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Spider's Bane
Spiders bane
Weapon
Name Spider's Bane
Item value 11000 GP
Weight 10 lbs.
Identify 40
Combat
Combat type Melee
Proficiency Type Large swords in Baldur's Gate, two handed swords in other games.
Handing 2-handed
Range 2
Damage 1d10 +2
THACO +2
Damage type Slashing
Speed 8
Minimum requirements
Strength 13
Other information
Appears in Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate EE and Baldur's Gate II.
Not usable by Cleric, Druid, Mage, Thief
Special Free Action (while equipped)
Item Icon
Spiders bane icon

Spider's Bane is an enchanted two-handed sword made to fight against spiders more effectively than normal weapons. It bestows the wielder the free action status, granting the wielder immunity against magic and other effects which affect movement like slow, hold, and spider webs. Like all enchanted weapons +2, it also has +2 bonus to damage and thaco and speed factor two points lower than a normal two handed sword. This item appears in Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition and Baldur's Gate II.

In Baldur's Gate, it is obtained during the subquest Finding Shelak in the second part of the Cloakwood. Along with The World's Edge, they are the strongest two handed swords. The World's Edge is better for inflicting damage and is more accurate but lacks free action of Spider's Bane.

It is likely that the name of this weapon is a tribute to Sting, the sword of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins from J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth fantasy universe. Upon the blade is the inscription: "Maegnas is my name, I am the spider's bane."

In-game descriptionEdit

Spider's Bane was originally forged by the dwarves of the Orothair tribe in the Cloakwood Forest. They created the blade to help foster good will between them and the Grand Dukes of Baldur's Gate. Wielded by the Grand Dukes for about a century, the sword was eventually lost, ironically in a fight against ettercaps and spiders. Who wields the balde now is unknown, but its discovery would aid greatly in fighting the current spider infestation that plagues the Cloakwood.

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