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Spider (or Aberth, name given by fans) is an unused colossus that was nearly completed. His name was given by the developers as it looks like a daddy longleg.

Fumito Ueda said the following in an interview about Spider's removal from the game: 'Spider was meant to be defeated by slashing it with your sword while riding Agro, but that would have required us to put in a special motion just to battle that Colossus, so I didn’t think it was very elegant' [1].

Strategy

According to the artbook 'it was defeated by leading it from water to land', so the location of the battle was near a watery area. As stated above, Spider's weak spots were on its legs and after Wander had hit (and perhaps shot) all six of them, it would have 'destroyed its posture' and caused it to fall. The player would then run up to where Spider fell down and be able to jump into his open mouth and stab its major sigil(s). This probably had to be repeated at least once.
Shadow of the Colossus - OPM demo compilation20:15

Shadow of the Colossus - OPM demo compilation

At 0:58, Wander can be seen sweeping his sword on horseback, in the OPM demo.

The player also had to evade its legs for they were used to attack. In the OPM demo of the game, Wander had the ability to swing his sword sideways while on horseback. This was the main way to target its legs.

Rumors

It is rumored that there were other reasons for removing Spider from the game. It is said that the battle was too difficult, because the colossus had an instant kill attack and hitting its legs while moving through the area with Agro was deemed too hard.

Nickname

The name fans gave to this unused colossus, Aberth, is Welsh for "Sacrifice". It is unknown why this particular name was chosen, but it may have something to do with the removal of the flawed colossus being considered a "sacrifice" to ensure the game underwent a smooth release.

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The Game Shadow of the Colossus ( Demo  · Pal Release  · Shadow of the Colossus HD )
Characters Wander  · Agro  · Mono  · Dormin  · Emon
The Colossi I  · II  · III  · IV  · V · VI  · VII  · VIII  · IX  · X  · XI  · XII  · XIII  · XIV  · XV  · XVI
Unused Colossi ( Devil  · Griffin  · Monkey  · Phoenix  · Roc  · Sirius  · Spider  · Worm )
Magic Sigil  · Hard Mode
The Forbidden Lands Shadow creaturesSave shrinesFruit treesWhite-tailed lizards

The Shrine of Worship
Umbral GladeStone Arch GorgeDried MarshNorthern SpanDesert FortressMisty FallsRavine EntranceHalf-moon CanyonWestern PlainRound Stone HillLair to the WestStone Bridge CliffCliff PathLair on the MesaWestern CapeArch Bridge PlainBlasted LandsAutumn ForestEastern BluffValley PlainSouthwestern CapeSouthern PlainGreen CapeThe Broken Seal

Soundtrack Roar of the Earth
Walkthrough Time Attack
Other media Nico  · Official artbook/guidebook  · Collectible figurines  · Film adaptation
Giantology campaign
Hoaxes Jebal-Barez skeletonTamil Nadu tsunami giantSulu Sea eel statuePolarneft conspiracySayre family vacation
Characters Eric BelsonCasper ShillingEd GuylerArkady SimkinBoris AtlasovAndrew and Ellie Sayre
Media Giantology podcasts (FirstInterview with Arkady SimkinThirdFourth) • IPICP memo

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