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
RarityRarity level: 4
Sell1 GC
Research1 required
Grants Buff
Buff tooltipThe spider will fight for you
Projectiles created
  • Venom Spider
    Venom Spider
  • Jumper Spider
    Jumper Spider
  • Dangerous Spider
    Dangerous Spider
  • Internal Item ID: 2551 (Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions)
  • Internal Buff ID: 133 (Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions)
  • Internal Projectile ID: 390, 391, 392
Not to be confused with Queen Spider Staff, a sentry summon weapon.
The Spider Staff in use. Note it is not stopped by walls.

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

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.



ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Spider StaffSpider Staff(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions)
  • Spider FangSpider Fang(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions)16
Iron AnvilIron Anvil
Lead AnvilLead Anvil


  • (Old-gen console version) Due to the spiders' damage being classified as piercing, it can cause enemies to be immune to other piercing attacks. This may prolong fights against enemies with higher health while the spider minions are in use.


  • 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, and since it cannot fly (for the purposes of attacking) and has no projectile attack, its effectiveness is limited against flying enemies.
  • The Spider Staff is easily acquired when first entering Hardmode, as most players will have already found a Spider Nest 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 has the highest base DPS of any pre-Plantera minion.
    • However, the Spider Staff's lack of local immunity caps the hit rate of a hoard of spiders at 12 hits per second. Each spider type has 15 static immunity frames, for a maximum of 4 hits per second per type. The three types of spiders together can hit 12 times per second.
      • Each spider attacks roughly 3 times per second, so the 4th, 5th, and 6th spiders attacking an enemy will not be able to hit at the same rate as the first 3. Only 6 spiders can attack an enemy simultaneously.
      • For example, 3 spiders will attack an enemy 9 times per second, but 6 spiders will only attack 12 times per second; 11 spiders will also only attack an enemy 12 times per second.
  • If several spiders latch onto a single target that can receive knockback, 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.


  • Each time the spider is summoned, it has one of three possible sprite graphics. The first is an unidentifiable purple spider, the second resembles a Mexican redknee tarantula, and the third resembles a black widow. They are all functionally identical. On the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version, the types of spiders are summoned randomly, whereas on the other versions, they are summoned in order.
  • The staff appears to be a four legged spider.
  • The Spider Staff and the Queen Spider Staff are the only items available prior to defeating any mechanical boss that can inflict the Acid Venom debuff.
  • It is one of only four weapons in the game that can inflict Acid Venom without any buffs or bonuses, the others being the Queen Spider Staff, the Pygmy Staff, and the Venom Staff.


  • Desktop Summoning Spiders will now attempt to systematically summon the different types of Spiders in order, rather than randomly.
  • Desktop
    • Damage increased from 25 to 26.
    • Knockback increased from 2 to 3.
    • Each spider now counts as 0.75 of a minion.