Medium monstrosity, neutral

Armor Class 15 (natural armor)
Hit Points 97 (15d8+30)
Speed 40 ft., climb 40 ft.

18 (+4) 17 (+3) 15 (+2) 13 (+1) 11 (+0) 12 (+1)

Skills Intimidation +7, Investigation +4, Perception +7; weaver’s tools +6
Damage Resistances poison
Condition Immunities poisoned
Senses passive Perception 17
Languages Greek
Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)

Special Traits

  • 8-Limbed. Arachne has advantage on Strength (Athletics) and Dexterity (Acrobatics) checks.
  • Expert Grappler. Arachne has advantage on attack rolls against a creature she is grappling, and she can grapple creatures up to two sizes larger than her. In addition, she can use her bonus action to try to pin a creature she has grappled. To do so, she makes another grapple check. On a success, the creature is restrained until the grapple ends. While restraining a creature in this way, Arachne kicks two fewer times than normal.
  • Magic Resistance. Arachne has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.
  • Spider Climb. Arachne can climb difficult surfaces, including upside down on ceilings, without needing to make an ability check.
  • Standing Leap. Arachne’s long jump is up to 30 feet and her high jump is up to 15 feet, with or without a running start.
  • Web Sense. While in contact with a web, Arachne knows the exact location of any other creature in contact with the same web.
  • Web Walker. Arachne ignores movement restrictions caused by webbing.


  • Multiattack. Arachne kicks six times, or she attacks once with her web and kicks four times.
  • Kick. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d4+4) bludgeoning damage.
  • Web (Recharge 5–6). Ranged Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, range 40/80 ft., one creature. Hit: The target is restrained by webbing. As an action, the restrained target can make a DC 14 Strength check, bursting the webbing on a success. The webbing can also be attacked and destroyed (AC 11; hp 8; vulnerability to fire damage; immunity to bludgeoning, poison, and psychic damage).


Her lack of humility was so great and so encompassing that Athena took notice and, disguised as an old woman, challenged Arachne to a weave-off. To Athena’s dismay and frustration, the woman did a much finer job during the contest and even weaved a depiction of how divine beings have mistreated humans over the years. Athena was not amused by this insult and beat the weaver, transforming the poor Arachne into an eight-legged insect.

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Mythological Figures & Maleficent Monsters Copyright 2020 EN Publishing. Authors Mike Myler, Russ Morrissey.

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