I’m sure there was a time when witches were just haggard old women looking to feast on children, curse villages and generally keep to themselves before being drowned in a rigged test, that would result in death no matter what the outcome. These days witches are good, bad, young, old, ugly, sexy, pink or green. It’s hard to know what you are up against. Well fear not, as I have compiled a handy list of 11 witches in gaming you need to look out for.
Queelag | Dark Souls
Quelaag once lived with her mother, the Witch of Izalith. After the Flame of Chaos incident, Queelag escape being turned into a demon, instead having her lower torso bound to a giant spider. Whilst the spider part freaks me right out, the top half is actually pretty easy on the eye.
Bayonetta | Bayonetta
Bayonetta voiced by Hellena Taylor is a witch who shape shifts and uses various weapons, along with magical attacks she performs with her own hair. She looks like a leather clad biker babe from hell but even her clothes are made out of her enchanted hair. Bayonetta is a true badness and one of the best games on the Nintendo platforms.
The Witch | Left for dead
The witches in Left For Dead are one of the ‘special infected’ characters with elongated fingers, super human strength and particular dislike for bright light. Unlike most infected they tend to play possum and look like survivors until players are up close. Apparently they also like the smell of sugar…
Witches of Crookback Bog | The Witcher
There are plenty of witches to choose from in The Witcher series but one particular coven that stood out where the Witches of Crookback Bog who start off a beautiful naked ladies boiling a cauldron the severed body parts before turning into shrouded hags of varying size and shape.
Gruntilda | Banjo Kazooie
Gruntilda Winkybunion (sometimes called Grunty) is the main antagonist of the Banjo-Kazooie series. She is a classically style wicked witch with green skin, a black pointy hat and magical spells that are capable of doing pretty much anything. She also enjoys rhyming…
Mizrabel | Castle of Illusion
In the Castle of Illusion, Mizrabel appears to be a combination of the Queen Grimhilde from Snow White and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. Mizrabel kidnaps Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse has to venture through her castle to rescue her. She also makes an appearance as the main antagonist of Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion.
Baba Yaga | Rise of the Tomb Raider
The Temple of The Witch DLC for Tomb Raider revolves around the Russian Baba Yaga myth — a witch that lives in a house raised up on giant bird legs. The DLC is a min game in itself, there is a mystery to be solved, a supernatural question, a few puzzles, some stealth and some traversal, all capped off with a fantastic multi-level boss fight.
Witch of Hemwick | Bloodborne
This slow moving hunchback hag looks amazing, all covered in skulls brandishing her magic staff, but don’t let her snail like movement put you into a false sense of security; not only can she disappear and reappear around the map but she is also heavy guarded by dreadlocked demons eager to slice and dice you.
Baba Yaga | Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
It’s Baba again, and this time she is a batty old gran looking to enlist your services to get a rose to become young again. Baba Yaga mixes the classic witch look with that of a witch doctor. Baba’s clothes are old and tattered adorned with shrunken heads and bones but she is definitely one of my favourites.
Alicia | Bullet Witch
In the distant future of 2013, mankind is on the brink of destruction, having suffered major natural disasters and an invasion of demons. The witch Alicia Claus (no relation to Santa) utilizes a g’unrod’ which resembles a broomstick that transforms into a shotgun, machine gun, and Gatling gun. (It’s more of a ‘broomstick’ then). This weapon can also be used to cast magical spells to kill demons. Fun fact: Alicia appeared topless in the 2007 video game Preview in Playboy Magazine.
Flemeth | Dragon Age
Flemeth was a beautiful young witch who cheated on her husband. The lover was killed and she was imprisoned. Whilst incarcerated, she summoned a spirit to wreak vengeance upon her husband. Vengeance, she received, but not as she planned. The spirit took possession of her, turning Flemeth into an abomination. A twisted, maddened creature, she slaughtered Conobar and all his men, and fled back into the Wilds.
So there you have it, 11 wonderful witches from the weird world of gaming. Who did I miss, which is your favourite?