In the novels, echinopsae are depicted as animals (not man-eating plants, as in the game). They are described as monsters covered in long and very sharp spines. They can shoot these up to a distance of ten feet. On impact, the spines shatter and the pieces work their way ever deeper into the body of the victim. Their spines are so long that when they are immobile, echinops resemble clumps of grass.
- Lesser Hedgehog Tenrec, a mammal in the real world.
|Occurrence||Echinopsae grow in places where crimes have been committed or on the graves of the victims of such crimes|
|Immunity||Immune to any effects which influence the mind (fear, stun, Axii sign); they feel no pain and can neither be poisoned, blinded, knocked down nor bled to death|
|Susceptibility||Echinopsae are sensitive to silver and highly susceptible to incineration attempts|
|Tactics||Echinopsae are rooted to the ground, but they shoot with poisoned thorns|
|Alchemy|| Echinops rootstock|
Unlike the novels, Echinopsae in the game are huge, carnivorous plants. see also Archespore
- "Echinopsae are monstrous plants born of curses which grow in places where terrible crimes have been committed if the crime in question was never atoned for. The beasts try to take their vengeance on criminals, but they do not spare the lives of innocents who haplessly enter their territory."
- In Chapter I, an "Old woman" in the Outskirts will tell Geralt a tale of Echinops in exchange for food. The conversation does result in a bestiary entry.
- Curses and the Cursed