testing has shown that if there are only 3 whole slots available, only 3 spiders can be summoned. Attempting to summon a spider when there is only 0.75 of a slot available will fail. This means that, with the largest possible total minion count of 11, exactly 14 spiders can be summoned.
  • Due to the spider's ability to latch on to and stun-lock enemies, it can cause enemies to be immune to the player's attacks. This may prolong fights against enemies with higher health while the spider minions are in use. (Although some weapons can still hit enemies who are swarmed by spiders. One known example is the Sky Fracture)

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • The spider minion's ability to move freely on background walls makes it much more effective in areas with good wall coverage. It is otherwise limited to walking and jumping, it cannot fly (for the purposes of attacking), and it has no projectile attack, limiting its effectiveness against flying enemies.
  • The Spider Staff is easily acquired when first entering Hardmode, as most players will have already found a Spider Cave before it begins. Simply return there to kill the Black Recluses that begin spawning in Hardmode. Black Recluses hit hard and can take a while to defeat with pre-Hardmode equipment, but the effort is worth it.
  • The Spider Staff is the strongest summoning weapon before defeating Plantera. It has roughly triple the DPS of the Blade Staff and double the DPS of the Optic Staff. The Spider Staff however is very ineffective at fighting airborne enemies (i.e. can't hit Pixies without a wall) and fast-moving bosses, making it the inferior choice in certain situations, like fighting on a minecart.
  • Console VersionMobile version Although the game does not allow the player to summon 4 spiders while having 3 whole minion slots available. If the player summons more than 3 spiders through other means. (e.g. Bewitching Table) and then has their maximum minion slot count reduced back to 3, the player will keep 4 of their spiders as originally deserved.
  • If several spiders latch onto a single target that can receive knock-back, the target will often be carried away from the player, but in some cases can carry the enemy towards the player faster than the enemy itself could normally approach.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Each time the spider is summoned, it has a random one of three possible sprite graphics. The first resembles a black widow, the second is an unidentifiable purple spider, and the third resembles a Mexican red knee tarantula. They are all functionally identical.
  • This and the Queen Spider Staff are the only items that can inflict the Venom debuff before any Mechanical Bosses have been defeated.
  • The staff appears to be a four legged spider.
  • It is one of only four weapons in the game that can inflict Venom without any buffs or bonuses, the others being the Queen Spider Staff, the Pygmy Staff, and the Venom Staff.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop
    • Damage increased from 25 to 26.
    • Knockback increased from 2 to 3.
    • Each spider now counts as .75 of a minion.