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Spider Queen
SpiderQueen
Race/Species Demon (Jorōgumo)
Gender Female
Appearance(s) Ōkami
Location(s) Tsuta Ruins
Ark of Yamato
Weakness(es) Power Slash
Vine
Attack method Body slam
Bull rush
Energy orbs
Poison attack
Web spit
Weapon(s) Web
Orochi apparitions
Arms
Poison
Reward(s) Snarling Beast
Background music Geisha Spider's Extermination
Are you that dog that has been sniffing about? I will not allow you to ruin my master's triumphant return!

—Spider Queen

The Spider Queen (「女郎蜘蛛/上臈蜘蛛」?; jorōgumo; lit. prostitute spider/noblewoman spider) is the boss of Tsuta Ruins and the first boss in Ōkami. She takes the form of a giant spider with a woman's head and torso. She has no eyes on her face; instead, her eyes are located in her flower-like abdomen. She can create webs and appears to be able to harness some of Orochi's power in battle.

Story

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Strategy

The Queen's hide is very tough, so she will be close to invulnerable until her weak points are exposed. She will attack by shooting a web, conjuring an apparition of Orochi to shoot a powerful orb of energy (this attack is not used very often), or slamming into the ground. She will also occasionally summon an egg-like object, which, if not destroyed, will allow her to perform a devastating poisonous attack. The object must be Power Slashed , which will stun the Queen and expose her abdomen.
SQueenFlower

The exposed abdomen.

It is then revealed that the Queen's abdomen has several hooks which can be grabbed using Vine. Her abdomen
Spider queen

The Spider Queen fighting Amaterasu.

will open after vines have been attached on at least two of the hooks (three if she is battled in the rematch on the Ark of Yamato). However, Amaterasu must note that it is not necessary to wait until after destroying the poison egg to use Vine. As long as the hooks are in sight, she can use Vine on them with the same degree of effectiveness. Her eyes will then be exposed and must be attacked to defeat her. They can be attacked with a Divine Instrument , an Exorcism Slip, Power Slash, or Cherry Bomb. Generally, Power Slash does more damage, but attacking with a Divine Instrument may also be required to finish off the eyes. Note that her abdomen will only open for a brief period,
Ume trap

The flower appears after the Spider Queen's defeat.

as after a significant amount of time, the abdomen will start to shake, giving Amaterasu a warning to jump off before it closes. If Amaterasu does not get off in the time, the abdomen will shut, trapping her inside. It will then pulse three times before throwing her out again and can cause immense damage, depending on the state of Amaterasu's Solar Energy . After being damaged enough, an eye will shrivel and disappear. Once all of the eyes are gone, the Spider Queen will die and turn into a lotus flower, releasing Ume and the Divine Instrument Snarling Beast. This battle is later repeated on the Ark of Yamato . However, Amaterasu will be equipped with Inferno at this time and will thus be able to inflict more damage (Fireburst is much more recommended).

Quotes

  • "Sticking your nose where it does not belong will get you killed."
  • "Speak your last words, fool!"
  • "How dare you!"
  • "Dog is not usually on my menu, but I shall make you an exception!"
  • "Well now! The beast can speak!"
  • "Very well, then! I shall send you back to where you came from!"
  • "This shall not hurt. Just stand still for a moment..."

Gallery

Trivia

  • The Spider Queen is said to have a human form according to the artbook, but this is never seen.
  • When drawing with the Celestial Brush over her hide, the ink dissolves.
  • She appears to be able to understand Amaterasu's barks, as she becomes enraged by them.
  • The Spider Queen is based on the Jorōgumo from Japanese myths, while the Bandit Spiders appear to be based on the Tsuchigumo variety of spider demon.
    • Her design is also based on Sadako from the Japanese movie Ringu, the original Japanese adaption of the famous psychological horror movie The Ring[1].
  • Oddly, although her essence is not actually seen flying away after her defeat, she is somehow at the Ark of Yamato and seems to have been on it when it first landed, as she has her own room there.
  • Unlike the other bosses, she is not mentioned at all before her battle.
  • The Spider Queen appears as a ghost on the Sunken Ship. Unlike the other ghosts, she cannot be destroyed by Rao's prayer slips. The other ghost that cannot be destroyed is the Crimson Helm. However, these ghosts only serve as a decoration of the Sunken Ship, in order to put emphasis on the location's haunting nature.

References

Bosses
Ōkami Spider QueenCrimson HelmOrochiBlightNinetails
True OrochiLechku & NechkuYami
Ōkamiden Master AnuraWitch QueenBullheadRenjishi
King FuryAsteroideanMizuchiKurowAkuroDark Chibiterasu

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