Simple and straightforward, the bodies of Barrel Spiders are composed of an ordinary wooden brown barrel, which enables them, when at rest, to blend in with environments that contain barrels. When a Barrel Spider is struck, four purple and pale pink legs that end in sharp talons burst from the sides; a fifth piece also chips away to reveal a sinister glowing yellow eye that allows whatever resides within the barrel to see where it is going. The Barrel Spider has a relative, the Pot Spider, with a similar appearance and behavior. The Barrel Spider gets its name from resembling a wooden barrel with typical spider-like legs protruding from holes in the sides.
Because of their explosive properties, it's best to avoid close range battles with them; and instead use Fire, or Blizzard magic on them. However, you can use their explosive properties to your advantage to stun groups of enemies. Before showing their true form as a Heartless , attacking a suspected barrel with magic can reveal whether or not it is a Barrel Spider. If the barrel blows up, it is not a Barrel Spider, but if it doesn't, it is.