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Queen Tarantella is the queen of all spiderants. She is about four times larger than the average spiderant queen.


All Spiderants follow the rules of the hive and obey their individual Queens and Kings, but along the Trash Coast (and beyond), there resides a Queen who rules them all. Queen Tarantella and her mate rule the Spiderant kingdom, and even the most feared Spiderants from elsewhere in Pandora must bow to her majesty’s command.

Her shapely abdomen and long legs have made her the object of affection for many of the Spiderants across Pandora. It is widely believed that if Spiderants had lockers, her picture would dominate the majority of them. No human lockers to date are known to contain pictures of Queen Tarantella.

Queen Tarantella is located in Trash Coast and is involved in the "Bait and Switch" mission, where she will drop her abdomen when killed. This will then be needed to summon King Aracobb, king of spiderants. She can be found at the bottom of a gully in the lower portion of the map.



  • Although Queen Tarantella is very large, she is also particularly fast and will try to melee attack her enemies. Her attack is much more powerful than that of the average spiderant.
  • Like many bosses, she is immune to elemental damage.
  • The cliff on the other side of the valley which Queen Tarantella spawns provides a useful sniping position, spiderantlings are able to access this area, but Tarrantella cannot.
  • Tarantella's projectile attack deals massive damage, particularly in Playthrough 2.5, where it can hit for approximately 1,300 damage. If possible, attack from either extreme range or close combat, as even Tarantella's melee attacks are weak against her ranged attack.
  • When Tarentella is killed, spiderantlings will burst forth from her corpse.


  • Queen Tarantella may drop the level 48 version of the unique revolver "Patton" when killed again in Playthrough 2.5 after the mission "Bait and Switch" has been completed.
  • Using Sledge's Shotgun, particularly with an upgraded magazine size, can yield interesting results. Sledge's Shotgun has a knockback effect if enough slugs hit, and Queen Tarantella is so massive that it isn't terribly difficult to hit her with the majority of a shotgun's projectiles. If shot upwards at a slight angle, Tarantella may be punted over the cliff and into the rock wall surrounding the area where she is fought, and can easily become stuck. Shooting from directly under her and unleashing a clip, it is possible to launch Tarantella into the air for several seconds.


  • The Tarantella is an Italian folk dance which was named after and originally believed to cure the bite of the Tarantula spider.