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So I recently started up Minecraft again, and while I have been keeping up to date with all the big updates, I haven't been quite so involved to follow the finer details.

During a recent session, I came under attack of the usual beasties, but one appeared to be actually invisible! I was being attacked by... something... And I only got a glimpse of maybe some very faint eyes... I swung in that general direction, and eventually whatever it was, stopped.

Later, I came across another spider, which appeared to have particle effects surrounding it. I don't know what it was, or how it affected the spider, but at that point I wondered, maybe the invisible creature from earlier was perhaps a spider as well.

Is this a thing? Can spiders have different effects applied to them, and (outside of throwing a potion at them), how do they gain these effects?

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If you're playing on Hard, there is a small chance that a spider will get a potion effect when spawning:

  • Speed (40% chance)
  • Strength (20% chance)
  • Regeneration (20% chance)
  • Invisibility (20% chance)
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