The Illustrated Atlas of Insectoids provides this bestiary entry.
Bestiary entry Edit
- Barley nicked me, I'll be fine.
– Last words of an unknown hunter
- Though all arachasae are highly venomous, this breed produces an especially strong toxin. A few drops are enough to kill a grown man – unless that man is a witcher, whose mutations will neutralize small amounts of this venom. Large quantities, however, will kill anything they touch, with mutations only prolonging an inevitable and painful death in such instances.
- Venomous arachasae produce colossal amounts of this toxin and deploy it during combat in many ways. Before striking a venomous arachas will cover its pincers and teeth with a thick coating of the deadly liquid. It will then squirt the venom at its opponent to weaken it, and once locked in direct combat, will continue spraying the noxious ooze all around itself, meaning every breath brings its victim closer to death. Like other members of this species, venomous arachasae use prehensile feelers to grab and immobilize their prey. When attempting to fight such a creature a witcher should drink Golden Oriole, which will reduce his body's vulnerability to poison, and then attack from a safe distance with crossbow or bombs before dealing the finishing blows with a silver sword enhanced with a coating of insectoid oil.
Combat tactics Edit
The poison a venomous arachas secretes during combat is so toxic, simply breathing the fumes around it is enough to kill the average man and threaten the life of a witcher. Fighting this variety of arachasae up close requires Golden Oriole.
Venomous arachasae are best engaged from afar, leveraging bombs and the highest quality crossbow bolts to weaken the threat. Engage with a silver sword only when the gas bag on the back of the arachas is emptied to avoid a spray of poison.