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A Mantid Hatchling, a typical Mantid

Mantises are large insects that are found in different areas of Cantha and the Charr Homelands. They have experienced a population explosion in Kaineng City and on Shing Jea island that seems connected to the outbreak of the affliction. They loosely resemble a real-life Praying Mantis (combined with elements of ants, lobsters, and cockroaches) but with varying proportions to their limbs, heads, and torsos.

Note: In Cantha, low level Mantises (up to level 20) are labeled "Mantid", high level Mantises are labeled "Mantis". This is the same species. All level 20+ Mantises in the Charr Homelands, on the contrary, are labeled "Mantids."


Mantises will usually be found in groups of 2 to 4 wandering the area, but can also spring a trap by suddenly landing from trees or rocks above to surprise the unaware. Mantises in the Echovald Forest are hostile to Plants, Kirin, and Wardens.

In addition, Mantids from the Charr Homelands have an innate ability to come back to life after a short period of time. This is not a bug, see footnote or individual Mantid page for more.

They shoot arrows, at what seems to be a shortbow range.

Known Subtypes[]

Profession Shing Jea Island Kaineng City Echovald Forest Charr Homelands*
NA-icon-small.png 0 Mantid Drone Hatchling
0 Mantid Hatchling
1 Mantid Monitor Hatchling
Monk 1, 2 Mantid Monitor
3 Mantid Gazer
5 Mantid Glitterfang
11 Mantid Queen
17 Mantid Monitor 24 Mantis Mender 20 Mantid Queen
Necromancer 1, 2 Mantid Drone
4 Mantid Parasite
6 Mantid Darkwing
11 Mantid Destroyer
17 Mantid Drone    
Mesmer     24 Mantis Dreamweaver 20 Mantid Nymph
Elementalist     23 Mantis Stormcaller  
Assassin     24 Mantis Hunter  
Dervish       20 Mantid Digger
Collectable Drop Mantid Pincer Venerable Mantid Pincer Mantis Pincer Mantid Ungula
 * Mantids encountered in the Charr Homelands have the innate ability to randomly come back to life after dying.
"This is a trait of the Mantis family, and is intended to make them feel more like big insects- you stomp on them, but they still get up and crawl around :)."
- Andrew McLeod (Freyas) - ArenaNet creature designer 08:04, 5 September 2007 (UTC)

For a list of all Mantises, including bosses, see Category:Mantises.