The Witcher Netflix series Season 2 featured many monsters taken right out of the books and video games. While some feel they weren’t enough for a Witcher show, we feel season 2 will definitely do better in terms of disgusting creatures. As a fan of the books and the video games, I know plenty about monsters of The Witcher universe and I feel I should write about them; especially for those who are new to The Witcher universe and want to know more about the monsters, we can expect to see.
The Witcher universe is vast and full of monsters which means the Netflix series can have its pick. Andrzej Sapkowski, as well as CD Project RED, wrote fascinating creatures for the books and the video games. Many of those monsters are perfect for The Witcher Netflix series season 2. The following article aims to not only list down the monsters for The Witcher season 2 but also would do its best to educate the novice regarding “The Witcher.”
Table to Content
- What Is The Witcher
- How and Why Is A Witcher Created
- The inception of The Witcher Video Games
- The Table Top Game You Should Play
- The Witcher TV Shows and Film You Never Heard Of
- Top 5 Monsters From The Games
- Top 5 Monsters From The Books
- Monsters For Netflix Series Season 2
- The Witcher Season 2 Cast
What Is The Witcher
The Witcher originated as a Polish fantasy novel and a short story series. The series followed the adventures of Geralt of Rivia aka The White Wolf aka The Butcher of Blaviken. In Andrzej Sapkowski’s books, “witchers” are monster hunters who hunt the most dangerous creatures for coin. The first book released in 1993 under the title “The Last Wish.”
- The Last Wish (1993)
- Sword of Destiny (1992)
- Blood of Elves (1994)
- Time of Contempt (1995)
- Baptism of Fire (1996)
- The Tower of the Swallow (1997)
- The Lady of the Lake (1999)
- Season of Storms (2013)
All of the books provide a plethora of source material for the video games and The Witcher Netflix TV series season 2.
How and Why Is A Witcher Created
A Witcher is a “for-hire” monster hunter created after undergoing extensive training, ruthless mental and physical conditioning, and mysterious rituals at schools such as Kaer Morhen. Witchers are taken as children to be subjected to intense alchemical processes, consumption of mutagenic compounds, and intense physical training.
The inception of The Witcher Video Games
The Witcher video games date back to 1996 and 1997 when Metropolis Software developed “The Witcher,” a game based on the works of Sapkowski. However, the first The Witcher video game never saw the light of day. Soon after the turn of the century, Polish video game developer CD Projekt RED acquired the rights to develop The Witcher series of video games in 2003. The first title took 4-years to develop and got released in 2007 on PC. The Witcher got praised in Europe and North America for its intriguing storyline, memorable characters, and in-depth RPG elements.
CD Projekt RED’s The Witcher series got immense popularity with the release of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings in 2009. The game laid the foundation of what led to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the game that is praised as the RPG of the decade. Various versions of The Witcher video games made it to mobile and browser. However, the spin-off that saw the most success was Gwent: The Witcher Card game. The title turned an in-game activity from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt into a full-fledged video game.
The Table Top Game You Should Play
If you are into tabletop games, there are two that you can try. Keep in mind that finding one of them might be harder as it was released back in 2001 by MAG. The Witcher: A Game of Imagination. The second The Witcher tabletop game released in 2018 by R. Talsorian Games. If you are interested in board games, The Witcher Adventure Game might tickle your fancy.
The Witcher TV Shows and Film You Never Heard Of
Most of you heard of The Witcher Netflix adaptation but did you know, this isn’t the first time Geralt had a live-action outing? The Hexer is the title of a 2001 film and a 2002 TV show created by Marek Brodzki. Michał Żebrowski. The shows were criticized across the board, even by creator Sapkowski. You can find the show on YouTube or dig a bit on Reddit.
Top 5 Monsters From The Games
- The Wild Hunt – The Wild Hunt, or Wraiths of Mörhogg known as a cavalcade of wraiths on undead horses galloping across the world and serving an omen of war. They consist of Aen Elle elves from Tir na Lia. Their goal was to capture slaves from other worlds to serve Alder Folk but they set their eyes on Ciri due to her Elden Blood. Fun fact; in The Witcher books, Geralt was formerly a part of The Wild Hunt. However, in The Witcher 3 Geralt had no association with The Wild Hunt and protected Ciri.
- Werewolf – In the games Werewolves were a huge part of many quests and storylines.
- Vampires – Throughout the games we hear and interact with Vampires multiple times. In fact, Blood and Wine DLC is partly set around a vampire’s tale.
- Alp – These are part of the Vampiric Race and they haunt and torment men. They usually take the form of a woman but can also manifest as animals.
- Basilisk – One of the most deadly creatures, their acid, venom, claws, and teeth provide them many other ways to kill.
- Bruxa – They take the form of a dark-haired, young human, most often a woman. They prey on young men and drink their blood.
Top 5 Monsters From The Books
- Kikimore – These are an insectoid monster species that live in the swamp. We encounter this monster during the opening scene of The Witcher Season 1.
- Frighteners – This is a desert-dwelling monster that is nearly invisible. Even the Witchers avoid facing them.
- Gravier – A graveir is a type of ghoul. It looks very much like a ghoul but is considerably larger. He can also be told apart, as you can see, by these three bony combs on his skull. The rest is the same as any other corpse-eater. Take note of the short, blunt claws, adapted for digging up graves, and churning earth. Strong teeth for shattering bones and a long, narrow tongue used to lick the decaying marrow from them.
- Zeulg – This creature lives in sewage, and grows at an alarming rate. It lives near the cities and feeds on the waste produced by the city. It is always hungry and uses its giant tentacles to attack.
- Manticore – A giant beast with the body of a lion, bat wings, and scorpion tail
Monsters For Netflix Series Season 2
- Trolls – These are ugly yet goofier and lighthearted monsters. They can be pretty funny and the show can benefit from their humorous side.
- Fiend – A Giant scary monster that can only be described as a demonic elk or deer. Seeing Henry Cavill’s Geralt fight the beast would be a delight.
- Leshen – Geralt likes to hang out in the woods and you know what haunts the woods? Leshen.
- Higher Vampires – These creatures can prove to be very interesting characters for The Witcher Season 2. They are powerful, cunning, smart, but can be befriended.
- The Wild Hunt – They can play a crucial role in Season 2. One theory is that the black ones are working with The Wild Hunt to fulfill a prophecy by using Ciri. The Ciri angle in the show is heavily inspired by The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt so it won’t be surprising to see The Wild Hunt make an appearance.
This was our list, what is yours? Let us know what monsters would you like to see in The Witcher Season 2 on Netflix.