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Harpy

Harpy is an Enemy in Dragon's Dogma.


Overview

QUOTE DD2
"From the tops of their lustrous heads to the curves of their bodies, harpies take the form of bewitching beauties, yet the wings and haunches of these creatures are those of a beast.

Harpies have a wingspan of nearly twenty feet and they have an undeniable grace when in flight. Their intelligence is that which you would expect from an animal, yet they are known to sing arias of such beauty that none can say whether the songs contain real language or nothing more than the simple cries of a beast.

Like most birds, they seem to have poor perception at night and avoid taking action during the dark hours, preferring to take their rest upon some safe perch. Yet there have been tales of harpies attacking by the light of the moon or the fiery glow of torches, so it will not pay to let your guard down at night.

The harpy’s song clouds human minds and lulls them into sleep. Once one harpy begins to sing, the others are likely to join in its song, so keep an ear open.
"
―Official Capcom description[1]

Harpies are winged flying beasts with the body, legs and wings of a large bird such as a condor or vulture, but with the face of a beautiful woman. They do not speak though their song affects humans, lulling them to sleep. They will attack any who come near by gouging or knocking down with their claws or they may also grab a human victim and lift them to great height, before dropping them, usually to their death.

A stronger form of Harpy, the Snow Harpy is the region specific sub-species in colder climes; it possesses an icy breath that may freeze. Related species are the Succubi and Sirens.

Type
Harpy species
Experience
gained
Base Experience of 140

Can be more or less depending on a few factors such as:

Location

Before the defeat of the Dragon

Post-Game

Bitterblack Isle

Items

With Master Thief, a Harpy Cloak or rarely a Gryphic Cloak among other items may be stolen from them.

Quests

Stats

Stats Health Attack Defense Magick
Attack
Magick
Defense
Weight
800 350 90 160 130 20kg
Relative
Damage
Taken
Slash Bash FIRE BASED
Fire
ICE BASED
Ice
LIGHTNING BASED
Thunder
HOLY BASED
Holy
DARK BASED
Dark
120% 100% 120% 100% 100% 100% 80%
Debilitation
Resistance
Tarred DrenchedWater Poison Blindness Silence Sleep Torpor Petrification Curse
D easy D easy D easy D moderate D easy D immune D moderate D moderate D easy
StrengthLowered DefenseLowered MagickLowered MagickDefenseLowered Fire Frozen LIGHTNING BASED HOLY BASED DARK BASED
D unknown D unknown D unknown D cannot obtain D instant D moderate D hard D hard D hard
Sources: Dragon's Dogma - ドラゴンズドグマ & Dark Arisen (www10.atwiki.jp), the Dragon's Dogma Signature Series Guide, List of Creature Debilitation Resistances, and in-game testing.

Attacks

Attack Type Description
Dive Attack Phys Quickly dives at a target and slashes them with its talons.
Grab Spec Grabs a target and attempts to fly off with it, and eventually drops them at great heights.
Sing Status Starts singing with a sleep-inducing voice; other Harpies often join in to make this process faster.
Knock Off Phys/Spec When grabbing onto a flying Harpy, after some time it will knock the passenger off, dropping them to the ground. Fall Damage from a sufficient height will be fatal.

Flying with Harpies

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As well as grabbing prey, Harpies themselves can be grabbed when in flight, and used to lift or carry a person to a high place or across a gap. Since the Harpy will attempt to free itself, this pursuit can be dangerous.

The Harpy can be made to fly in a chosen direction by pointing in that direction. Weight affects the Harpy's flight so larger heavier characters may not get far. Lighter Arisen appear to travel further or faster.(verify)

Pawns often suggest grabbing onto a Harpy at the Barta Crags to cross the Miasmic Swamp, but this feat is not recommended - it is very unlikely the journey will be that long - generally the distance traveled is not great- but can help in reaching certain high places - such as the locations of Badge of Vows 97 or Badge of Vows 95.

Tactics

General

  • As with other flying enemies, setting the wings on fire will cripple them, turning them into flightless birds.
  • If their grab attack will miss, creatures will immediately land to rest for a while and can be safely grabbed.
  • Once grounded, they can be held down.
  • Once carried off by a Harpy it is possible to be caught once dropped, avoiding Fall Damage. Requesting aid from pawns may put them in a better position to make the catch.

In flight

  • It is possible to take down a flock of Harpies all in a single strike. Use any Lightning-based skill and hope that the Thundershock effect occurs, as it will branch off and strike all Harpies in the vicinity, sending them all to the ground.
  • Fire based spell are effective in grounding (and damaging) Harpies, due to the infliction of Burning.
  • Once in flight, Harpies are more difficult to shoot down for bow users: skills with a wide area such as Endecad Shot or Pentad Shot may be useful. Splinter Dart is also effective against aerial enemies if properly timed.
    • With manually-aimed bow shots the archer will need to compensate for the flight of the arrow and the movement of the Harpy. This is called 'leading the target,' and is a common technique when shooting at a moving object.
  • Harpies will often take the same flight path as other Harpies. If this is noticed, sniping them down in a row is a simple task.

When grounded

  • Ideally, Harpies and other flying enemies should be picked off from afar while they are perched on a tree branch or on roosting on the ground, before they take flight.  When surprised they take extra damage.
  • When grounded, Harpies can be grabbed and thrown off a cliff. Surprisingly, they don't make any attempt to regain flight and usually die on impact.
  • Fighters, Mystic Knights and Warriors can grapple Harpies on the ground to reduce their defense even further.

Class specific skills

Pawn Bestiary Knowledge

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"Beware the comely face!"

  • Setting their wings on fire to disable them. Can be learned with Harpy Strategies or experienced in the field.
  • Witness a party member being grabbed and lifted into the air.
  • Grab and hold on the ground.

In addition to witnessing these techniques, it is necessary for Pawns to participate in killing 300 Harpies either with their own Arisen or while traveling with others.

More information can be found on the Bestiary page.

Pawn Chatter

"A woman...?"
"A fiend with woman's form!" (no bestiary knowledge)
"There, Master! Harpies!"
"Strike, lest the harpy sing!"
"Slay them afore they can use their voice!"
"Burn their wings!"
"Don't let them drag you off!"
"Harpies!"
"Beware the harpy's song!"
"Focus your attacks as it hovers."
"Ignore the comely face -- those talons bite deep!"

Trivia

  • In Greek and Roman mythology, Harpies are described as flying beasts with the head of a woman or girl, and either beautiful or extremely ugly, depending on the source (see Wikipedia: Harpy).
  • Harpies (like Bandits and Goblins) can sometimes be found guarding a human captive in a cage, which triggers a random 'rescue' quest, see Leave No Prisoners.
  • Harpies are not pictured in the Bestiary section of the Brady Games guidebook, presumably because their official artwork displays their breasts.

Gallery

References

  1. Harpy www.dragonsdogma.com
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