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Properties

Property Value
Combat Properties
Health 850
Experience 450
Speed 127
Est. Max Dmg 230
Summon (not possible)
Convince (not possible)
General Properties
Name Wailing Widow
Classification Arachnids
Spawn Type Regular
Illusionable
Pushable
Pushes
Elemental Properties
Physical 100%
Holy 99% or less
Death 0%
Fire 101% or more
Energy 100%
Ice 100%
Earth 0%
Drown 100%
Life Drain 0%
Immunity Properties
Paralysable
Senses Invis.
Behavioural Properties
Runs at (does not run)
Walks around Energy
Fire
Walks through Poison
Other Properties
Version 8.54
December 9, 2009
Status Active
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Wailing Widow
You see a wailing widow.

Notes

The Wailing Widow gained its name from its unusual hunting and attack methods. By letting its opisthosoma vibrate, the spider creates a variety of sounds that are used to lure or stun its prey. In addition to other more 'spider-like' abilities, they use this sonic manipulation in a way that reminds frighteningly of intelligence and purpose. Although they can survive in some kind of hibernation for unknown periods of time, they are known to be ravenously hungry whenever the opportunity arises. Such devoured extra food is almost immediately used for reproduction, and when such a population increase used up all food sources, they proceed to cannibalism, which is mirrored in their moniker 'widow'.
With the decline of the lizard empire, also the regular extermination campaigns against spider nests were stopped. This and the population growth of their favourite prey, the lancer beetle, let the number of Wailing Widows steadily increase. Strangely enough, accompanied by their growth the once reclusive spiders became more and more bold, raiding settlements and attacking far greater prey than before. It is debated if they are influenced by the land's corruption itself, or by digesting the obviously corrupted lancer beetles. Whatever theory might be correct, in the end both mean that the Wailing Widows have turned into a considerable threat to explorers of unknown areas and also to some remote settlements.

It can be tamed by using a Sweet Smelling Bait with a chance of fail, or by using a Music Box with a 100% succes rate. These can be found with Lancer Beetles in the Zao Wailing Widow Cave. These creatures can be particularly dangerous when you are fighting other creatures because they make you Drunk. The only rare item a Wailing Widow drops is the Wailing Widow's Necklace, which is useless aside from the fact that it is sellable for 3000 gold.

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Abilities

Melee (0-120) (poisons you), Self-Healing, Stalagmite (60-110), Life Drain Berserk (40-70), Musical Explosion (causes Drunkenness), Strong Haste.

Damage Taken From Elements

  • Physical
    +0%
  • Holy
    -1%
  • Death
    -100%
  • Fire
    +1%
  • Energy
    +0%
  • Ice
    +0%
  • Earth
    -100%

Behaviour

Fights in close combat and uses abilities pretty often. A wailing widow never retreats.

Strategy

These creatures are typically found in groups. They aren't particularly strong so just focus on dealing damage quick. Knights: Knights are the best vocation as far as hunting these profitably goes. They use fairly weak attacks and their melee is pretty benign against a knight leveled 60 to 85.

Paladins: Paladins should kill these last while hunting in the Zao Wailing Widow Cave or any other place with both Lancer Beetles and focus on their firepower on the Lancer Beetles first as they decrease distance fighting heavily. Aside from that, these should be very easy to kill and hunting them with Royal Spears should prove to be profitable.

Mages: Sorcerers and Druids should group these creatures up along with other creatures nearby and use area spells and runes (such as Fire Wave, Ice Wave, and Great Fireball). When killing a lone Wailing Widow, Mages should use Fire Based attacks (such as Flame Strike and Fireball)

Loot

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