Creatures

Air Screamer

Location(s):
Old Silent Hill, Central Silent Hill, Silent Hill Resort Area.
Appearance:
A pterodactyl looking bird, complete with wings. Has a pinkish-red colour to its skin.
Strategy:
These dinosaur-type birds are found everywhere throughout the streets and they are definitely one of the most annoying enemies in the game. Air Screamers are heard coming towards you by the flapping of their wings, and they will swoop down and try to smack you with their feet once they reach you. When these creatures are in front of you and are about to pounce on you with this attack from the front, just run to the left or right, out of the way. If they're coming from behind, run windingly and the kick attack should miss. It may take a while to master but always works if you do it right. Air Screamers are very annoying creatures but are rarely truly necessary to kill, because they are found in the open streets. But if you must kill an Air Screamer, stop and face it as it swoops down towards you, and shoot it with the Handgun until it falls to the ground.
Suggested Weapon(s):
The Handgun is the best weapon to use to kill these creatures, with its quick rate of fire and moderate power. It should take around five shots to bring the bird down to the ground. The Rifle is also a great weapon to use because of its long range and power, but it isn't exactly necessary to use the already scarce Rifle ammo.

Groaner

Location(s):
Old Silent Hill, Central Silent Hill, Silent Hill Resort Area.
Appearance:
A skinny dog patched all over with blood and gouges. Also has a bloody mouth.
Strategy:
Groaners are simple to deal with but can catch you off guard quite easily. When you encounter a Groaner dog, it will try to run up to you and jump at you. Since these doggies are usually found in groups, it is important to learn how to deal with multiple Groaners at the same time. Lure one away from the other(s) and take it out individually. A few Handgun shots should get the job done fairly easy, but the Steel Pipe is another great weapon and is obviously better when conserving ammo. Most of the time you can simply run past these creatures, and, although they will chase you, you can outrun them.
Suggested Weapon(s):
If you have the ammo to spare, the Handgun does a splendid job. However, melee weapons such as the Steel Pipe work great as well. Early in the game, it's best not to even bother with the Knife, even if you have no Handgun ammo -- just run.

Demon Child

Location(s):
Midwich Elementary School, Nightmare School, Lakeside Amusement Park.
Appearance:
A small, pale, deformed-looking child with a knife in its hand. Its head is somewhat molded as part of its body, without a neck. Looks like a combination of a small child and E.T., except with a much smaller head.
Strategy:
These demons are not only deadly and disturbing, they move quite quickly for their size. These creatures are only found in Midwich and are rather abundant. Demon Children will walk towards you and dive at you with their knives, pinning you down for a few seconds. This attack is very damaging and fighting is always necessary, since it's very hard to run past these little kids. The Handgun works very well in dealing with these Demon Children and stops their movement for a brief moment after every other shot. The Steel Pipe works very well if you learn how to use it properly. Once a Demon Child is found, let it come towards you, and the second it dives towards you to stab you, quickly jump back (Down + Square) and then whack it -- repeat this until it is dead.
Suggested Weapon(s):
The Steel Pipe works great if you use the strategy above, but when dealing with multiple enemies, things get quite difficult. Use the Handgun if you have a lot of ammo or are fighting multiple Demon Children.

Creeper

Location(s):
Nightmare School, Alchemilla Hospital, Nightmare Hospital, Nightmare Central Silent Hill.
Appearance:
A truly giant roach, yellow and red in colour, with many legs.
Strategy:
Creepers are mostly just annoying creatures and aren't much of a threat at
all. If you don't want to waste time killing these roaches, just run past
them. Most of the time, Creepers are found in groups, so killing them is
sometimes necessary. Their attack is running at Harry and biting his foot,
inflicting minimal damage. To kill these little buggers, all it takes is
1-2 Handgun shots.
Suggested Weapon(s):
Just run past Creepers if you can, but if you must, use the Handgun. It should only take 1-2 bullets to kill them, followed up by a finishing kick.

Larval Stalker

Location(s):
Nightmare School, Lakeside Amusement Park.
Appearance:
A small child-like apparition. Spotted by a small black shadow, stumbling all over the ground like a recently newborn child. Disappear after a few seconds.
Strategy:
These shadow figures never try to attack you and never pose a threat. They are simply spotted in various areas stumbling on the ground, recognized by their shadows and the sound of new shoes slipping on a glossy floor. Not that there's a reason to ever attack these humanoids, it is not possible to attack them or even have Harry target them.
Suggested Weapon(s):
These humanoids can never be touched and never bother you, so no weapon can be or needs to be used.

Romper

Location(s):
Central Silent Hill, Nightmare Central Silent Hill, Silent Hill Resort Area, Nightmare Silent Hill Resort Area.
Appearance:
Takes the form of an ape-like creature on all fours; apeman. Doesn't specifically look like an ape but a man covered in dirty, stretched skin.
Strategy:
A very quick creature that is extremely hard to run away from. Rompers are found standing still, but upon site of Harry will they start jumping at him to attack him. Rompers attack by jumping on Harry after chasing him down, biting him afterwards. This attack inflicts moderate damage but is extremely hard to avoid. However, Rompers are very simple to kill, requiring 1-2 Shotgun shells.
Suggested Weapon(s):
Melee weapons are way too dangerous and the Handgun takes a bit long to kill. The Shotgun works great if you have the ammo and one or two shots will be sufficient to take a Romper down. The Handgun can work pretty well as a substitute to the Shotgun, but Rompers may jump you before you take off enough shots.

Puppet Nurse

Location(s):
Nightmare Hospital, Nowhere.
Appearance:
A nurse in uniform with a giant hump in its back, from which its name is derived, that has been parasitized. All nurses carry small knives similar to Harry's.
Strategy:
Nurses are very strong enemies and are very dangerous, inflicting moderate to heavy damage with their knife attacks. Once a Nurse spots Harry, it will quickly run up to him and try to swipe him with its knife. To avoid this, obviously, fight the Nurses with a weapon before it can get to you. With firearms, the Handgun can work but it takes too many shots to knock the Nurses down, resulting in them sometimes being able to attack you. The Shotgun works great, with only 1-3 shots necessary to kill. From the melee weapons, the Hammer is fantastic -- performing the double swing attack not only keeps a Nurse from getting to you from the front, it knocks them down rather quickly. In a replay game, the Rock Drill works great as well -- just hold it up and let the Nurses walk into the drill, causing them to kill themselves, really.
Suggested Weapon(s):
The best firearm to use against Nurses is the Shotgun. With its widespread and strong blast, the Shotgun is very powerful and works against multiple Nurses. The Rifle works well with one shot, but it really isn't necessary to use it. The Hammer works amazingly with its double swing attack, and if you have the Gas Can in a replay game with the Rock Drill powered up, just hold it up and stand still, letting Nurses walk into the drill.

Parasitized Doctor

Location(s):
Nightmare Hospital.
Appearance:
A doctor in uniform with a large lump in its back, very similar to the Puppet Nurse. All doctors carry knives similar to Harry's
Strategy:
Parasitized Doctors have the same attacks and general characteristics as Nurses, but they are slightly stronger and more aggressive. Doctors will run up to you upon sight and slash you with their knives, if they get the chance. Similarly to Nurses, the Shotgun is the best firearm and the Hammer is the best melee weapon. Only a few Doctors are ever found, not nearly as many as Nurses, and they are basically the same as Nurses. Not much new here.
Suggested Weapon(s):
If you have the ammo, the Shotgun works perfectly. If not, the Hammer is an awesome weapon to use, and is most definitely the best melee weapon to use on both Doctors and Nurses.

Night Flutter

Location(s):
Nightmare Central Silent Hill, Nightmare Silent Hill Resort Area.
Appearance:
Almost identical to the Air Screamer in foggy Silent Hill, still looking like a pterodactyl, however, the effect of the shift to the otherworld made a strong impact on the creature. Its head is completely covered with worms.
Strategy:
This creature has the same characteristics of the Air Screamer, although taking its place in the alternate world. These creatures are also stronger and have stronger attacks than the Air Screamer. Night Flutters swoop down on Harry once they spot him and try to kick him with their legs while passing by. In the nightmare world, you'll be almost always, if not always, running non-stop so there's really no need to stop and kill these creatures. If you must kill them, use the Hunting Rifle.
Suggested Weapon(s):
It's never necessary to kill these creatures, but the Rifle would be the weapon of choice if you desire so. Night Flutters are stronger than Air Screamers so the Handgun won't be as effective against them.

Wormhead

Location(s):
Nightmare Central Silent Hill, Nightmare Silent Hill Resort Area.
Appearance:
Almost identical to the Groaner in foggy Silent Hill, except that the shift to the otherworld is strong, and its face is completely covered with worms; hence its name.
Strategy:
Wormhead dogs have identical attacks to the Groaner, but they have more physical strength and their attacks are stronger. Wormheads will chase Harry and will try to jump at him at bite him in the air. The nightmare world contains a large amount of enemies and it's recommended that you run past enemies most of the time, if not the entirety of the nightmare areas. If you feel you must kill a Wormhead, use the Handgun or Shotgun. The Shotgun works better but uses more valuable ammo.
Suggested Weapon(s):
The Handgun only takes a few shots and works fairly well, but if you have the ammo for the Shotgun, it works great.

Hanged Scratcher

Location(s):
Sewers (connecting to resort area), Sewers (connecting to amusement park).
Appearance:
A large green insect creature with sharp claws. Looks somewhat like a giant frog. Sometimes found hanging on the roof.
Strategy:
Hanged Scratchers are only found in the Sewers but are very deadly creatures. They attack Harry with their claws, inflicting heavy damage. Scratchers are found roaming around both the ground and the roof, and the are heard by the sound of their claws clanking when they're walking. The Hammer works very effectively against Scratchers, especially when they're on their own. If the ammo is available or you are fighting multiple Scratchers, the Shotgun takes only a few shots. Once Scratchers die, they take a while to fall down, and when they do, they do it slowly. Always watch out for these monsters on the roofs of the Sewers, because that's where they'll strike from surprise. When you meet multiple Scratchers in a tough situation, it's best to run instead of fight.
Suggested Weapon(s):
The best melee weapon to use is the Hammer, with its quick motion and heavy damage power. The Shotgun works great as well if you have the ammo to use. The Handgun can work, too, but it takes around 5 shots, so you may be attacked while shooting with the Handgun.

Mumbler

Location(s):
Sewers (connecting to amusement park)
Appearance:
The size of a small child, with yellowish-red monster-like skin, with long claws on both hands. Looks somewhat like a teddybear and has no neck; its head is directly placed at the top of its body, similar to Demon Children.
Strategy:
These creatures are very similar to Demon Children, however, are even more disturbing by their appearance. Mumblers attack Harry by walking up to him and diving on him, using their claw fingers for damage. This attack is very damaging, and Mumblers should be killed whenever confronted. The Handgun takes around 5 shots, so the Shotgun may be the best weapon to use. The Hammer works great against Mumblers and the double swing should keep them away if you're consistent with it.
Suggested Weapon(s):
The Sewers are very dark so the Handgun might not be ideal. The Shotgun and Hammer are terrific, as always, and are very effective for killing Mumblers, even in groups.

Invisible Demon Child

Location(s):
Nowhere.
Appearance:
Takes the form of a Demon Child but is a shadowy figure; invisible. Carries a knife, just like the regular Demon Child.
Strategy:
Invisible Demon Children bear the same characteristics as regular ones, other than one obvious characteristic change, and may be hard to see in the dark corridors of Nowhere. If you keep a sharp eye, and pay attention to your radio, these creatures shouldn't be much of a problem to kill. The Shotgun is the preferred weapon for Nowhere, but the Hammer works great as well.
Suggested Weapon(s):
Use the Shotgun, and don't worry about ammo because there are no bosses to use it on (be sure you have enough Rifle shells, though). The Hammer works great as well, but it may be difficult to know when to strike because you might not see the Demon Children sometimes.

   
by Conquerer (Silent Hill FAQ)