Grounded combat guide: How to kill spiders (2024)

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Grounded is an excellent survival game from Xbox Game Studios' Obsidian. Already one of the best games on Xbox Game Pass, Grounded is a tough but accessible adventure where you're shrunk down to the size of a matchstick.

Stuck in a 'Honey, I Shrunk the Kids'-style nightmare, naturally, gigantic spooky spiders will make your life in the backyard all the more difficult. With some tips, though, they become a whole lot less scary. Here's how to kill spiders effectively in Grounded.

How to kill spiders in Grounded

Spider slaying in Grounded revolves blocking primarily. There are two types of blocking in Grounded: a passive block, and a "perfect" block. Simply holding down the block button will greatly reduce the amount of incoming damage you take, but you'll still take a hit, which means you could end up poisoned, severely reducing your chance of combat success. Ideally, you'll want to time your blocks close to the moment the spiders strike, which will prevent all damage and also prevent poison procs from occurring.

  1. There are a few types of spiders in Grounded: an Orb Weaver and its smaller counterpart, the Orb Weaver Jr., a Wolf spider, Black Widow spiders, and the Hedge Broodmother.
  2. Orb Weavers and Orb Weaver Jrs. have yellow patterned abdomens and skinny legs, Wolf spiders have big hairy legs and brown striped, and are much larger. Black Widows are solid black with an identifiable red hourglass marking. The Hedge Broodmother is the most recognizable of all spiders despite needing to be summoned for her fights due to its massive size and flat, spikey abdomen.

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  1. Orb Weavers are far easier to kill, dealing less damage and moving more slowly. They open the fight by spitting webs from their abdomen, which you can easily dodge. Wolf spiders attack more quickly, deal poison damage, and also do a dive bomb attack, which can instantly kill under-geared players. Black Widow spiders feature a moveset similar to the wolf spider. However, they can inflict venom damage which bypasses protective mutations like Mithridatism. The Hedge Broodmother similarly behaves like a wolf spider in its attacks but summons hordes of Orb Weavers, Orb Weaver Jrs, and spiderlings to whittle the player's health away.
  2. To increase your chance of success, consider getting a level 2 Insect Hammer or an augmented mace like the Salt Mace, as well as some level 2 Ladybug armor. For the Hedge Broodmother and Black Widow, level 3 equipment is recommended.
  3. Before engaging any spider, take a moment to PEEP it. This can be done by pressing Y on a controller. Using your PEEP.Rs can allow you to glean valuable information from an enemy before you attack, such as any weaknesses or resistances to weapon augmentations. To make it easier, we've included a handy table of each spider and its weaknesses and resistances here that you can reference, as well.
Spider Weaknesses and Resistances in Grounded 1.0
Black WidowlingFresh, StabbingSpicy
Black WidowFresh, Salty, Sour, Spicy, Busting, Chopping, Slashing, Stabbing, Poison
Hedge BroodmotherFresh, Salty, Busting, Chopping, Explosive, StabbingSpicy, Slashing
Infected Wolf SpiderSalty, Spicy, Chopping, Explosive, Slashing, StabbingFresh, Busting
Orb WeaverFresh, Stabbing, PoisonSpicy
Orb Weaver JrFresh, Stabbing, PoisonSpicy
SpiderlingFresh, Stabbing, PoisonSpicy
Wolf SpiderFresh, StabbingSpicy, Chopping, Slashing

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  1. Approach your spider to aggro it. Its eyes will glow red, and it will focus on you with hungry, murderous intent. You can also use a bow and arrow to get some hits in first, using a vantage point to avoid getting hit. You'd need a ton of arrows to kill a spider this way, though. It's far more effective to simply beat them down.
  2. Orb weavers start the fight by attempting to web you. Sidestep when they do this. Wolf spiders may jump up for a dive attack. You can perfect block this or run away out of range. Do not get hit, though, because it deals a crazy amount of damage.
  3. Once the spiders have used their cooldown attacks, they will rear up and try to bite you. With some practice, it's easy to get the timing down. See the video above on how to block into a spider lunge. Especially on a Wolf spider, do not try and get more than one attack in after a block, or you won't have enough time to block the next spider lunge.
  4. Wolf spiders have a far bigger attack range than Orb Weaver spiders, making blocking a bit more crucial. You can hug Orb Weavers and strafe sideways to simply avoid their bites, but it's better to perfect block. If you fail to perfect block, you may get poisoned. The mutation Mithridatism can help deflect some of this poison.

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  1. Hit the spiders in the head as much as possible. Three or four hits with a two-handed weapon like the Insect Hammer will stun them temporarily, allowing for a few free hits or charge up attacks.
  2. Repeat this process until the spider is squished. Be wary of the Wolf spider, since it will try to dive-bomb on you again after a few seconds into the fight. Orb Weavers only try to use webs again if you run out of range.

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You may want to create a lean-to and set it as your spawn point so that you are not too far away from your backpack if you do meet an untimely demise. This can be a particularly useful tactic against wolf spiders as you can continue to attack once you respawn and gradually chip away at the spider's health until you finally finish it off. This technique cannot be used against the Broodmother, however, as once all players have been vanquished, she will return to her hole and must be resummoned for another attempt.

Oh, and one more tip: watch your back!

Once you have killed the spiders, you can harvest their parts to make some mighty weapons and armor, so don't forget to grab that sweet, sweet loot.

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How to kill spiders easily in Grounded? ›

Once you get your gear to level 2 or beyond and decide it's time to actually fight a Grounded spider, the safest approach is to engage in ranged combat – ideally finding yourself some high ground where the arachnid can't reach you then shooting downwards with a bow and arrow to wear them out.

What is a spiders weakness in Grounded? ›

How to kill spiders in Grounded
Hedge BroodmotherFresh, Salty, Busting, Chopping, Explosive, StabbingSpicy, Slashing
Infected Wolf SpiderSalty, Spicy, Chopping, Explosive, Slashing, StabbingFresh, Busting
Orb WeaverFresh, Stabbing, PoisonSpicy
Orb Weaver JrFresh, Stabbing, PoisonSpicy
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Oct 3, 2022

How many arrows does it take to kill a spider in Grounded? ›

i takes about 15-20 arrows to kill a wolf spider. you dont even need to hit the arrow they will just die to the gas damage. if you killed atleast 2, you can craft the tier 2 bow and poison arrows that deal more damage over time than the gas arrow but dont release a cloud so you need to hit the target directly.

What is the hardest spider to kill in Grounded? ›

As one might expect, Black Widows are the deadliest and hardest-to-kill angry creatures in Grounded that aren't official bosses. Immune to poison and resistant to all elemental and weapon types, Black Widow Spiders have no vulnerability whatsoever.

What is the best armor against spiders in Grounded? ›

Equip high-defense armor, such as the Acorn Armor set or, the toughest armor players have. Orb Spiders have strong attacks, so players need to maximize their defense stats as much as possible.

How do you kill spiders efficiently? ›

In a spray bottle, mix white vinegar and water in equal parts. Then, get ready to spray whenever you see a spider—the acidic nature of the vinegar will kill the spider on contact.

Can you outrun spiders in Grounded? ›

try to get to high ground if you can't outrun it, if you're forced to run try running in an unpredictable pattern because once they've thought their move they can't really change it. they're much easier to deal with once you've got a bow and plenty of arrows though. Play on an easier difficulty, I am playing on woah!

What is the scariest spider in Grounded? ›

The Wolf Spider is one of the biggest threats to unprepared players. They have an infected variant found in 3 areas across the yard after sealing the weed killer.

What arrow does the most damage in Grounded? ›

The Splinter Arrow is a Tier III ammunition option for ranged weapons that provides the most damage out of the standard arrow types. It requires a Workbench as well as some Wooden Splinters and Dust Mite Fuzz to craft. Sharp and deadly arrow crafted from wooden splinters.

Who is the secret boss in Grounded? ›

Director Schmector is an optional secret boss enemy found below Castle Moldorc in the Mysterious Lab. It is the final boss of the game, and one of the hardest non repeatable bosses. Killing it is required to unlock the good ending and save Dr.

Can you get a pet spider in Grounded? ›

Pets in Grounded range from Aphids to Gnats to Weevils, meaning that while you can have little critters following you about, you shouldn't expect to be mounting a spider anytime soon - sorry.

How do you get rid of ground spiders? ›

Get rid of tall grasses, weeds, and brush piles, as they make great homes for these spiders. Regularly mow the lawn and trim bushes, hedges, and shrubs. Don't let trash accumulate: Human food crumbs also attract insects these spiders consume.

What is the easiest way to get spider venom in Grounded? ›

Spider Venom can only be picked up once you kill either an Infected Wolf Spider or a Wolf Spider. Spiders are extremely dangerous to fight, and Wolf Spiders can deal incredible damage. You'll need to craft the strongest armor and weapons and train hard to use perfect blocks against their attacks.

Is there arachnophobia mode in Grounded? ›

When you first load up Grounded, a warning will appear letting players know that the game contains spiders. It also mentions that these spiders are often bigger than the players, so for anyone who wishes to, Arachnophobia Mode can be turned on.

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