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 slow down the player and reduce 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 into the series via a memorable cutscene that takes place shortly after entering the Tunnel. After finding 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 lady taking a bath in the noxious waters. Looks can be deceiving, though, and as the lovely figure emerges from the water, she reveals her true nature: a horrifying monster that boasts 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.
Found at the end of the Tunnel, Queen Algenie can pull the player in with her web and drain their life immediately. She also attacks with smaller webbed creatures. After sustaining enough damage, she will start attacking with her limbs and spit 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 they connect, his mobility will become severely compromised for a few seconds, most likely setting him ready to be punched by the were-bear and probably sent flying out of the room.
A stronger variant makes its 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 vampires' mercy.
Note: Second stat listed is when encountered in the Battle Arena.
In Aria of Sorrow, Arachnes appear in the Study. Here they wait for Soma to approach, then shoot a barrage of needles at him. If Soma attacks quickly or gets too close, Arachne will back-dash away from him. Their soul allows Soma to shoot forth a spider web.
In Order of Ecclesia, Arachnes appear on Tristis Pass. They remain stationary until Shanoa approaches them, at which point they will say: "Looks delicious!", and then proceed to attack. They can back-dash, but it is more like a back-jump. They also fire little poison spheres that cause poisoning. Their skin is blue and their female face is only fully visible when they turn. Upon death, an Arachne's body bursts and draws forth several spiderlings on the ground, which are actually harmless and can be crushed easily once Shanoa steps on them.