Ettercaps appear to be spider-like humanods with grey to purple skin, they are hunched over and have white bellies that hang from their abdomen. Their faces have several eyes, sharp spider-like fangs, and large chitinous claws.Some theorize that ettercaps are the mutated descendants of mad druids who associated with demons and revered spiders. This theory is supported by the rare encounters with ettercaps that retain some human intelligence and habits. Most ettercaps, however, rely solely on animal instinct.
- "Although not very intelligent, Ettercaps are cunning predators. Like the monstrous spiders that they keep as pets, they are skilled hunters and trappers."
Ettercaps are monsters from Dungeons & Dragons and can be found in many campaigns, including the Neverwinter Nights computer game. The appearance of ettercaps has changed in each edition of the Dungeons & Dragons Monster Compendium.