The Alruna are a pair of whip weapons only in Bayonetta 2. They serve as a replacement for the Kulshedra whip from the first game but, unlike it, Alruna can be equipped to both hands and feet simultaneously. Its name and backstory are shared for Bayonetta and Jeanne alike.
In Game Description
"A whip containing the soul of a demon who shares the same name as a flower that blooms in Inferno. Laced with thorns, it slithers as if it were alive. Those who can hear the crack of the whip can feel Alraune whisper its curse in their ears."
How to Obtain
Upon defeating the demon Alraune in order to rescue Jeanne's soul, Rodin intervenes before Bayonetta can issue her last blow. He proceeds to seal the demon inside the weapon's shell and gives them to Bayonetta shortly after. An alternate pair can be later bought at the Gates of Hell to allow use on both hands and feet.
The Alruna's unique traits when compared to the Kulshedra is the ability to hit all enemies near Bayonetta in a 360 degree arc, making them excellent choices for crowd control. They can also be used to grab up to two enemies from afar at once and slam them into the ground like Kulshedra when using the Charge Modifier.
In Umbran Climax, the Alruna summons Baal (when equipped on both feet), using its spiked tongue like a whip in big sweeping arcs. When equipped on hands, Alruna summons Hydra which acts in a similar manner by swinging its multiple limbs around Bayonetta and causing massive damage.
- Alruna is a reference to the German novel from Hanns Heinz Ewers, Alraune, whose main character is the product of an experiment involving the artificial insemination of a prostitute with semen from a hanged man, a substance that is believed to grow the mandragora plant. The plant is said to scream when uprooted, killing anyone who hears it, and was majorly used by witches and practitioners of magic in the Middle Ages, not unlike the crystallized compound found in the series for item creation. This connection is further enforced by the vine motif that is apparent when the weapon is in used and during its Wicked Weaves as well as the name of the demon that creates the weapon's power.
- The Alruna were some of the first new weapons teased for Bayonetta 2 in the first development trailer shown in 2013.
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