Lesser Amygdala

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Enemy Type
Cathedral Ward, Yahar'Gul

Lesser Amygdalae are the Great Ones that can be found in various places over the course of the Hunt. Some attack, and some teleport the Hunter to other areas. They are treated as scenery obstacles instead of physical enemies.




Attack Name
Attack Description
If grabbed, teleports the Hunter to other locations while inflicting Frenzy.
Arcane Beam
Sweeps an area with Arcane Beam, the trail is fixed and can be predicted when many eyes grew on its head.


  • Amygdala (plural: Amygdalae) means "Almond" in Latin and "Almond" or "Almond Tree" in Greek (ἀμυγδάλη).
  • Amygdala is a bilateral neural structure set deep within the limbic system of the brain. It is thought to be responsible for learning and organizing fear responses. Amygdalectomy - surgical removal of this structure - is associated with reduced capacity to learn memories related to fear and behaving fearfully, and the shape of Amygdala's head (and the heads of the other beings of similar appearance) roughly corresponds with the shape of this region in the brain.
  • The Arcane Beam can damage both the Hunters and enemies, this includes Adversaries (invaders).
  • Its eyes are visible when it fires Arcane Beams, making the belief of Great Ones having many eyes accurate.
  • The opening in their chest opens and closes af if breathing. Though maybe they are winking very slowly.
  • They don't seem to have the orange eyes of Amygdala in their hands, chest and feet. (needs confirmation)
  • The Lesser Amygdalae become visible if the hunter has at least 40 insight.
  • Patches the Spider speaks before the Amygdala sends the Hunter to the Lecture Hall: "Oh Amygdala, have mercy on the poor bastard!"


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Lesser Amygdala Chest Closed.png

Lesser Amygdala Chest Open.png

Lesser Amygdala Grab.jpg

    • 22 Apr 2017 09:04  

      Just commenting to clarify something in the Trivia section(hopefully someone will edit it):

      Amygdala: plural of the word amygdalo(αμύγδαλο) which means almond in Greek.
      Amygdali(αμυγδαλή): a derivative of the word amygdalo. It means "tonsil" in Greek! Very interesting, considering that Amygdalas have heads that look like tonsils!
      Combine that with the fact that the Amygdala is also the part of the brain responsible for fear responses and you can see how incredibly clever and fitting that monster name is.

      • 28 Feb 2017 18:40  

        My own personal theory is that the Lesser Amygdalae are just shells cast off by the original Amygdala. After all, the Empty Phantasm Shell suggests that even the discarded skin of the slugs retains Arcane power. Maybe the opening in their chest is actually indicative of molting, considering their similarity to spiders.

        Furthermore, I wonder if the pallid color of their eyes suggests madness? The only other enemies in the game, post-DLC, are the blood-drunk hunters. Some of their pupils are also significantly collapsed. Perhaps they're representative of the pitfalls of the school's research, and the obsession with the Nightmare? Furthermore, both of the interactive Amygdalae teleport you to a different area of the Nightmare, a place that's noticeably sepia-toned and pale, similarly to their eyes...

        (I think the lore makes a lot more sense if you approach it with a Silent Hill symbolist sort of mindset.)

        • Amygdala might not be a Great One05 Jul 2016 08:56  

          Think for a moment. If Amygdala, the boss, is a Great One (as labeled by the Trophy and other sources), then why are there many? If this was true, then there's multiple Oedons, and multiple Moon Presences. It doesn't add up for me. In my opinion, Amygdalae are kinda like the Pthumerians, [maybe a race] that existed before Man that was touched by the Great Ones? I mean, Amygdala (boss) does have little glowy things dotting her body, while the other ones (obstacles) don't, they have tentacles. <br /><br/>Also, notice Amygdala (boss) was paler and had SOMETHING in her head, while the others (obstacles) were darker of skin and had hollow heads, albeit they show eyes when they fire their beam.

          • How can we be sure that they are lesser?05 Jul 2016 08:56  

            They are larger than the amygdala that we fight, they can't be killed and the also have tentacles, which amygdala doesn't. I believe the amygdala we fight is the lesser one.

            • A mistake or a bug?05 Jul 2016 08:56  

              I think that you can see him BEFORE beating Rom if you have 40+ insight. When you defeat Rom he will be visible with less than 40 Insight, i could see him with just 35 :)

              • Love it05 Jul 2016 08:56  

                I knew they were big. I knew what circumstances you could see them under. But, dammit, I was not ready for it in game after defeating Rom, when it drops you in that room off the path to the right of the Grand Cathedral. "WHOA. HEY. HEY. HEY. WHOA. WHAT? WHOA."

                • one tried to grab me and I've started a new game with only ten insight at the cathedral ward05 Jul 2016 08:56  

                  One tried to grab me on a standard new game where you pick up the hunter clothes and I only have ten insight

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