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Nidhogg is a fully grown version of the smaller parasites littered throughout various roots of the Qliphoth within Red Grave City. Nidhogg's primary body is an orangish skinned humanoid form of a torso, two arms with long blade like tips for hands, and a head with no face, eyes or mouth, though despite this Nidhogg is still able to speak and see.
Nidhogg's body is attached to a long, thick root emerging from the Qliphoth, with Nidhogg's main body living with a massive growth of roots and bark from the demon tree itself. Nidhogg has limited control over at least three larger roots with ridged scales and snake like heads that resemble flower pods, with rows of razor sharp teeth in their mouths.
Nidhogg is found by V and Griffon within a large nest of roots formed from the Qliphoth in a small market section within Red Grave City. Nidhogg attempts to attack V and his familiars, who easily dodge the blow and proceed to mock Nidhogg over his limited intelligence.
Though Griffon derided Nidhogg as not even a threat that could only survive inside the Qliphoth's roots and not even leave, V chose to attack the parasite, easily slaying the inept demon with little effort.
Nico's Enemy Report - Nidhogg
- According to V, this thing was livin' symbiotically with the Qliphoth, a parasite among the vines.
- With all that blood running through the Qliphoth, it figures that something would hitch a free ride.
- Its humanoid core would be weak to attack if it weren't for all the tentacle-like arms it can swing around to defend itself.
- On top of that, it can hide itself inside the Qliphoth to stay safe. If you want to kill it, you gotta find a way to drag it kickin' and screamin' into the open.
- Oh, and by the way...this thing is as dumb as they come.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Nidhogg's primary abilities are its limited control over the section of the Qliphoth it is currently nesting in, feeding off the harvested human blood to increase its own power much like Urizen, but instead of manifesting complete control over the tree as the Demon King does, Nidhogg can only control a few of the Qliphoth's roots at a time, usually three up to once, which he uses as his primary means of attack. If these roots are defeated in battle, Nidhogg becomes vulnerable to attack as he is forced out of his nest within the Qliphoth.
Though possessing the typical durability and monstrous strength of an average demon, Nidhogg is nothing more than an unintelligent, brute of a parasite, and despite his size and strength, it is not considered much of a threat by Nico or Griffon.
In Norse mythology, Níðhöggr (Malice Striker, traditionally also spelled Níðhǫggr, often anglicized Nidhogg) is a dragon/serpent who gnaws at a root of the world tree, Yggdrasil. In historical Viking society, níð was a term for a social stigma implying the loss of honor and the status of a villain. Thus, its name might refer to its role as a horrific monster or in its action of chewing the corpses of the inhabitants of Náströnd: those guilty of murder, adultery, and oath-breaking, which Norse society considered among the worst possible crimes. Níðhöggr nibbles on Yggdrasil's toes (roots)
- In various parts of the game, Dante, Nero and V use Nidhogg's parasite spawns to break through broken pieces of the Qliphoth.