The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is filled to the brim with almost every type of monstrosity imaginable. From fiendish demons to ferocious trolls, Geralt of Rivia seems to face a new enemy with every step he takes. The Witcher’s most formidable tools in these encounters are not only his swords, but also his intimate knowledge of a creature’s strengths and weaknesses. It is natural that as the list of evil men and dangerous monsters expands, so does Geralt’s need for critical information.
One of the most common enemy types that Geralt will encounter on his journey through The Witcher 3 is insectoids. These unsightly creatures are found in almost every corner of the continent. The name insectoid covers a large family of creatures that includes changed, kikimore, arachasae, and giant centipedes. While each of the subspecies has several differences, they all share a similarity with various arthropods in the natural world.
Remember that all insectoids are vulnerable to insectoid oil. Use it before fighting anything in this guide!
Endrega is an extremely common creature that roams the wooded areas of Geralt’s world. The variants often form large packs and attack together.
- This is the most common form of change. Attacks in large groups, but less aggressive than drones and fighters.
- Igni and Nature overwhelm the workers, allowing for quick strikes.
- Drops: Venom Extract, Altered Embryo, Altered Heart, Lesser Blue Mutagen, Lesser Green Mutagen, Chitinous Shell, Monster Spit
- Easily identified by the bulbous tip of the tail.
- The drones are far more dangerous than the workers. They have the ability to shoot poisoned quills from their tails. This special attack will be preceded by a tremor.
- Use golden oriole potion to mitigate poison effects.
- Yrden, Axii, Aard, and Igni are all effective at slowing or stunning the drone. Use this time to attack, but watch for poison attacks.
- Drops: chitinous shell, lesser blue mutagen, lesser red mutagen, monster spit, altered armor plates.
- By far the most aggressive variant. Distinguished by its long, spiked tail which is used as a poisoned cudgel.
- Able to knock Geralt off balance with both frontal charge and tail whip. Avoiding these attacks is the most effective counter.
- Attempting to stand still and continuously hack at the warrior is often ineffective and will result in being knocked back by a tail whip.
- Both Axii and Nature will stun the warrior and leave them vulnerable to attack.
- Drops: Lesser Blue Mutagen, Lesser Green Mutagen, Chitinous Shell, Altered Heart, Altered Armor Plates, Venom Extract
The Arachasae are creatures that are based on arachnids from the natural world. These monsters vary greatly in appearance and threat level, and can be found in the caves and forests of the world.
- These large spider-like enemies can vary in shape, some are large and bulbous while others are more streamlined and armored.
- Frontal attacks are ineffective as the arach can use front pincers to dampen Geralt’s attacks. Also capable of a massive counter attack when Geralt is ahead.
- Use Yrden to slow and Axii to stun.
- The Arachas will fire a ranged attack at the web to limit Geralt’s movement. Attacks inflicted in this state can be devastating.
- Use anti-venom elixir as golden oriole to counter build up from all attacks.
- Drops: Aracha’s Eyes, Chitinous Shell, Aracha’s Venom, Lesser Red Mutagen
- The armored arachs have all the same characteristics as the basic arachs except for one important difference: a massive armored shell.
- This makes attacks from the side and rear particularly problematic. The best approach is a “strike and run” strategy targeting the vulnerable areas not covered by the shell.
- Yrden and Axii works well here too, giving Geralt time to find openings to strike.
- Drops: Aracha’s eyes, chitinous shell
- The same tactics that work on the basic arachs will also work here.
- The main difference with the poisonous arach is a special attack that allows it to release a massive cloud of poison gas.
- Look for the loosening of the build-up, which is characterized by a clear pause in the movement, and a movement similar to taking in air. When the cloud is released, the bag on the back will empty. Be aware of this bag because the creature cannot use the attack again until it is full.
- Ranged attacks such as bombs and crossbows allow Geralt to maintain distance, reducing the threat of the poison cloud.
- Drops: Aracha’s Mutagen, Aracha’s Eyes, Aracha’s Venom, Chitinous Shell
- Introduced in Hearts of stone DLC, these creatures are essentially large spiders.
- There are several size variants of this creature, although their behavior is similar in all sizes. They are mostly found in the caves and forests of north-eastern Velen.
- These spiders are extremely aggressive and like to send in their smaller variants first as the larger ones hold back and shoot their webs at Geralt. Should they catch him, the large arachnomorphs will attempt to quickly close the distance and use a devastating frontal attack.
- While the small arachnomorphs go down quickly, the larger varieties can be quite formidable. Using Axii and Nature stunning can be quite effective.
- Drops: Venom Extract, Monster Tooth, Monster Saliva, Monster Heart, Monster Hair, Monster Blood, Lesser Blue Mutagen, Lesser Green Mutagen, Chitinous Shell
The Blood and wine expansion brought several new enemies, including a returning insectoid from The Witcher: kikimores. These clever monsters behave with a hive mentality, trying to overwhelm their targets with sheer numbers. Found throughout Toussaint.
- The basic version of this insectoid. Usually attacks in large numbers accompanied by a kikimore warrior.
- Workers will spring up from underground tunnels to surprise Geralt. Look for the deforming ground.
- Unlike most insectoids, kikimores are completely immune to ONExii divorced. Use instead Irub as they are vulnerable to fire.
- Drops: Kikimore Discharge, Monster Blood, Monster Shield, Monster Heart, Monster Tooth, Monster Stomach, Chitinous Shell, Lesser Green Mutagen
- Slower than a worker, but much larger. Harder to kill.
- Fully immune to ONExii, use Irub to burn.
- Thick shell is resistant to sword damage, using ranged weapons such as bombs and crossbows can help overcome this.
- Is seen in much smaller numbers, usually surrounded by a group of kikimore workers.
- Spitting poison which actually interacts with Geralt and increases his overall total resistance to toxicity.
- Drops: Kikimore Discharge, Monster Heart, Monster Shield, Monster Tooth, Monster Tongue, Lesser Green Mutagen
Yet another addition from Blood and wine, the giant centipedes dwell in the earth beneath Toussaint, and spring forth when disturbed.
- Found exclusively in Toussaint, usually in pairs.
- Because of their thick scales, giant centipedes are virtually invulnerable everywhere except the front.
- Use Yorder often. Giant centipede battles require Geralt to wait until they get above ground. A small area of shifting dirt will reveal where they will come up next. Placement of a Yrden ring around the area will trap the animal in place, rendering it harmless for several moments.
- Centipede will use its body as a weapon, curling up before lashing out in a large area around itself.
- It’s capable of spitting acid, so keep an eye open when you’re at a distance.
- Drops: Giant Centipede Discharge, Giant Centipede Mandible, Red Mutagen, Chitinous Shell, Acid Extract, Monster Stomach, Monster Tooth, Monster Heart, Monster Shield, Monster Blood
Unique insectoid varieties
There are two insectoid variants that Geralt will encounter only once throughout his journey. These creatures are found during quests and cannot be found in the normal course of exploration.
Harrisi is a poisonous aracha that can be found during the quest “Contract: Missing Brother.” Harrisi is in an extended mine, guarding several clutches of arachas eggs. She can be fought with the same tactics Geralt uses to fight a regular poisonous aracha. The only difference is that Harris’s damage output and health pool are significantly higher.
These giant millipede varieties are found during Blood and wine the mission “Turn and Face the Strange.” Geralt is tasked with killing them to harvest a special item for the quest. These white beauties are essentially just re-skinned versions of the base enemy. While not a boss fight, what makes this fight a bit more difficult is the small area in which it takes place. Use Yrden and stay aware of where they will come across the ground.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is now available on PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC. The Next-Gen update is coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X/S on December 14.
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