7 Weirdest Witcher 3 Enemies (And What They Represent)
One from the Ogroid section of the bestiary, Nekkers are a staple of the Witcher universe that have frustrated many an adventuring Geralt, over years of playtime. If you find one, chances are you'll find a hundred of the grotty things, easily able to overwhelm lower-level players or chase them down to their death.
Nekkers themselves are pale, flabby, annoying little monsters with more chins than Jabba the Hutt, living up to their name by their necks being their most notable feature of their physical form. As for their inspiration, the Nekker's namesake is a water spirit in Dutch folklore, widely branching out into Germanic mythology which paints them as something similar to drowners.
Characteristically though, they are far more closely tied to the Irish Puca, which are mischievous nature spirits that shapeshift between forms, though our Nekkers seem to be stuck in their preferred goblin state. Interestingly, noted fairy mythologist Thomas Keightley mentioned these creatures in his works:
"Old people used to say that the Pookas were very numerous in the times long ago. They were wicked-minded, black-looking, bad things, that would come in the form of wild colts, with chains hanging about them. They did great hurt to benighted travellers."
The Witcher's version seems to stay very true to these creatures, though instead of having dark fur, these are emaciated skin bags - perhaps rendered bald and mole-like from their lifetime of burrowing, in place of wandering the plains.