The giant spider is a monster which appears in a number of role-playing games and movies.

Role-playing game appearances

Dungeons & Dragons

Giant spiders have been present in Dungeons & Dragons since the 1st Edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, released in 1977.[1] They have been present in every version of the game released since then and are still present in the 3rd Edition, where they are classified as vermin.[2]


In NetHack, a giant spider is a monster with a poisonous bite.

Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game

Giant spiders were present in the first edition of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, where they are described as "a spider of staggering size—perhaps 15 feet around—with great furred body."[3]


  1. Gygax, Gary (1977). Monster Manual. TSR, Inc.. 
  2. Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, and Monte Cook Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2000).
  3. Borgstrom, R. Sean; et al. (2003). Manual of Monsters. White Wolf, Inc.. ISBN 978-1588460707. 


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