What Was the Water Monster in ‘The Witcher’ Season 3? Meet the Aeschna

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Even though a good part of season 3 of ‘The Witcher’ explored the political side of the Continent and how many different people were trying to get their hands on Ciri, we also know that this is still a dark fantasy series with many monsters. Of course, we did see our fair share of monsters, and the best part was that Ciri was involved in the monster-fighting action. This included a scene involving a water monster they fought on the way to Aretuza. So, what was the water monster in ‘The Witcher’ season 3?

The monster that Geralt and Ciri fought on the ship was an Aeschna, a water-based monster with skin that’s incredibly rough and covered in spikes. It also has a prehensile tail that it uses as a weapon. The biggest weakness of an Aeschna is the tender part on the back of its skull.

Even though the monsters in part 1 of season 3 of ‘The Witcher’ weren’t as abundant as the monsters we saw in the previous season, this season still includes monster-slaying scenes. It just so happened that an Aeschna was on the wrong end of a monster fight involving the duo of Geralt and Ciri. Now, let’s look at what we know about Aeschnae. 

What is an Aeschna?

Part 1 of season 3 of ‘The Witcher’ had a lot of political implications because different nations and groups acted in their own interests to acquire Ciri, who was under the protection of Geralt and Yen. However, while that may be true, there were still monsters that the Witchers needed to slay, especially when they were endangering people. It just so happened that a monster appeared out of nowhere during the time when Geralt and Ciri were on their way to Aretuza in episode 4 of season 3.

In that scene, Geralt and Ciri are on a barge on its way to Aretuza. Meanwhile, Jaskier was too busy dealing with his rival, Valdo Marx, who was boasting about getting invited to sing at the ball in Aretuza. That was when Geralt and Ciri noticed that something was going on in the water.

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Ciri remarked that, based on the ripples in the water, it was an Aeschna stalking the barge. Geralt was impressed by what Ciri said because she seemed to have studied well enough to know the different habits of different monsters, even if she hadn’t seen some of them. But what is an Aeschna?

According to Ciri’s description, an Aeschna is a water-based creature with rough and spiky skin that protects it from attacks. This makes the Aeschna difficult to kill as most swords won’t be able to penetrate through its skin. The only weakness is a soft spot on the back of its head.

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When the Aeschna appeared in the episode, it resembled a reptilian creature with sharp teeth, strong limbs, and a prehensile tail that it used to grab people. The Aeschna also has a fin that helps it navigate the waters. And even though this creature is amphibious, it seems capable of moving incredibly well on solid ground.

In the games and the books, however, the Aeschna is quite different because of the fact that it is more of a worm-like creature. The Aeschna in the source material is still the same as the one in the live-action series because it has bumpy and rough skin. However, it resembles more of an overgrown stump covered in algae than the reptilian-like amphibious creature we saw in ‘The Witcher.’

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Another big difference between the source material and the series versions of the Aeschna is that the one in the books and the games have ten paws. They also use the mist as cover to attack ships and barges. Of course, because they like to use the mist as cover, the Aeschna in the source material doesn’t come out during the day as they are vulnerable in the sunlight. However, the Aeschna in ‘The Witcher’ didn’t have trouble attacking the ship during the day.

What happened to the Aeschna in ‘The Witcher’ season 3?

When Geralt and Ciri were talking about the Aeschna, they didn’t seem too troubled about its presence as they weren’t expecting it to attack the ship unless there was a reason for it to do so. However, Valdo Marx’s musical group suddenly started singing to try to one-up Jaskier while they were on their way to Aretuza. Ciri warned them to stop singing because this would only attract the attention of the Aeschna.

The musicians, however, didn’t heed Ciri’s warning, as the Aeschna’s tail suddenly grabbed one of the musicians and slammed him on the ship, injuring him in the process. This led to an all-out fight involving Geralt and Ciri, who wanted to keep the ship safe from the wrath of the angry Aeschna.

When Geralt and Ciri were still discussing the Aeschna, Ciri told Geralt how to approach this creature. She said it was better to fight it in close quarters and find an opening that would allow them to kill it from above. That way, the ship’s and people’s damage would be minimized.

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That was what they did when they fought the Aeschna. Ciri fought it from the front while Geralt tried to weaken it by attacking its powerful tail. When Geralt managed to cut off its tail, he attracted its attention. This allowed Ciri to reach high ground, the best way to approach an Aeschna.

Geralt didn’t seem troubled about the creature approaching it as he trusted that Ciri was on her way to slay the beast. At the right moment, Ciri jumped onto the back of the Aeschna, stabbing the back of its head with her sword. This allowed her to kill the creature without causing too much damage to the ship and ensuring that none of the people onboard were killed.

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The battle with the Aeschna seemed more like training for Ciri than an actual life-and-death situation, as Geralt trusted his apprentice well enough throughout the entire fight. He was impressed that she seemed naturally talented as a Witcher instead of a mage.

Of course, the Aeschna is still a formidable creature that would have killed anyone. But it just so happened that Geralt and Ciri had the knowledge and skills to defeat this monster while minimizing collateral damage in the process.

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