Arachne is an enemy in the Castlevania series. She is a mythological monster that resembles a woman from the waist up and a spider from the waist down. She spits nets of webbing that ensnare and slow down the player, also reducing their jumping ability until they wear off. Some variants also have the ability to spit poison.
In Greco-Roman mythology, Arachne was a great weaver who boasted that her skill was greater than that of Athena, goddess of wisdom and strategy. Arachne refused to acknowledge that her knowledge came, in part at least, from the goddess. Offended by Arachne's arrogance, Athena set a contest between the two weavers. The goddess was so envious of the magnificent tapestry and the mortal weaver's success, and perhaps offended by the girl's choice of subjects (the loves and transgressions of the gods), that she destroyed the tapestry and loom and slashed the girl's face. Ultimately, the goddess turned Arachne into a spider.
Arachne simply means "spider" (ἀράχνη) in Greek, and the mythical Arachne's weaving abilities are a nod toward the spider's web-spinning capabilities.
Arachne is first introduced via a memorable cutscene that takes place shortly after entering the Tunnel. After discovering the lifeless body of a villager who drowned in poisonous water, the protagonist soon arrives to another river shore where they come across with what appears to be a beautiful maiden taking a bath in the noxious waters. Looks can be deceiving, though, and as the lovely figure emerges from the water, her true nature is revealed: a horrifying monster that features the torso of a woman from the waist up and the repulsive body of a giant tarantula from the waist down.
Arachnes come armed with tridents. They spawn infinitely in certain areas and usually attack by surrounding the player whilst keeping a medium distance until they engage in close combat. They keep harassing for lengthy sections of the tunnels and frequently spit out squirts of poison from the spider head's mouth.
Exclusive to Legacy of Darkness, Queen Algenie appears as the boss of this area. She can pull the player in with her web and rapidly drain their life. She also attacks by giving birth to a myriad of small webbed creatures. After sustaining enough damage, she will ditch the egg sack she's attached to and start attacking with her limbs and by spitting poison.
|Enemy Data: Arachne|
|Image||Name - Game|
|'|| HP: 30|| Tunnel|
| HP: 30|| Tunnel|
|'|| HP: 15|| Drop: Usually Red Jewel, Gold, or Power-Up|| Tunnel|
| HP: 15|| Drop: Usually Red Jewel, Gold, or Power-Up|| Tunnel|
|This she-monster dwells in the remotest depths of the castle.|| HP: 100 for 1st form (70 on Easy), 180 for 2nd form (120 on Easy)|| Tunnel|
|'|| HP: 1|| Drop: Cure Ampoule, Red Jewel, or Roast Chicken|| Tunnel|
In Circle Of The Moon, Arachnes appear in the Catacomb along with Grizzlies once Death has been defeated. They pace back and forth and occasionally shoot spider webbings at Nathan. If one of these connects, he will get ensnared and his mobility become severely reduced for a few seconds, most likely setting him ready to be punched by the werebear and probably sent flying out of the room.
A stronger variant makes a return in the twelfth room of the Battle Arena in an overall more precarious situation, as three of them appear along a trio of Succubi. Needless to say, fighting a Succubus requires the player to make good use of their surroundings, and being slowed down by one of the Arachnes' webbings will leave Nathan at the vampiresess' mercy.
Note: Second stat listed is when encountered in the Battle Arena.
Arachnes are only encountered in Tristis Pass. They remain stationary until approached, at which point they will exclaim: "Looks delicious!", and proceed to attack. They do so by spewing little blobs that cause poisoning on contact, and can also jump backward in order to avoid attacks.
Upon death, an Arachne's abdomen will burst open and let out several spiderlings that will start crawling on the ground; these are harmless, however, and can be crushed if the player steps on them.