Cave Spider

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For the mob in Minecraft Dungeons, see MCD:Cave Spider.
Cave Spider
Cave Spider.png
Health points

12♥ × 6

Behavior

Hostile (in light levels 7 or less)
Neutral (in light levels 8 or more)

Attack strength

Easy: 2♥
Normal: 2♥
Hard: 3♥♥
Venom:
1♥ per 1.25 sec
Normal: Poison for 7 sec (♥♥)
Hard: Poison for 15 sec (♥♥♥♥♥)

Hitbox size

Height: 0.5 Blocks
Width: 0.7 Blocks

Spawn

mineshafts

Cave spiders are small, venomous variants of spiders that live in mineshafts.

Spawning[edit]

Spawners[edit]

Cave spiders spawn from spawners in mineshafts at a light level of 7 or less. They are surrounded by cobwebs in corridors.

Drops[edit]

When killed, a cave spider drops

  • 0–2 String. The maximum is increased by 1 per level of Looting, for a maximum of 0-5 string with Looting III.
  • 5 when killed by a player or tamed wolf.

They also have a 13 chance of dropping a Spider Eye when killed by a player or tamed wolf. The maximum amount of spider eyes is increased by 1 per level of Looting. The chance of a cave spider not dropping any spider eyes can be found using the formula 2 / (Looting Level + 3). For example, Looting III gives a 13 chance of not dropping any spider eyes. All other amounts have an equal chance of occurring.

Behavior[edit]

Cave spiders inherit their behavior from spiders:

  • Neutral if under daylight or in light levels of 9 or above before seeing player, otherwise they are hostile. Once they become hostile, light does not affect them.
  • Climb walls when needed.
  • Attack by leaping.
  • Are unaffected by cobwebs and poison.
  • Can spawn spider jockeys.‌[BE only]

They have some distinctions from regular spiders:

  • Can fit through a space that is one block wide and 12 block tall.
  • Can go through the spaces between two different types of (unconnected) fences.
  • Cannot spawn with status effects.

Being arthropods, they are weak against weapons with the Bane of Arthropods enchantment.

Poison[edit]

On normal or hard, cave spiders inflict Poison upon attacking.[1] On normal difficulty, the poison lasts for 7 seconds and causes 4♥♥ damage. On hard difficulty, it lasts for 15 seconds and causes 10♥♥♥♥♥. Poison damage is not taken when the player's health is at 1♥.

Sounds[edit]

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Spider hisses[sound 1]Hostile CreaturesRandomlyentity.spider.ambient[sound 1]subtitles.entity.spider.ambient[sound 1]1.00.8 - 1.216
Spider dies[sound 1]Hostile CreaturesWhen a cave spider diesentity.spider.death[sound 1]subtitles.entity.spider.death[sound 1]1.00.8 - 1.216
Spider hurts[sound 1]Hostile CreaturesWhen a cave spider takes damageentity.spider.hurt[sound 1]subtitles.entity.spider.hurt[sound 1]1.00.8 - 1.216
FootstepsHostile CreaturesWhen a cave spider walksentity.spider.step[sound 1]subtitles.generic.block.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b c d e f g h i j The cave spider reuses all of the spider's sound events instead of having its own, resulting in these somewhat unintuitive subtitles - see MC-98316

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Cave Spidercave_spiderentity.minecraft.cave_spider

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Cave Spidercave_spider40entity.cave_spider.name

Entity data[edit]

See also: Chunk format

Cave spiders have entity data associated with them that contains various properties.

  • Entity data
    • Tags common to all entities
    • Tags common to all mobs

Achievements[edit]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS)
Monster Hunter.pngMonster HunterAttack and kill a monster.Kill a hostile mob or one of the following neutral mobs: an enderman, a zombified piglin, a spider, or a cave spider.15GBronze

Advancements[edit]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID
Advancement-plain-raw.pngAdventure
Adventure, exploration, and combat Kill any entity, or be killed by any entity.adventure/root
Advancement-plain-raw.pngMonster Hunter
Kill any hostile monster AdventureKill one of these 34 mobs: Other mobs, if any, may be killed, but are ignored for this advancement.adventure/kill_a_mob
Advancement-fancy-raw.pngMonsters Hunted
Kill one of every hostile monster Monster HunterKill each of these 34 mobs: Other mobs, if any, may be killed, but are ignored for this advancement.adventure/kill_all_mobs

History[edit]

Java Edition Beta
1.8Pre-releaseCave Spider Revision 1.png Added cave spiders.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 2Cave spiders now drop 0-1 spider eye when killed by a player or tamed wolf.
The cave spider's health points have been reduced from 20♥ × 10 to 12♥ × 6.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 4Cave spiders are now immune to the poison status effect.
Cave spiders are now considered arthropods.
1.2.112w06aCave spiders now swim extremely fast with the water stream toward the player, but seem to be almost not moving against the water stream.
Cave spiders can now climb ice blocks.
1.814w06aCave spiders no longer draw a line of sight through opaque blocks.
Cave spiders have been given the new AI that regular spiders have received.
14w11aCave spiders now run away from creepers that are about to explode.
?The cave spider's venom is no longer neutralized by splash potions of weakness, which may or may not be a bug.
1.8.1pre1Cave spiders no longer run away from creepers that are about to explode.
1.1116w32aThe cave spider's entity ID has been changed from CaveSpider to cave_spider.
October 16, 2017Cave Spider.png Jasper Boerstra tweets an image of an updated cave spider texture.
1.1418w43aCave Spider.png The texture of cave spiders has been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.11.0build 1Cave Spider Revision 1.png Added cave spiders with their jockey variant.
v0.12.1build 1Cave spiders now have a walking sound.
Cave spiders can now spawn with wither skeletons riding them when spawning as spider jockey in the Nether.
Cave spiders now drop spider eyes.
v0.14.0build 1Cave spiders can now be ridden by baby zombies and baby zombie villagers.
v0.15.0?Cave spiders can now spawn with strays riding them when spawning as spider jockey in snowy biome with a view of the sky.
Cave spiders can now be ridden by baby husks.
Pocket Edition
1.1.0alpha 1.1.0.0The cave spider's entity ID has been changed from cavespider to cave_spider.
The cave spider's poison time from attack has been changed to be based on difficulty.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Cave Spider.png The texture of cave spiders has been changed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU5CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Cave Spider Revision 1.png Added cave spiders.
TU12Cave spiders now swim extremely fast with the water stream toward the player, but seem to be almost motionless against the water stream.
Cave spiders can now climb ice blocks.
1.90 Cave Spider.png The texture of cave spiders has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Cave Spider Revision 1.png Added cave spiders.

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Cave Spider" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit]

  • While a cave spider's hitbox is only 13.9% the volume of a normal spider's, its model's volume is 34.3% as large. The shadow is even larger: compared to the normal spider's shadow it has an area of 49%.
  • This is the only mob that can be instantly killed by a direct hit from a tier 2 Splash potion of harming (Instant Damage II) due to its health being the exact same as the damage dealt.

Gallery[edit]

Screenshots[edit]

In other media[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. "Your health hearts turn yellowish"@jeb_ on Twitter, September 2, 2011

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