"Ohh, I like a powerful woman."
Sam Stone[src]

The Witch-Bride of Achriman is an enemy that appears in Serious Sam 3: BFE, Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope, Serious Sam 3 VR: BFE and Serious Sam 4.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The Witch-Bride is a female humanoid alien with dull purple skin. She wears a metallic bikini-like outfit with six tentacles protruding from her back. She was originally a sorceress of The Great Council, but was tricked into serving Mental by his vassal Achriman, the Lord of the Shadows. Now, she is trapped between the real world and the shadow plane.

Occurrence[edit | edit source]

Witch-Brides are not very common throughout the games they appear in. They usually appear in the later levels of the games. They usually serve as a distraction to the player, allowing other enemies to attack the player whilst they're busy dealing with the Witch-Bride.

In the Serious Sam 3 campaign, the Witch-Bride is first fought as a boss in The Dark Bride. Later, they often appear one or two at a time. Many Witch-Brides are encountered in the later levels, most notably in The Last Man on Earth and The Guardian of Time.

Behavior and skills[edit | edit source]

The Witch-Bride's first appearance in the campaign.

Witch-Brides use their psychokinetic powers as their main form of attack. With her attacks, she can inflict crushing damage with her telekinetic powers from afar which does minor damage over a short period. Her second attack is a powerful ranged grab that will pick the player up and crush them, doing moderate damage and restricting aim speed.

Their spells allow them to warp space in order to protect themselves or to crush their enemies. In order to use their spells, however, they have to temporarily shift into physical existence, making them momentarily vulnerable. Between attacks, a Witch-Bride will phase out of reality and move to a different location nearby. She can also use her tentacles to deflect incoming attacks including bullets and explosives, which detonate harmlessly in front of her.

In Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope, Witch-Brides behave differently in comparison to the ones found in Serious Sam 3: BFE. They do not have invulnerability or telekinetic powers, but instead fire a large number of projectiles at the player, and teleport around more often, making it difficult to hit them with projectile weapons. They are also much tougher in comparison to the ones found in Serious Sam 3.

Tactics[edit | edit source]

  • Despite their low-damage attacks, Witch-Brides are one of the most difficult enemies to kill in the game. Because they are only vulnerable as they are preparing an attack (which is visible by the glow effect that surrounds them changing from purple or invisible to a bright yellow, their tentacles will begin flailing quickly, and the crosshair starts to show her health), there is only a small window to inflict damage and force them to withdraw before they cause damage.
  • The player can interrupt her attack by either breaking line-of-sight or shooting her, causing enough damage for her to retreat, usually one rocket or AS-24 Devastator round is enough. Because she will immediately defend herself and withdraw the player can only hit her once with an explosive before she disappears. When the player's crosshair changes colour from white to green/yellow/red when aiming at her, she is vulnerable.
  • Witch-Brides are best to be taken down with the SBC Cannon. When not having a cannon, the Devastator is the second best option.
  • The RAPTOR Sniper Rifle is also an effective option as only a few shots are needed to kill one. Ammunition for the sniper rifle is scarce though, so it is best used for quick elimination of Witch-Brides or as a last resort.
  • In addition, Witch-Brides teleport randomly around the battlefield and can appear without warning anywhere they can see the player. This makes it difficult to combat them if they are amongst other enemies and the player cannot pay enough attention to look out for them. On their own though, it is easy to combat this problem. Simply move into a corner or other area with restricted view to reduce the area the player has to watch. Witch-Brides have to teleport into open air and have line-of-sight to their target, so this way the player can reduce the area they can teleport to and can take quick action.
  • In most situations, Witch-Brides should be considered high-priority targets and killed as soon as possible, as they can easily distract the player and prevent them from attacking should they happen to encounter dangerous enemies such as Major Bio-mechanoids or Scrapjacks.
  • When paired with other enemies, the player should try to harm the Witch-Bride with a quick weapon like the M29 Infantry Assault Rifle long enough that it causes her to retreat, so that the player can focus on clearing out other enemies. When the other enemies have been eliminated, the player can finish off the Witch-Bride, if they haven't already.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The first image of the Witch-Bride, showing off a somewhat different design.

  • The first image of the Witch-Bride looks somewhat different when compared to the one seen in later media. She has the Serious Sam 1 Scythian Witch-Harpy's helmet and a more slender figure. It could be that the old Witch-Bride image was an edited Harpy.

Related achievements[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam 3: BFE[edit | edit source]

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Kill a Witch-Bride of Achriman.

Serious Sam 3 VR: BFE[edit | edit source]

Painful Divorce.jpg Painful Divorce
Kill a Witch-Bride of Achriman.

Serious Sam Fusion[edit | edit source]

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Kill a Witch-Bride of Achriman.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam 3: BFE[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam 4[edit | edit source]

List of appearances[edit | edit source]

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