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In the novels, echinopsae are depicted as animals (not man-eating plants, as in the game). They are described as monsters covered in long and very sharp spines. They can shoot these up to a distance of ten feet. On impact, the spines shatter and the pieces work their way ever deeper into the body of the victim. Their spines are so long that when they are immobile, echinops resemble clumps of grass.

In The Witcher computer game[]

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Echinopsae grow in places where crimes have been committed or on the graves of the victims of such crimes
Immune to any effects which influence the mind (fear, stun, Axii sign); they feel no pain and can neither be poisoned, blinded, knocked down nor bled to death
Echinopsae are sensitive to silver and highly susceptible to incineration attempts
Echinopsae are rooted to the ground, but they shoot with poisoned thorns
Echinops rootstock

Unlike the novels, Echinopsae in the game are huge, carnivorous plants. see also Archespore

Journal Bestiary Entry[]

"Echinopsae are monstrous plants born of curses which grow in places where terrible crimes have been committed if the crime in question was never atoned for. The beasts try to take their vengeance on criminals, but they do not spare the lives of innocents who haplessly enter their territory."




  • Their remains will not contain Echinops Rootstock unless you have this bestiary entry.
  • Like a lot of the floral life presented in the game and the books, Echinops can be found in the real world, too: it is the genus of both the daisy family Asteraceae and Madagascarian mammal family Tenrecidae.

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