Kikimore workers are resourceful, cautious, and as industrious as ants. It is hard to believe that these spider-like creatures have so few admirers willing to observe and emulate them. Perhaps this is because researchers and collectors of insects seldom return from expeditions to kikimore colonies, and thus never disseminate their findings about these splendid creatures.
Kikimores are an insult to the gods, the filthiest creatures on Earth. They are repulsive in their resemblance to spiders, and even the smallest of them, the workers, are dangerous.' So say the uneducated, superstitious and stupid. The truth is far different! Kikimore workers rarely appear near human settlements, and even then they only attack when threatened. Is there anything more beautiful than a kikimore - a symbol of hard work, resourcefulness and caution? Master Dorregaray, The Wonderful World of Insectoids
In Chapter III, in daytime, if Geralt speaks with both a neutral (blue) "Guard Knight" at the Town Hall region in the Trade Quarter and an "Armored guardsman" north of John Natalis Square (near Triss' house) they will tell him of a more shy spider-like monster. These conversation unlock kikimore workers, along with kikimore claws. You may need to save and reload a few times in order to get the correct dialogue as they will not always give the right, or potentially any, information.
The old fool came home all black and blue, claiming kikimores had attacked him in the woods. Who does he take me for?! His mates worked him over because he'd cheated at gwent. If it'd been kikimores, he'd be dead. And I'd have peace at last. – Lavinia, wife of a Beauclair innkeeper
Kikimores form colonies, making them similar to communal insects such as ants. A kikimore colony is ruled by a queen and organized into something of a social hierarchy. Kikimore workers take care of hunting food and bringing it back to the nest, while kikimore warriors defend the nest against attackers.
A worker on its own can be easily killed by even a weak person or a child. It is rare indeed, however, to come across an isolated individual, for kikimore workers usual move in groups of a few to a dozen or so members. The only defense against a swarm of kikimores available to a normal person is to flee. And not even that is guaranteed to work.
Kikimore workers listen to orders given by kikimore warriors. On command, a swarm of workers might begin burrowing tunnels near potential prey to allow for a surprise mass attack. Eliminate the warrior guiding a swarm, however, and the workers will disperse and cease digging.
Kikimore workers are nimbler and quicker than warrriors.
They show complete immunity to the Axii Sign, and when they dig tunnels, they are invulnerable to all the other Signs as well. Poison also does them no harm.
A good method for fighting them is to use the Igni Sign as well as oils and bombs meant to damage insectoids.