Alp

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An alp ("alpor" in The Last Wish) is a type of higher vampire, a creature that thrives on blood. In the short story, "A Grain of Truth", Geralt asked Vereena if she was an "alpor".

In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt[edit | edit source]

Alps
Tw3 journal alp.png
Details
Class
Vampire
Occurrence
Toussaint
Vulnerable to
Moon dust bombs
Vampire oils
Black blood potions
Yrden
Loot
Vampire blood
Vampire fang
Vampire saliva
Blue mutagen
Monster brain
Monster bone
Monster claw
Monster ear
Monster eye
Monster hair
Monster heart
Monster liver
Monster stomach
Monster tongue

The bestiary entry for alps can be obtained by reading Alps – Bruxae's Dangerous Cousins.

Bestiary entry[edit | edit source]

Looked like a bruxa, but that was no bruxa…
– fragment of a conversation between the ealdorman of Falkoane and a witcher.
Alps are vampires that resemble bruxae in appearance. They are called phantoms by some, a name which fits well enough, for like phantoms they haunt and torment men. They usually take on the form of a woman, though they can also appear as animals. They are most often found prowling near villages. They attack at night and are most active when the moon is full. Alp saliva can make one fall asleep, and when applied to a sleeping man, can invoke horrible nightmares. Some suggest they are the cause of legends about men who go to sleep healthy and are found in the morning white as snow, not a drop of blood in their veins.
In combat alps display supernatural speed and incredible (even by vampire standards) stamina. One must aim one’s sword with great precision, for alps are unequaled in the art of evading blows. The Yrden Sign is recommended, for it weakens an alp’s defenses. Another strategy is to drink the Black Blood potion, for alps suck the blood of their victims to deprive them of strength and regenerate their own powers.
Unlike bruxae, alps cannot turn invisible, yet like bruxae, they emit a shrieking noise whose shock wave can incapacitate. Their greatest asset is their agility and they can leap with uncanny lightness that appears to border on the power of flight. When in human form, they easily blend in with the surrounding community, which makes them very dangerous indeed.

In The Witcher computer game[edit | edit source]

Alp
Bestiary Alp full.png
Details
Class
Vampire
Occurrence
Alps lurk in caves, ruins and abandoned houses, always near human settlements
Immunity
They are fearless and resistant to stun attempts.
Susceptibility
Sensitive to silver and Vampire Oil
Tactics
Alps attack by surprise, try to daze their victims and drink their blood
Alchemy
Abomination lymph
Naezan salts
Alp fangs

Journal Bestiary Entry[edit | edit source]

"No other monster inspires so many myths and fallacies as the alp. People believe that this vampire is able to turn into a black dog or a venomous toad. They mistake alps for succubi, believing them to be lecherous and inclined to seduce handsome young men. Folk tales describe their charm and their beautiful, seductive voices, as well as their loathing of virgins. What is true beyond any doubt is that they move noiselessly and attack by surprise, rarely giving their victims as much as a chance to scream in terror."

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Sources[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Though alp remains always have a chance to contain Naezan salts, they will not contain Alp fangs without an Alp entry in the journal's bestiary.
  • All alps are female in appearance, though not possessing the beauty of their bruxa cousins. In particular, their elbows seem oddly disjointed, which detracts from an otherwise shapely model.
  • The alp's model is one of several that are censored in North American game editions.

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Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Alp is vampiric creature from German folklore known for its shapeshifting abilities. Its name is variation on the word "elf".