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

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    • Anonymous

      01 Oct 2021 21:31  

      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

        23 Aug 2021 19:38  

        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

          18 May 2021 10:05  

          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

            13 Dec 2020 19:57  

            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 09:54  

              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 04:55  

                "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

                  09 Apr 2020 23:23  

                  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

                    30 Dec 2019 23:19  

                    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 11:22  

                      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.

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