It seems that killing cave spiders is easier than killing regular spiders to me. Is there a difference in the loot bonuses (mob spawners, mob crushers) or are they generally the same thing just in different areas?


According to the Minecraft wiki they do drop exactly the same thing. Their loot includes the following:

  • 0-2 String
  • 0-1 Spiders Eye
  • 5 Experience

However, cave spiders have 12 points (6 hearts) of HP whereas spiders have 16 points (8 hearts), yet cave spiders are still poisonous. This is why it may seem easier to kill cave spiders.

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  • Guess that makes cave spiders a better option for mob farms since they die quicker than normal spiders. – el0d May 26 '13 at 11:52
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    Indeed, It's just the poison and their size that can be quite annoying. – GoodPie May 26 '13 at 22:00

a cave spider is smaller than the regular spider and both will only attack you in Survival mode but never in Creative mode. They both drop 5 experience points and will only attack in the day if you hit it first.

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