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Devourer

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They say the tale of Baba Yaga was devised by a man who happened upon a devourer. If so, a disclaimer is required: the tale was softened. It provides only a faint idea of what can happen to a stray traveller who should have the misfortune of passing near a devourer's lair.

I looked for the words "Witcher urgently needed". And then there'd be a sacred site, a dungeon, necropolis or ruins, forest ravine or grotto hidden in the mountains, full of bones and stinking carcasses. Some creatures which lived to kill, out of hunger, for pleasure, or invoked by some sick will. A manticore, wyvern, fogler, aeschna, ilyocoris, chimera, leshy, vampire, ghoul, graveir, werewolf, giant scorpion, striga, black annis, kikimora, vypper... so many I've killed.
— pg(s). 116, The Last Wish (UK edition)
— pg(s). 148, The Last Wish (US edition)
They told me about a black annis who has its hideout somewhere in these woods, a little house on a chicken-claw tripod.
— pg(s). 125, The Last Wish (UK edition)
— pg(s). 160, The Last Wish (US edition)


Note[edit | edit source]

In Danusia Stok's translations, devourers are called "black annis".

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

In The Witcher 3, devourers are a variation of rotfiends.

In The Witcher computer game[edit | edit source]

Devourer
Bestiary Devourer full.png
Details
Class
Necrophage
Occurrence
Devourers are scavengers which live near human settlements, usually in caves and ruins
Immunity
Immune to conventional poisons and resistant to knockdown attempts
Susceptibility
Sensitive to silver and Necrophage Oil
Tactics
Devourers try to knock down their victims and eat them alive
Alchemy
Shadow Dust
Cadaverine
Albar's crystals
Devourer teeth

Journal Bestiary Entry[edit | edit source]

"Devourers are often called night witches, because they resemble old, ugly women and are famous for their witch-like viciousness. These creatures gorge themselves on human flesh; although they willingly eat carcasses, above all they crave flesh that is fresh and warm. Devourers hunt after dark in groups that peasants refer to as sabbaths. They like to deceive their victims and torture them, but there is no truth to the tales of their midnight flights on broomsticks and their gingerbread houses."

Location[edit | edit source]

Sources[edit | edit source]

  • In Chapter IV, during the Temptation quest, agreeing to help the Blacksmith (rather than refusing with the, "Sorry but I promised your wife," line) will give Geralt a bestiary entry for Devourers and their alchemical components, if you do not have the information already. You will still be able to complete the quest for either the Blacksmith or his wife.
  • The Tome of Fear and Loathing, volume II

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Devourer remains will not contain Shadow Dust or Devourer Teeth without a Devourer entry in the journal's bestiary.
  • Devourers can be found only in Chapter IV.
  • The devourer is one of several models that are censored in the North American game editions.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Monsterbook[edit | edit source]

Developer CD Projekt's characterization of the devourer taken from the Monsterbook, which was enclosed with the Collectors Edition of the computer game The Witcher for Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic:

Like the noonwraith, this monster is strongly rooted in Slavic lore. It began with a name mentioned by Sapkowski; the idea that the devourer should resemble an old, menacing woman followed soon after. The artist strove to create the ugliest possible hag, and thus was born the devourer. In its final form, the devourer is a hag with a wonderfully hooked nose, drooping breasts and a swollen, wrinkled belly. Its open mouth curves into a spiteful grin, and the protruding tongue and pulled back hair make it resemble a dog panting after a chase.

The devourer embodies children's nightmares of a mischievous, sadistic witch waiting to carry off naughty children.
In this illustration of one of Geralt's flashbacks, the witcher defends a boy from a devourer. The way she glares at the urchin explains the fear in his eyes.


"( ... ) creatures which lived to kill, out of hunger, for pleasure, or invoked by some sick will. A manticore, wyvern, fogler, aeschna, ilyocoris, chimera, leshy, vampire, ghoul, graveir, werewolf, giant scorpion, striga, black annis, kikimora, vypper... so many I've killed."
— pg(s). 116, The Last Wish (UK edition)
— pg(s). 148, The Last Wish (US edition)