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|Release date||4 January 2001 (Update)|
|Combat level||2, 27, 50|
|I think this spider has been genetically modified.|
- Lumbridge (level 2)
- Near Outlaw Camp, west of Grand Exchange (level 2)
- Varrock Sewer (level 2 & 27)
- Wilderness, northwest of Lava Dragon Isle (level 27)
- Stronghold of Security: Pit of Pestilence (level 50)
Stronghold of SecurityEdit
There are also level 50 giant spiders in the Stronghold of Security in Barbarian Village. They are commonly used by players with Defence levels around 60 or higher to get Combat experience quickly and easily. There are two rooms that are most commonly used for training. The first is the western room, which can be found just north of the third level ladder. The second area is north-east of this room, and it has the spiders very densely packed.
Giant spiders are good for training because they are both aggressive towards all players, regardless of combat level, and have very low Defence. They have the same amount of health as rock crabs, and as such, provide similar experience rates; however they are unsuitable for players with low Defence to train on as they can deal up to 7 damage with relative accuracy.
They are generally better than rock crabs for higher levels to train on because they are much more densely packed together, and they also don't require players to move around to reset their aggressiveness as often.
As stated previously, the spiders found in the Stronghold of Security are an excellent training option for higher levelled players. The strategies below may help players get the best results out of attempting to train there.
It may be practical to bring a ring of life over any other ring because the spiders stay aggressive for a long time; for this reason, and their steady rate of damage, inattentive players are likely to be killed. As long as the wearer's Hitpoints level is above 70, a ring of life completely prevents a player from dying.
It is strongly recommended that a player has at least level 40 Attack and Defence when training melee in this area. As giant spiders do not take much accuracy bonuses to hit on consistently, the experience rates are largely predetermined by a player's Strength level and bonuses. As such it is recommended to use a quick weapon such as a dragon scimitar or an abyssal whip along with equipping armour which will sustain the player for as long as possible without having to bank. Degradable equipment will break rather quickly due to the constant combat that power leveling involves, so it is recommended to bring either rune or dragon armour. Bringing a powerful shield such as a blessed spirit shield or a dragonfire shield is advisable, however a dragon defender is still a very good option. Any armour or equipment that provides a strength bonus such as Bandos equipment, a fighter torso or a fire cape is very helpful, but by no means necessary.
A common special weapon to use is the dragon battleaxe, but Excalibur is also viable because it reduces damage intake, allowing players to both stay longer and check the screen less often if semi-afking. Players should be wary that continued use of dragon battleaxe's special can diminish their Attack and Defence levels significantly over time, and as such are recommended to use attack or super attack potions to supplement their attack level. Alternatively, a Saradomin godsword can significantly prolong a trip for a players training any combat style, so long as they are able to obtain or buy one.
Training Ranged at giant spiders is still viable despite the fact that ranged equipment provides less melee protection by default. A Rune crossbow with broad bolts or a Dorgeshuun crossbow will provide substantial experience rates, however more expensive ammunition can be used if desired. As they have low defence it is possible to bring tank armour and still hit consistently; because of this bringing a dragonhide body along with platelegs, a helmet and a shield is a generally good choice. Alternatively Void equipment can be used, however a more powerful shield may be needed to compensate for a lack of defence.
Players who are willing to use up runes for Magic experience may with to train on giant spiders as they have no magical resistance, and as such, it is possible to cast spells while wearing a full set of melee armour. Casting Fire strike or Fire bolt is relatively cheap and produces a decent amount of Magic experience, however a salamander can be used as a cheaper option.
The most practical banking method is wearing a charged amulet of glory and teleporting to Edgeville to restock. However, players who have completed Desert Treasure may wish to remain on the ancient spellbook in order to be able to cast Edgeville Home Teleport which can substitute teleportation items altogether. Players who have an amulet of glory mounted in their house are able to use their mounted amulet, as it can be used for as long as the player is able to use Teleport to house.