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"I once met a raving drunk who claimed he had wrestled with a succubus — a demonic creature that possesses the form and face of a beautiful woman. He said she cursed him and tore out the heart of his friend before he made a narrow escape! Really, young men are given to such exaggeration these days..."

Abd Al-Hazir(src)
Succubus-awakening

A Succubus

Succubi are demons in the form of voluptuous female humans with wings and talons.

LoreEdit

"There are legends of women dressed in scarlet, dancing through the forests at night or in the dark alleys of city streets. To see them means that the succubi are hunting their next victim."

Adria(src)
Succubus concept art

A Succubus

Succubi are beautiful and seductive demons, and so tempt mortals into evil and to death.[1] The figure of a Succubus is perfect and smooth, with milky skin, coupled with demonic bat wings and a smooth, thorny dress. While capable in combat, Succubi prefer to seduce mortals with subtle machinations, only to kill them and drag their souls into Hell. The separation of the soul is usually carried out through poison, a dagger in the dark, or some other easy betrayal to separate the soul from the flesh.[1]

Succubi possess an incessant craving for blood, especially that of human men.[2] Legends exist of women dressed in scarlet, dancing through forests or stalking alleys at night; a sign that Succubi are on the hunt for their next victim. Before they strike, many Succubi warn their victims of their true nature—a glimpose of demonic wings, a hint of sharpened teeth, a flash of a forked tongue...anything that will seem dangerous to humans. However, their victims rarely flee, for while lust is a Succubus's weapon, it is the thought of tasting something forbidden that truly ensnares their victims. The allure of pleasures beyond mortal flesh is a sweet honey that drowns out any sense of caution. This allure goes down to the physical level, as wearing bits of a Succubus's wings, teeth, or other body parts as jewelry makes it easier for the wearer to seduce anyone.[3]

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In open combat, Succubi take to battle with a passion and a joy not often seen in demons. They are fast and mobile in combat, preferring to weaken their prey from a distance with a diabolical curse. Once their prey is weakened, the Succubi move in for the kill, slashing viciously with their long, curved talons.[2] Gathered in a clutch, a Succubi pack can send nigh inexhaustible streams of destructive magic sufficient overcome most foes.[1]

VariantsEdit

Variants of Succubi exist, including the following:

  • Snow Witches: These Succubi enjoy the chase, and are more given to use Hell-brewed love potions to capture slaves of the opposite sex. When in doubt, a Snow Witch reads a slave's entrails as an augury.
  • Hell Spawn: These Succubi know no other pleasure than the delivery of a screaming soul to Hell. Birthed in pain, Hell Spawn strive to make all others suffer as they do.
  • Soul Burners: These Succubi have mastered the essence of terror and pain.[1]

HistoryEdit

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A multi-limbed Succubus

They served as the handmaidens of Andariel,[2] and Adria theorized that she was responsible for their creation, sculpting these demons into their forms. She taught her minions the art of seduction. Later, their use was perfected by Azmodan.[3]

The Succubi were present below the Tristram Cathedral during the Darkening of Tristram. They were thought to have been wiped out in the battle that followed, but two years later, Baal unleashed his personal harem of Succubi during his assault on Mount Arreat. These Succubi were among the most zealous minions of their master.[2] Twenty years later, Succubi were again seen on Sanctuary, among Azmodan's Army of Destruction,[4] and later, during Diablo's assault on the High Heavens.[5]

In-gameEdit

Diablo IEdit

Succubi appear in Diablo I. Archbishop Lazarus uses Succubi as his personal guards below Tristram. They are then encountered in the later levels of the game.

Succubi attack using the spell Bloodstar, but unlike the spell players can learn, it does not consume their health. The projectile's color corresponds to the different colors of blood. As the succubi have no melee attack, they flee if the player closes in on them, making them infamously troublesome for melee attackers, especially the Warrior. Succubi appear in three other variations: Snow Witches, Hell Spawn, and Soul Burners, whereas Succubus is the regular form.

StatsEdit

Name Image Level Damage HP Resistance Immunity
Succubus Succubus1 24 1–20 120–150 Magic None
39 6–44 230–275 None None
54 10–86 340–400 Fire Magic
Snow Witch Snow Witch-Death 26 1–24 134–174 Lightning None
41 6–52 251–311 None None
56 10–102 368–448 Lightning Magic
Hell Spawn HellSpawn 28 1–30 150–200 Magic Lightning
43 6–64 275–350 None None
58 10–126 400–500 Lightning Magic, Fire
Soul Burner 30 1–35 140–224 Magic, Lightning Fire
45 6–74 260–386 None None
60 10–146 380–548 None Magic, Fire, Lightning

Unique SuccubiEdit

Diablo IIEdit

Succubi appear in Diablo II, specifically in Act V. Their appearance has changed slightly, and they actually utilize their wings for flight. They are clothed, and have a stabbing tail.

The Succubus' infamous curse returns, this time under the moniker of "Blood Mana." However, they will only cast it on players that have greater than or equal mana to life. If the opposite is true, Succubi will cast a curse that halves defense.

Besides normal Succubi, there are four other variations: Vile Temptresses, Stygian Harlots, Hell Temptresses, and Blood Temptresses.

StatsEdit

Succubus
Succubus

Property Normal Nightmare Hell
Type Demon Demon Demon
Act(s) found in 5 5 5
Monster Level 32 61 82
Experience 913 11412 42406
Health points 155–228 827–1241 2626–5253
Damage 1 9–17 24–45 46–83
Attack Rating 1 453 1841 5105
Damage 2 9–17 24–45 46–83
Attack Rating 2 453 1841 5105
Defense 205 952 1837
% to Block 42 42 42
Damage Resist 0 0 10
Magic Resist 0 0 0
Fire Resist 0 0 120
Cold Resist 0 0 50
Lightning Resist 0 0 50
Poison Resist 0 0 25
Drain Effectiveness 100 85 75
Immunities Fire
Chill Effectiveness 50 40 33

Vile Temptress
Vile Temptress

Property Normal Nightmare Hell
Type Demon Demon Demon
Act(s) found in 5 5 5
Monster Level 34 61 82
Experience 1097 11412 42406
Health points 157–252 827–1241 2626–5253
Damage 1 10–18 25–45 46–83
Attack Rating 1 441 1841 5105
Damage 2 10–18 25–45 46–83
Attack Rating 2 441 1841 5105
Defense 218 952 1837
% to Block 44 44 44
Damage Resist 0 0 10
Magic Resist 0 0 0
Fire Resist 0 0 66
Cold Resist 0 0 50
Lightning Resist 0 0 50
Poison Resist 0 0 110
Drain Effectiveness 100 85 75
Immunities Poison
Chill Effectiveness 50 40 33

Stygian Harlot
Stygian Harlot

Property Normal Nightmare Hell
Type Demon Demon Demon
Act(s) found in 5 5 5
Monster Level 35 62 83
Experience 1211 12097 43629
Health points 165–264 827–1270 2678–5356
Damage 1 10–19 25–45 47–84
Attack Rating 1 458 1869 5164
Damage 2 10–19 25–45 47–84
Attack Rating 2 458 1869 5164
Defense 224 966 1858
% to Block 46 46 46
Damage Resist 0 0 10
Magic Resist 0 0 0
Fire Resist 0 0 66
Cold Resist 0 0 50
Lightning Resist 0 0 100
Poison Resist 0 0 25
Drain Effectiveness 100 85 75
Immunities Lightning
Chill Effectiveness 50 40 33

Hell Temptress
Hell Temptress

Property Normal Nightmare Hell
Type Demon Demon Demon
Act(s) found in 5 5 5
Monster Level 40 63 84
Experience 1945 12824 44852
Health points 206–326 868–1302 2730–5460
Damage 1 11–21 26–46 47–84
Attack Rating 1 523 1897 5223
Damage 2 11–21 26–46 47–84
Attack Rating 2 523 1897 5223
Defense 256 979 1879
% to Block 50 50 50
Damage Resist 0 0 100
Magic Resist 0 0 0
Fire Resist 0 0 66
Cold Resist 0 0 50
Lightning Resist 0 0 50
Poison Resist 0 0 25
Drain Effectiveness 100 85 75
Immunities Physical
Chill Effectiveness 50 40 33

Blood Temptress
Blood Temptress

Property Normal Nightmare Hell
Type Demon Demon Demon
Act(s) found in 5 5 5
Monster Level 42 64 85
Experience 2361 13593 46075
Health points 222–355 888–1332 2782–5563
Damage 1 12–22 26–46 48–86
Attack Rating 1 551 1925 5282
Damage 2 12–22 26–46 48–86
Attack Rating 2 551 1925 5282
Defense 269 993 1898
% to Block 50 50 50
Damage Resist 0 0 25
Magic Resist 0 0 0
Fire Resist 0 0 66
Cold Resist 0 0 50
Lightning Resist 0 0 50
Poison Resist 0 0 120
Drain Effectiveness 100 85 75
Immunities Poison
Chill Effectiveness 50 40 33


  • Depending on the variation, Succubi can be immune to one of the elements in Hell mode.
  • Succubi have a chance of dealing Magic damage.
  • If you have more life than mana, instead of casting Blood Mana, Succubi will cast a curse that halves your Defense. This is raised to 65% in Nightmare, and 85% in Hell.
  • There are no super unique succubi (besides Anodized Elite, which has been removed from the final version of the game, but is still present in data files).

Diablo ImmortalEdit

Succubi appear as enemies in Diablo Immortal.[6]

Diablo IIIEdit

Hell witch

Succubi are back in Diablo III as handmaidens and daughters of the Maiden of Lust. They can be found in different areas of Act III and IV, respectively in the Arreat Crater and in most areas of the High Heavens. Their appearance is different from that in the first two games, but like in Diablo I, they literally fight completely unarmored.

As seductive and deadly as usual, the Succubi possess their signature Blood Star attack. Prior to patch 2.2.0, it used to apply a curse on damaging hit, reducing Armor by -35% for 5 seconds. Because of that, the Succubi used to be support attackers, not too deadly by themselves, but they did make it much easier for all other monsters to kill a hero, especially towards classes that rely on Armor instead of all resistances as their major form of protection.

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The Succubi with their Blood Stars clearly visible.

Succubi are fragile, and killing them is only problematic if they are hiding behind their more resilient allies. The damage of a Succubus's attacks is low, but their Blood Star homing projectiles are moving erratically with changing speed, making them rather unpredictable for avoidance, and may make slight changes to trajectory to home at enemies. Avoid large groups of other monsters accompanied by the Succubi, or separate them for easier dispatching. Remember Succubi can fly over the impassable terrain and even have a 'backflip' move that frequently allows them to escape melee combat.

There is a mini-event in Tower of the Cursed involving several Keep Guards mind-controlled by the Succubi as they are being prepared to be sacrificed to Cydaea. Upon the death of their tormentors, these guards join the hero to help with clearing the rest of the tower. Sadly, though, they cannot last long against the monsters in the tower, especially Champion/Rare packs.

Unique SuccubiEdit

TriviaEdit

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  • Despite Succubi often fighting without any armor to cover their upper body in the first and third game (and on artworks), no organization has ever demanded Blizzard Entertainment to make 'censored' versions of these monsters in either of the three games. According to Lylirra, who commented on the issue, all three Diablo games have an M rating (Mature, 17+ on ERSB), which allows nudity and gore.[7]
  • If one looks closely at a Succubus model in Diablo III, their "wings" are actually made from their own hair.
  • There are no Incubi (male variant) in the series.
  • Oddly, in the second game, unlike the first and the third, Succubi have bright feathered wings and long, thick, almost lash-like tails. In the first game, they have no tails at all.

EtymologyEdit

  • In the Western medieval legend, a Succubus (plural Succubi) is a demon who takes the form of a beautiful woman to seduce men in dreams to have sexual intercourse. They draw energy from the men to sustain themselves, often until the point of exhaustion or death of the victim. Similarly, there are also demons called incubi, the male version of succubi. However there are no apparent incubi in Sanctuary as of yet.
  • The word "succubus" comes from an alteration of the Late Latin succuba meaning "strumpet". The word itself is derived from the Latin prefix "sub-" which means "below, underneath", and the verb "cubo" which means "I lie". So a succubus is someone who lies under another person, whereas an incubi (Latin "in-" in this case stands for "on top") is someone who lies on top of another person.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Awakening
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Succubus, The Arreat Summit. Accessed on 2017-04-24
  3. 3.0 3.1 Book of Adria: A Diablo Bestiary
  4. Diablo III, Act IV
  5. Diablo III, Act IV
  6. 2018-11-03, Blizzard could have avoided the Diablo Immortal PR catastrophe. Blizzard Watch, accessed on 2018-11-07
  7. 2014-04-15, SERIOUSLY, BLIZZARD? SOFTCORE P*RN IN YOUR GAME?. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2017-04-24
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