Lurks amongst foliage and attacks by flinging wind-scythes from a distance.
They will harass you from afar, so get close and strike quickly. Their bodies are brittle and will easily fall to your nail.
Behaviour and Tactics
Hovers just outside the Knight's melee reach. It flings scythes that swoop down in a parabolic arc, slow at the apex, and then come back up.
If possible, try to get slightly above them to lure them close and hit them with a Nail Art or Spell before they hover away again. Alternatively, use Howling Wraiths/Abyss Shriek or the Grubberfly's Elegy Charm to close the distance.
They often show up in groups with another Petra or a Mantis Traitor. Get rid of them first, as their aerial attacks make fighting ground-based enemies more difficult.
Dreamshield destroys their scythes when making contact, making the Charm useful against them.
Dream Nail Dialogue
The Mantis Petra are very commonly found in the Queen's Gardens, usually as a challenge in the platforming sections. Also found within the Colosseum of Fools, in the 9th, 14th and 17th waves of the Trial of the Fool.
- Only the Mantis Petra marked by a red circle in the location image respawn upon leaving and re-entering the room, all others only respawn when the Knight rests at a Bench.
- Mantis Petras have the same Dream Nail dialogue as hostile Mantis Youths. It is not known if this is intentional or an oversight.
- Wanderer's Journal, p. 144.
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