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Spider Queen
Spider Queen
Attack Range
Special Ability
Spawns Spider.png and Spider Warrior.png
Monster Meat.png×4 Silk.png×4 Spider Eggs.png Spiderhat.png
Spawns from
Spider Den.png

Spider Queen
Spider Queen
Attack Range
Special Ability
Spawns Spider.png and Spider Warrior.png
Monster Meat.png×4 Silk.png×4 Spider Eggs.png Spiderhat.png
Spawns from
Spider Den.png

Wilson Portrait.png
AHHHHHHHH! That spider is huge!


Willow Portrait.png
Kill it with fire!


Wolfgang Portrait.png
Oh no! Walking bug-house!


Wendy Portrait.png
She is regal in her horribleness.


WX-78 Portrait.png


Wickerbottom Portrait.png
That must be the center of the hive-mind.


Woodie Portrait.png
You're not my queen!


Waxwell Portrait.png
Maybe I'll just get out of her way.


Wigfrid Portrait.png
Finally, a true test öf my abilities.


Webber Portrait.png


Walani Portrait.png
I don't bow to royalty.


Warly Portrait.png
I will not bend the knee to the likes of you!


Woodlegs Portrait.png
Woodlegs yields ta no queen, spider or udderwise!


Spider Queen is an aggressive Boss Monster added to the game in the Long Live the Queen update. She has 1250 health and attacks by biting and stabbing with its sharp claws, doing 80 damage with each attack.

She spawns from overgrown Tier 3 Spider Dens when the player or other mobs wander close by. She only spawns if there are fewer than 4 other Dens/Queens in the vicinity. After spawning, she will give birth to Spiders every 20 seconds, and if the player is nearby or attacking, a third of these will be Spider Warriors. A Queen can have a maximum of 16 spiders following her. These spiders are automatically aggressive towards the player, but will retreat back to the Queen if the player gains enough distance away from them.

When a Queen spawns, her Tier 3 Den is replaced with a Tier 1 Den unless there are 4 or more Dens nearby, which grows into a Tier 2 Den in 60 seconds. The new den can eventually grow into a Tier 3 Den to spawn another Queen, thus making the Spiderhat a renewable item. The Queen will plant herself as a Tier 1 Den after wandering for 1.5 game days, if she finds an open space away from other Dens/Queens.

Webber will not be attacked by a Queen or her Spiders, unless he attacks first.

A Spider Queen is not nocturnal like other Spiders, and will fall asleep at night if not engaged in combat.

She takes three blasts from the Ice Staff to be frozen, and four Sleep Darts to be put to sleep.

Tentacle Spike.png Battle techniques


Kiting is a process wherein you dodge a monster's attack, and then hit it immediately after before the monster can attack again. The Queen attacks relatively quickly, but she is slow, so it is possible to attack her in the pauses between attacks. Always kill the recently birthed Spiders/Spider Warriors, though, before attempting to attack the Queen again. As always, good armor and weapons help a lot. If fighting without armor, having a couple of traps set around to kill the spawned spiders is a good idea. However, the Spider Queen can drain your sanity completely within thirty seconds (200 sanity), so it is advisable to keep your distance somewhat. You can also bring along sanity-restoring items such as Taffy and Cooked Green Caps to counter the sanity drain.


Lure the Queen to a Pig Village, and let the Pigs attack her. Due to the kiting combat behavior of Pigs, the Queen and her spawned Spiders have trouble hitting them. As long as the Spiders she hatches are kept away from the Pigs, they should kill her quite quickly. This method also can prevent serious sanity drain.


If there happens to be a swamp nearby, lead the Queen to the swamp and over the Tentacles as they attack most mobs that pass by. Expect about 3-5 destroyed Tentacles in the process.


If you can find a herd of Beefalo in heat, and get the Queen close enough to them for at least one Beefalo to target it, the whole herd will eventually join in on the Queen. The Beefalo will not eat the meat dropped like pigs do. However, due to the fact that Beefalos don't use a kite method of attack like pigs, the Queen will stand her ground and be able to kill at least 3-4 Beefalos single-handedly. Wearing a Beefalo Hat will allow the player to retrieve the drops without being attacked in the process.


If the player has a Spiderhat, it is possible to gather spider allies from Spider Dens and order them to attack the Queen. This is very useful for when you have low health. If playing as the character Webber (Reign of Giants DLC), all the player must do is simply tame spiders with meat instead.


Lure the Queen to a Killer Bee Hive, as Killer Bees have the same kiting technique as Pigs do. When a Killer Bee attacks the Queen, and she strikes back, all nearby bees will become aggressive to the Queen, including normal Bees. You can also capture and trap bees using a Bug Net and release them near the Queen. Bee Mines are another option to ensure that the bees will attack her, though they are more costly to craft than the net.


At the full moon, position Woodie (if you are playing as that character) near the Spider Nest. After he has transformed into the Werebeaver, proceed to attack the nest. This is preferable to attacking as Woodie due to the Werebeaver's strength, health, and lack of sanity drain.


If there is a Lureplant that has produced a meat lure or a Leafy Meat, it is possible to have the Spider Queen follow the player and, if any, her Spiders and Spider Warriors toward the Lureplant. The Lureplant's many Eyeplants will attack any of the spiders, including the Spider Queen, that come within their range of attack. Because Eyeplants are able to respawn, they will pop up elsewhere and be able to continue attacking as long as Spiders are within their radius. Also, since the Lureplant itself is not capable of attacking or defending itself, it won't be seen as a threat, and will not be attacked. Eyeplants will continue to reappear when destroyed, until the Spider Queen dies and no Spiders are left. Once the Spider Queen is killed by the Lureplant, the player must destroy it in order to obtain all the items that the Spider Queen has dropped upon death (if those were consumed by Eyeplants).

Blow Darts

This is the easiest way to defeat the Spider Queen. Make 13 Blow Darts and shoot the Spider Queen as fast as possible, without letting her or her Spiders catch up to you.

Pan Flute

The Pan Flute can be used to put the Spider Queen and her Spiders to sleep. The queen will remain asleep if the player attacks the spiders around her. With the Pan Flute's 10 uses providing intermittent chances to clear all of the queen's spider spawns, it is far easier to engage the queen one on one.


The Spider Queen can be easily killed by freezing her with an Ice Staff, placing 5 Gunpowder near her, lighting it on fire, and then finishing her off with a spear. However, if she is killed with 6 Gunpowder or more, all she will drop is Ashes and Cooked Monster Meat, since she took fire damage after the explosion, and thus, died by fire.

Below is the number of hits it takes with each weapon to kill Spider Queens when playing with characters with a default damage modifier. The Weather Pain is not included due to the random nature of its projectile.

Weapon Fishing Rod.pngBug Net.png Lucy the Axe.png Shovel.png Pitchfork.png

Hammer.png Torch.png Umbrella.png

Walking Cane.png Willow's Lighter.png

Axe.png Pickaxe.png

Luxury Axe.png Opulent Pickaxe.png


PickSlashAxe.png Spear.png Bat Bat.png Ham Bat.png Morning Star.png Slurtle Slime.pngTentacle Spike.png

Battle Spear.png

Thulecite Club.png

Tooth Trap.png

Dark Sword.pngFire Dart.png

Fire Staff.png

Blow Dart.png Gunpowder.png Old Bell.png
No. of hits for
Spider Queen.png
295 92 74 46 41 37 30 22-43 18 or 29 25 21 19 13 6 2

Placeholder.png Trivia

  • All kinds of spiders in real life have eight legs but the spider queen only has six. This is a trend with all of the variations of spider in Don't Starve.
  • In real life, there are few species of social spiders, none of which have a queen. The queens seen in Don't Starve are similar to queen bees, ants, and even termites.
  • As a giant female spider, the Spider Queen is similar in appearance to Shelob from the Lord of the Rings books.
  • Spiders in her entourage will seem to 'cower' before her, with their legs raised and their faces fearful. This behavior also occurs when the player wears the Spiderhat.

Mosquito.png Bugs

  • Fighting other mobs in the presence of a Spider Queen will cause "E.F.S." (the boss monster song) to play. As long as the player is not within her (and her spiders') "aggro radius", the Spider Queen does not become aggressive to the player. This also applies to fighting near a Treeguard.
  • Sometimes, when the Spider Queen is killed as she plants herself, she'll drop loot but still will leave a den.
  • Sometimes, when the Spider Queen is killed, instead of going through her regular death animation, she'll try to and often succeed in birthing a new spider before she fully disappears.
  • Sometimes, when the Den is destroyed with loot dropping, the Spider Queen will still spawn before the Den fully disappears.
  • If a Spider Queen emerges from a Spider Den that is too close to the ocean, it is possible for the Spider Queen to appear on the water, and not be able to get back on land.

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