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Cave Spider
Cave Spider.png
Health points

12 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)

Attack strength

Easy: 2 (Heart.svg)
Normal: 2 (Poisoned Heart.svg)
Hard: 3 (Poisoned Heart.svgPoisoned Half Heart.svg)
1 (Poisoned Half Heart.svg) per 1.25 sec
for 15 sec (Poisoned Heart.svgPoisoned Heart.svgPoisoned Heart.svgPoisoned Heart.svgPoisoned Heart.svg)
for 7 sec (Poisoned Heart.svgPoisoned Heart.svg)


Height: 0.5 Blocks
Width: 0.7 Blocks


Abandoned Mineshafts

First appearances

See History

Common drops
Uncommon drops


Sounds Idle/Hurt Death
Internal ID

JE: 59
BE: 40

Entity ID


Cave spiders are neutral mobs that can inflict poisoning.


Monster spawnersEdit

Cave spiders spawn from monster spawners in abandoned mineshafts.


They drop 0–2 string. They also have a 13 chance to drop a spider eye if killed by a player. They drop 5 experience when killed by a player or tamed wolf.


Cave spiders inherit most of their behavior from regular spiders:

  • Pacified (made neutral) by bright light (daylight or light levels of 9 or higher) but will continue attacking regardless of light change once hostile. Subjecting them to darkness will render them hostile.
  • Climb walls when needed.
  • Attack by leaping at their targeted entity.
  • Unaffected by cobwebs or poison.
  • Can fit through a space that is 1 block wide and half a block tall.
  • Can go through the spaces between Nether Brick and Normal Fences.
  • Run much faster than spiders[Bedrock Edition only].
  • Can spawn spider jockeys[Bedrock Edition only].

Unlike regular spiders, they do not spawn with status effects.


When attacked by a cave spider on normal or hard difficulty, the bitten entity is inflicted with
I.[1] On normal difficulty, the poison lasts for 7 seconds and can cause up to 4 (  ) damage. On hard difficulty, it lasts for 15 seconds and can cause up to 10 (     ) damage. Note that even on hard, poison damage is not taken when health is at 1 ( ).

Data valuesEdit

See also: Chunk format

Cave spiders have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob. Their entity ID is cave_spider.


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
AdventureAdventure, exploration, and combatKill any entity, or be killed by any entity.minecraft:adventure/root
Monster HunterKill any hostile monsterAdventureKill one of these 22 mobs. Other mobs are ignored for this advancement.minecraft:adventure/kill_a_mob
Monsters HuntedKill one of every hostile monsterMonster HunterKill each of these 22 mobs. Other mobs may be killed, but are ignored for the advancement.minecraft:adventure/kill_all_mobs


1.8 1.8-pre1 Added cave spiders.
Official release
1.0.0 Cave spider's health points reduced from 20 (          ) to 12 (      ).
1.2.1 12w06a Cave spiders swim extremely fast with the water stream towards the player, but seem to be almost not moving against the water stream. They can also climb ice blocks.
1.8 14w06a Cave spiders can no longer draw line of sight through opaque blocks, and have been given the new AI that regular spiders have recieved.
14w11a Now run away from creepers that are about to explode.
?Cave spiders' venom is no longer neutralized by splash potions of weakness, which may or may not be a bug.
1.8.1 1.8.1-pre1 No longer runs away from creepers that are about to explode.
1.11 16w32a The entity ID is changed from CaveSpider to cave_spider.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.11.0 build 1 Added cave spiders.
0.12.1 build 1 Cave Spiders now have a walking sound.
build 1 Cave Spiders now drop spider eyes.
Pocket Edition
1.1 build 1 The entity ID is changed from cavespider to cave_spider.
Poison time from attack is now based on difficulty.
Legacy Console Edition
TU5CU11.0Patch 1Added cave spiders.
TU12Cave spiders swim extremely fast with the water stream towards the player, but seem to be almost motionless against the water stream. They can also climb ice blocks.


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  • 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%.


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