Giant Crab

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Enemy Type Beast

Weakness

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

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    • Anonymous

      I was wearing thorn armor and it made me stumble while damaging the lava crab during a roll, even ending the roll itself. Weird stuff. Did not happen once I changed the armor.

      • Anonymous

        Petting their cold damp back isn't exactly cathartic, and they're actively trying to smash you into a fine pulp, so I'd go for the passive one in the Smouldering Lake, he's chill. Besides that, they're a bit larger than the average apartment, so this is a pet for those who have some cash to spare.

        Nonetheless, quality pet, I give them a pet score of 9/10 It crab

        • Anonymous

          This along with pus of men are one of the strongest respawning enemies in the game, i'm not counting the judicator since it would not be so OP without his 1000 archer friends.

          • Anonymous

            I f**king hate the two frozen crabs in ariandel, they're harder than any goddamn boss in this game. **** attacks designed to stunlock you after every hit so you can't dodge or attack until you get hit 3 more times. You know the crackheads at FromSoft designed a garbage enemy when they make you fight two of them at the same time for artificial difficulty. DAEEEE COPY-PASTE ENEMY = GOOD DIFICULTY BALANCING ? Can't wait to see the mental gymnastics of the crab enthusiasts who are going to try to defend this bad joke of an enemy in the replies :)

            • Anonymous

              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

                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

                  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

                    "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

                      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

                        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

                          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

                            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

                              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

                                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?

                                • Anonymous

                                  There are actually three that live in the frozen lake in the Painted World. The second and third ones burrow out of the ice, you can see the first one as you approach the ice.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Always keep your shield up and don't roll to dodge everything except for grabbing. It will not guard break you so often.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Can kill the crab with fire orb from respawn spot on hill in crucification woods. You say it cant be killed by ranged but im at 30 int 29 faith. Takes 4 throws. Fastest farming ive found so far. First time through and only a little further then here in the game.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        The crabs in Smouldering Lake appear to have a fairly high resistance to fire. I tried my Great Chaos Fire Orb on one of them and it did 80 damage, as opposed to the ~500 damage I can do against the other crabs. They die fairly quickly to my Irithyll Straight Sword, though.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          I noticed that using a thrusting weapon (or even a slashing weapon) during riposte typically yields more damage, despite they're weak to strike damage during normal combat. However, the highest-damage riposte I've ever gotten was just under 2000 points, and was done using Sharp Warpick +10 (AR: 613). The Warpick is a thrusting weapon swung like a hammer, and thus utilizes the strike riposte animation, so I'm not sure if it's dealing thrust or strike during the riposte.

                                          However, I tested this against a Sharp Great Mace +10 (AR: 736), which I know will always deal strike damage, and the riposte actually yielded a lower result (around 1400). This prompted me to test with both a Chaos Four-Pronged Plow +10 (AR: 560) and a Sharp Saint Bident +10 (AR: ~400). Chaos 4-PP dealt 1800 during riposte, whereas Sharp Saint Bident did about 1700, both noticeably more than Sharp Great Mace.

                                          It seems in normal combat, strike is much stronger against them, but during riposte, I'd say any weapon that utilizes a thrusting riposte animation deals more damage. Considering the easiest way to fight them is to bait their opening for riposte, I'd say that a thrusting or slashing weapon would actually be better against them--which is unfortunate, because the Great Wooden Hammer looks exactly like a giant crab mallet.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            I always leave the docile crab in Smouldering Lake alone, lol. I'm sure the 10 other crabs will be enough to end world hunger anyway.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Why's everybody rolling through their attacks? Just get up in their grill, keep your shield up, and keep circling in the direction of their smaller arm. It only takes about 1/10 of your stamina at 40 END if it hits you with the little claw, and it's unlikely they'll break your guard. Lower your shield again when their attacking stops to regenerate stamina faster, and if you get all the way behind them, give them a whack or two. And then, of course, the moment you see them rear up, just let loose with the critical attack.

                                              Probably the ONLY time to dodge is when their mouth bubbles as they ready for a grab attack, since it completely ignores your shield, but be careful you don't dodge too soon. Also, when they try to spit at you, the constant movement to their side will prevent you from getting hit even without rolling, as long as you're close enough to them. These are both prime opportunities for counterattacks. Of course, be careful that you don't end up luring more than one crab at a time, since that immediately makes the situation plenty more dire (inevitable when fighting the frost crabs in Ariandel, unfortunately).

                                              Btw, I was using Shield of Want+5, which doesn't even have that great of a stability stat. I'm sure turtling with Moaning Shield would do just fine, as most players seem to prefer these days.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Some things I have noticed while studying the way of the Smoldering Crab. (Applies to Melee only)

                                                >I would advise keeping equip load under 70% while fighting them, you'll need the roll range. Potentially lose any shields too and two-hand your way through the fight. With enough practice and familiarity, becoming hit in the first place becomes extremely unlikely.

                                                >They don't just hate strike damage, they REALLY hate strike damage. (I used a +4 Executioner's GS @ 38 STR, two handed) Bring a strike weapon with some reach.

                                                >Their left claw, while faster, leaves them extremely open to at least two swings from a greatsword. Roll behind them, under the attack. 1st strike will hit their behind, 2nd will hit their front as they turn to face you. 3rd swing is possible, but risky. Their right claw will follow up its first attack with a second almost without fail, making rolling and countering this claw more undesirable as the left claw will not likely combo if you roll under it. The 1st swing after rolling can safely be an R2 attack if you land close enough and have a suitable moveset on it for your weapon.

                                                >If the crab is only presenting its right, larger claw, roll under its attack, then roll immediately again away from but in front of the crab. This should stop it trying to smash you with the wrong claw and allow you to bait it into using its left instead.

                                                Just my two cents, hope it helps someone new who is super intimidated by the crabs like I was when I started. Many thanks also to the other contributors here, this wiki has been such a huge help c:

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  We are born by the crab, made men by the crab, undone by the crab. Our claws are yet to open. Fear the old crab










                                                  C R A B S

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    If you go inside one of the small ruins in road of sacrifices the crabs will still attack you but will miss if you stay back and won't regen health allowing you to use ranged attacks.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      "The greenish egg sac area under the crab's mouth can be riposted for massive damage."
                                                      The wording there makes me think of E3 2006. Was it intentional?

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        "It will re-emerge with full health and be cured of status ailments if this occurs."

                                                        Giant Crabs in Road of Sacrifices can be poisoned with the Storyteller Staff, and keep the poison effect when the burrow under then ground. Tested several times in my most recent playthrough today.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Theres contradictory information here. Above, it says they cannot be poisoned, but further below it says that only the farron keep crab is immune. I've used the road of sacrifices crab to test poisons, and can confirm they are not immune.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            They may look intimidating but it's easy to roll their attacks. They will charge at you and do fast powerful attacks until they turn to face you. Dodge roll their attacks to the left after they and hit them from the sides, enough hits will stagger them and if you are quick enough to move to their front you can riposte them. When they rear up to slam you can riposte them if you stand close and hit them from the front, this means you are going to get smashed if you fail tho so make sure you are in range and directly in front. Riposting will ofc deal heavy damage but will knock them out of melee range so you have to move up to hit them while they are down meaning you can't start spamming attacks immediately after riposting.

                                                            If you pull two of them it get's a little tougher, since they have big bodies one might stand behind the other hitting through him and if you roll away from the crab in front the one in the back will recognize the distance you created as you trying to run away and will switch to the fast sideways walk accompanied by the quick smashes they do leaving you with few openings for attacks. Your best bet is to go for ripostes in this situation, dodge until you see the crab in front do the big smash and get in there for a riposte, you will be safe from the crab in the back in the riposte animation. Careful not to put too much distance between you and the crab in the back while waiting for the smash though.

                                                            The crabs in the crucifixtion woods will burrow if you hit them with ranged attacks and they can't reach you so don't bother. I am unsure if this applies to the ones you encounter in other stages of the game. The crabs in the crucifixtion woods will also not chase you outisde of the water.

                                                            Another fun fact i painfully discovered. The crabs in Smouldering Lake can follow you down the secret entrance to the demon ruins. I would not recommend fighting them in that tiny corridor however i did not do much experimenting with this as it was discovered on accident and i found myself stuck between the crab and the Ghru as i was trying to flee..

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              In farron keep there is a great crab near the Keep Ruins bonfire
                                                              you can take it down with sniper backup, if you befriended the giant archer

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                The crabs at the Depths of the Painting are a nightmare on higher new games. They almost never stagger (even 2 handing ultra greatswords), are extremely aggressive, and constantly double team you. On a level 269 with 40 VIG, 40 END, and 57 VIT wearing full Dragonslayer Armor and a Ring of Favor +2, they can 3 shot you.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Greater Swamp Crabs: If you reduce their HP to ~50% while they are not actively aggro at you (by using ranged attacks and standing out of the water), they will burrow into the swamp and reappear farther off with full HP.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    In smouldering lake there is a chance to get a friendly crab i think its a bug but i love it so much and i got video with my phone

                                                                    • I hate these enemies. For such a giant one their attacks are fast and have long range and hits very hard. Plus they are super tough to stun and even if stunned they get-up super fast. Damage dealt by us on them with a light melee weapon is so ***** bad.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        The one near the entrance to the Black Knight in Road of Sacrifices can be killed relatively easily with ranged attacks. So the cannot be killed with ranged attack info is wrong.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          You get the ring for killing both crabs without resting at a bonfire between kills, not just for killing the one near the black knight.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            I wouldn't list the drop rate for the large titanite shards as rare....or at least in smouldering lake. Clearing the area of all 8 or 9 usually gives a few at my 110 item discovery. I'd list them as uncommon (maybe just the lake)

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              I've been able to inflict poison in the greater crabs many times, both with poison throwing knives and with pyromancy.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                If you stay in their face they will more often than not start spraying water, allowing for some free hits. Depending on your equip load you can even just walk aside to not get hit. Alternating walking left and right seemed to help in order to bait the attack.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  Who thought it was a bright idea to allow the Giant Crabs to damage invaders even when they aren't seeded?

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    Smouldering Lake crabs are resistant to fire, weak to magic and immune to bleed I'd say. Was unable to bleed any with Warden Twinblades buffed with rouge

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