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I'm trying to find spider spawners to gain experience on an SMP server. I've seen other players that have found 4 spawners near each other. Is there a trick to finding one or more?

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I'm assuming you mean cave spider spawners. The best way to find them is to search abandoned mine shafts. The abandoned mine shafts are generally tunnels 3 blocks high and 3 blocks wide and have wood blocks and fences creating frames around tunnel. They have minecart tracks, cobwebs and random chests placed in them.

Abandoned Mine Shafts - Minecraft Wiki

Also check out What's the best way to find Abandoned Mine Shafts?

Most notably is that you will find areas filled with cobwebs. This area has cave spider spawners. Sometimes you'll find spawners close together but finding 4 in the same area is pretty rare.

  • It should be noted that the easiest way to find Abandoned Mine Shafts is from Ravines. I have yet to see a Ravine that doesn't have a AMS cutting through it. – Sonic42 Feb 2 '12 at 2:05
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If you search abandoned mines, usually spider spawners have a massive amount of cobwebs around the area.

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    Note that mineshafts contain cave spider spawners, which are poisonous on some difficulty levels. – John the Green Feb 3 '12 at 1:56
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Get a mapper, such as minutor, and you will be able to load up your world and easily locate spawners. You will not be able to easily determine their type though as far as I'm aware.

Although slightly outdated, the answers to this question should help too.

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Try to find a dungeon, which may be located in a cave or abandoned mineshaft. If you don't know what I mean, this is an example:

Dungeon

The dungeon has cobble and mossy stone blocks around it, so it's easy the recognize. It normally has chests of loot. In the middle is the spawner, it's easy to know what it spawns depending on what mob is spinning inside.

If you actually are looking for cave spiders, they're found in abandoned mineshafts. They have wooden fence poles with planks on top, which are easy to recognize, and you'll also find cobwebs too.

Cavespiders

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Take a water bucket with you. It will help a lot to break cobwebs.

If you play solo, you can use an "x-ray" texture pack to see through blocks. It is also helpful if you can install a minimap mod so that when you find a spawner, you can put a waypoint on it and then remove the texture pack.

Also like others said, you can find cave spider spawner easily in a Mineshaft (like picture # 2 of Jim's answer). They always have many cobwebs around, and it's not rare to see 2 spawners near each other.

For regular spider spawners, you must focus on Dungeons (square room with mossy cobble, like the picture 1 of Jim's answer). They have a spider, skeleton or zombie spawner inside.

To make a cave spider farm, make a dark room around the spider spawner then leave a tiny sideways hole (ex. Using glass and fence) to kill them. But don't get too close or the spider may attack you trough the wall.

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