Giant Crab


Enemy Type Beast


Fire, Strike, Magic, Lightning
Resistances  Standard, Slash, Thrust
Immune Bleed

Giant Crab is an Enemy in Dark Souls 3.


Giant Crab Enemy Description


Giant Crab Combat Information

  • Uses its large pincer to attack the player. Deals Standard Damage.
  • It can foam at the mouth and spray it at the player to do damage, as well as decrease movement speed. The ones in the Painted World of Ariandel spray frost instead, which can inflict Frostbite.
  • Weak point: When both claws are lifted into the air, the greenish egg sac area under the crab's mouth can be riposted for massive damage.
  • Weak to Fire Damage, Strike Damage, Magic Damage and Lightning Damage. Crabs met in Farron Keep and Smouldering Lake are additionaly weak to Frostbite.
  • Resistant to Standard Damage, Slash Damage and Thrust Damage
  • Immune to Bleed, duo met in Painted World of Ariandel are immune to Frostbite, the Farron Swamp is Poison/Toxic immune.
  • Can be fooled with Alluring Skull, but is immune to Rapport.
  • Its poise can be broken, stunning it for about 2 seconds.  A finisher move can be performed by standing at its back after its poise is broken. You may also perforn this while infront of it, near the greenish egg sacks.


Giant Crab Notes & Trivia

  • Can still be blocked with relative ease, but beware its grab attack.
  • Its right claw will draw back slowly while its mouth foams, then attempt to grab you for major damage if it connects. It can not be blocked.
  • Its left claw is actually faster and is better at comboing whereas its right claw does not drain more stamina and is easier to roll under.
  • If at low health and if the player is a sufficient distance away from it, it will attempt to burrow below ground and escape. It will re-emerge with full health and be cured of status ailments if this occurs. So it can not be killed by attacking only with ranged abilities.
  • Quickstep can be used in deep water, allowing for easy dodging of its attacks.
  • Can not be lured out of water. Once you step foot out of the swampy area, the crab will cease to follow you.
  • Smashing smaller crabs can aggro them
  • When it runs, it turns sideways and moves very fast.
  • Although the crab will not target invaders inadvertantly, all of the Great Crab's attacks can harm all phantoms. This includes Watchdogs of Farron.
  • One of the Great Crabs in Smouldering Lake, the one who walks back and forth near the breakable floor, is not hostile towards the player until provoked.
  • The harmless child protected by a powerful father relation between Great Crab and Lesser Crab can be a reference to Mushroom People in Dark Souls 1.
  • Greater Crabs located in Painted World of Ariandel are the only creature that will respawn without refreshing whole area.
  • Can be parried, it has to be on point though.


Giant Crab Drops


Giant Crab Locations


Giant Crab Variations

Ancient Wyvern (Mob)  ♦  Angel  ♦  Ascended Winged Knight  ♦  Basilisk  ♦  Black Knight  ♦  Boreal Outrider Knight  ♦  Caged Hollow  ♦  Carthus Sandworm  ♦  Carthus Swordsman Skeleton  ♦  Cathedral Evangelist  ♦  Cathedral Grave Warden  ♦  Cathedral Knight  ♦  Clawed Curse  ♦  Corvian  ♦  Corvian Knight  ♦  Corvian Settler (Enemy)  ♦  Corvian Storyteller  ♦  Court Sorcerer  ♦  Crystal Lizard  ♦  Crystal Sage (Mob)  ♦  Darkwraith  ♦  Deacon  ♦  Deacon of the Deep  ♦  Deep Accursed  ♦  Demon  ♦  Demon Statue  ♦  Desert Pyromancer Zoey  ♦  Devout Hollow  ♦  Devout of the Deep  ♦  Drakeblood Knight  ♦  Elder Ghru  ♦  Elite Hollow Soldier  ♦  Farron Follower  ♦  Fire Witch  ♦  Gargoyle  ♦  Ghru Conjurator  ♦  Ghru Grunt  ♦  Ghru Leaper  ♦  Giant Avelyn  ♦  Giant Fly  ♦  Giant Serpent-Man  ♦  Giant Slave  ♦  Grand Archives Scholar  ♦  Grave Warden  ♦  Gravewarden Skeleton  ♦  Greater Crab  ♦  Grotesque Londor Grower  ♦  Harald Legion Knight  ♦  Havel Knight  ♦  Hollow  ♦  Hollow Assassin  ♦  Hollow Cleric  ♦  Hollow Manservant  ♦  Hollow Priest  ♦  Hollow Slave  ♦  Hollow Soldier  ♦  Infested Corpse  ♦  Irithyllian Slave  ♦  Iron Dragonslayer  ♦  Jailer  ♦  Judicator  ♦  Large Hollow Soldier  ♦  Lesser Crab  ♦  Lothric Knight  ♦  Lothric Wyvern  ♦  Lycanthrope  ♦  Lycanthrope Hunter  ♦  Mad Ghru  ♦  Madwoman  ♦  Maggot-grub  ♦  Man-grub  ♦  Man-Serpent Summoner  ♦  Millwood Chieftain  ♦  Millwood Knight  ♦  Mimic  ♦  Minor Skeleton  ♦  Monstrosity of Sin  ♦  Murkman  ♦  Murkmen  ♦  Overgrown Lothric Knight  ♦  Peasant Hollow  ♦  Poisonhorn Bug  ♦  Pontiff Knight  ♦  Pus of Man  ♦  Rapier Champion  ♦  Rat  ♦  Ravenous Crystal Lizard  ♦  Reanimated Corpse  ♦  Ringed Knight  ♦  Rock Lizard  ♦  Root Skeleton  ♦  Rotten Flesh of Aldrich  ♦  Rotten Slug  ♦  Serpent-man  ♦  Sewer Centipede  ♦  Silver Knight  ♦  Skeleton  ♦  Skeleton Ball  ♦  Skeleton Elites  ♦  Skeleton Wheel  ♦  Skeletons  ♦  Smoldering Ghru  ♦  Smoldering Rotten Flesh  ♦  Starved Hound  ♦  Sulyvahn's Beast  ♦  Thrall  ♦  Tree Woman  ♦  Winged Knight  ♦  Wolf  ♦  Wretch

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    • Anonymous

      18 May 2021 16:05  

      This was the first enemy i really hated fighting in my first playthrough, and i was so glad to be done with them after the crucifixion woods...
      Only to find 10 of them in Smouldering Lake, and having to fight 3 at once in the DLC

      • Anonymous

        14 Dec 2020 01:57  

        I don’t know if I got lucky, cause it says you can’t beat them from range cause they burrow, but the one that has the great swamp ring...

        I approached it while walking along the wall of the area that has the knight, and had the crab stuck between the wall and a tree. Arrowed him to death.

        • Anonymous

          18 Nov 2020 15:54  

          I was eaten by a giant crab and make to my character a status where my character look like a zombie now.How to revert that status?If somebody can help please!!!

          • Anonymous

            28 Apr 2020 10:55  

            "A giant enemy crab that mainly inhabits the swamp areas of Road of Sacrifices, Farron Keep, Smouldering Lake and the Painted World of Ariandel." ... GIANT ENEMY CRAB

            • Anonymous

              10 Apr 2020 05:23  

              One of these crabs doesn't aggro for me. I've reloaded several times, but it doesn't attack me unless i do first. it's one of the three crabs guarding the chaos gem in Smoldering lake to the far left, facing away from the ODK. Is this the same for anyone else or is it my own special crab friend?

              • Anonymous

                31 Dec 2019 05:19  

                Spongebob me boy I've abused steroids for over 40 years and now I'm strong enough to compete with the ancient gods of Anor Londo argargargarg

                • Anonymous

                  23 Dec 2019 17:22  

                  With 50 int, +4 sorcerers staff, it takes 3 great heavy soul arrows to deal 1059, 1 hp more than this crab has. Rush 50 int and farm this if you want an early area to build stats or farm souls to buy sorceries.

                  • Anonymous

                    27 Oct 2019 08:11  

                    The year is 2049. The oceans after years of nuclear fallout and bomb testing, produce terrible deformed animals that are the only reliable food source to the few groups of humans left. I am an honest fisherman, along the greenland coast. On a stormy day, our daily haul is attacked by a massive beast. It tears one of our men in half with the swipe of a single claw. Raising my harpoon, i recognize the fiend, and through my terror and shock, can only mutter the words of my ancestors; "Time For Crab"

                    • Anonymous

                      23 Aug 2019 13:10  

                      I have killed the black knight only to killed by the giant crab do I have to kill the black knight again or just go for the crab?

                      • Anonymous

                        25 Jul 2019 23:26  

                        Am I the only person who knows you can parry the crabs right arm when it slams it down when it raises it above it's head?

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