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Arachno-claws in Godzilla vs. Kong. This image has been brightened for clarity.
An Arachno-claw in King Kong (2005)
Alternate names ArachnoclawKK05, Arachno ClawKK05,
Rock CritterGvK,[1][2] Rock CreatureGvK,[3]
Lava CrabsGvK,[4] Rock CrabsPUBG,[5]
lava creatureGvK,[6] crab-creatureGvK novel
Species Giant insect (Arachnocidis)KK05,
giant crustacean-like vertebrateGvK
Height 52 feet / ~16 metersGvK[3]
Length 4 to 6 feetKK05
Average weight 11,000 metric tons (Northern)GvK,[3]
7,400 metric tons (Southern)GvK[3]
Place(s) of emergence Skull IslandKK05, Hollow EarthGvK
Allies Other Arachno-claws, CarnictisKK05,
Weta-rexKK05, DeplectorKK05
Enemies HumansKK05, FoetodonGvK
First appearance Latest appearance
King Kong (2005) Godzilla vs. Kong

Arachno-claws are arthropod creatures who first appeared in the 2005 film King Kong. A second version of the creatures appeared in the 2021 MonsterVerse film Godzilla vs. Kong.

Name[edit | edit source]

According to artist Ken Barthelmey, the Arachno-claws had no name during the production of Godzilla vs. Kong.[1] Their identity was only revealed in the film's English audio description.[7][8] They have been given various other nicknames by different sources: Rock Critters by Barthelmey,[1] the film's art book, and a display at Godzilla Interception Operation Awaji;[2] Rock Creature (ロッククリーチャー,   Rokku Kurīchā) by the film's Japanese theater program; Lava Crabs by VFX supervisor John DesJardin;[4] lava creature by artist Xander Smith;[6] Rock Crabs in PUBG Mobile;[5] and crab-creatures in the film's novelization.

Design[edit | edit source]

In King Kong, Arachno-claws resemble a mixture of a crayfish and a spider. They have six legs and a pair of pincers. They have two antennae on their heads and dark brown glassy eyes. Their whole body is covered with a crab-like armor.

In Godzilla vs. Kong, Arachno-claws are more crab-like, with carapaces that resemble boulders when half-submerged in the ground. They have both endo- and exoskeletons as they are vertebrate-crustacean hybrids, pincers with claws, and bony, beak-like mouths.

Personality[edit | edit source]

The Arachno-claws from Godzilla vs. Kong are classified by Monarch as "destroyers," alongside the likes of King Ghidorah, the Warbats, and more.[3]

Ecology[edit | edit source]

In the universe of the 2005 King Kong remake, Arachno-claws laid their microscopic eggs in carrion of the chasm floor, but most were either eaten by carrion eaters, or drowned in the slime that coated the pit's bottom. They were then ingested by Carnictis, in the guts of which they hatched and lived as stomach parasites until they pupated and emerged from the rectum as miniature adults, already capable of scavenging for food.

Upon the examination of the stomach contents of Hollow Earth Arachno-claw specimens, traces of several minerals including granite, peridotite, magnesium and iron were discovered.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

King Kong (2005)[edit | edit source]

Arachno-claws were present along with several Carnictises and Weta-rexes in the chasm into which several Venture crew members were sent plummeting by King Kong. One Arachno-claw grabbed a Venture crew member, then the other two tore him apart.

MonsterVerse[edit | edit source]

Godzilla vs. Kong[edit | edit source]

As Kong dashed through the Hollow Earth, his footfalls awakened dozens of Arachno-claws half-submerged in the earth. As they scrambled to hide one was swiftly snatched up by a Foetodon.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Movement[edit | edit source]

In Godzilla vs. Kong, Arachno-claws average a top land speed of 52 miles per hour, or roughly 84 kilometers per hour.[3]

Burrowing[edit | edit source]

The Hollow Earth Arachno-claws can also burrow beneath the ground at average speeds of 36 miles per hour, or roughly 58 kilometers per hour. As a result of this burrowing, the creatures can generate magnitude 2.4 earthquakes.[3]

Physical abilities[edit | edit source]

Pincers[edit | edit source]

Arachno-claws have a pair of strong pincers. In Godzilla vs. Kong, these pincers have a clamping force of 5,400 pounds per square inch, or roughly 37,200 kilopascals.[3]

Camouflage[edit | edit source]

In Godzilla vs. Kong, Arachno-claws use their boulder-like carapaces to blend in with the ground of the Hollow Earth to hide from predators.

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

According to the Godzilla vs. Kong theater program, the Hollow Earth Arachno-claws are capable of three unspecified maneuvers: Pincer Bomb (ピンサー爆弾), Scatter Cutter (スキャッターカッター), and Boulder Dash (ボールダーダッシュ).[3]

Video games[edit | edit source]

  • PUBG Mobile (2021) - Android and iOS
  • Call of Duty: Warzone (2022) - Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S [cave painting]
  • Call of Duty: Vanguard (2022) - Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S [cave painting]

Books[edit | edit source]

Kong: The 8th Wonder of the World[edit | edit source]

While hiding under tree roots in a jungle clearing, Ann Darrow was set upon by an Arachno-claw before running away and being rescued by Kong.

King Kong (2005)[edit | edit source]

When the Carnictis crawled out of the earth to attack the crew of the Venture, the Arachno-claws came out of the darkness to seize the opportunity. After Jack Driscoll stabbed a Carnictis to death, two Arachno-claws approached from behind as several others devoured Lumpy and Choy. Filled with rage and despair, Carl Denham began to smash the attacking crab-spiders apart with a club. The survivors tried to stave the creatures off, but were quickly surrounded with Arachno-claws and other creatures emerging from their burrows. However, gunfire from above saved them as other humans began blasting the bugs apart with bullets, forcing them to retreat.

Godzilla vs. Kong: The Official Movie Novelization[edit | edit source]

The Arachno-claws act the same as they do in the film, although they are attacked by several Foetodons instead of just one.

Comics[edit | edit source]

King Kong: The 8th Wonder of the World[edit | edit source]

When the crew of the Venture was pushed by Kong into the Skull Island chasm, the Carnictis and Weta-rex came to prey on them. As the lesser predators were scared off by gunfire, the Arachno-claws moved in, but when one attacked Jack Driscoll, it was shot to death by the rescue party.

References[edit | edit source]

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