Creatures

Closer

Location(s):
Lakeside Amusement Park, Central Square Shopping Center, Nightmare Mall, Lakeside Amusement Park Revisited, Church.
Appearance:
A very tall creature with two large padded arms that widen as they go down. Has normal-sized legs and doesn't really have a face but you can see its mouth. The Closer likes to twitch its head a lot. People used to call it "Weezer Arms" because of its appearance.
Strategy:
The Closer isn't a good fighter at all, really. It has slow reactions and moves fairly slowly. However, its attacks are rather powerful. You don't really need to kill Closers because they're not much of a threat, but if you find one really annoying you, try to use the Handgun. Move backwards while you're shooting them if they're close. It is always easy to just run past them, however.
Suggested Weapon(s):
The Handgun is probably the best weapon to use on Closers; keep your distance though. The Submachine Gun is also good on Closers but you usually don't have much ammo for it. Melee weapons don't work too well because it's not that good to be close to Closers. The Shotgun is great on them because of its widespread range, but try not to use too much ammo.

Numb Body

Location(s):
Central Square Shopping Center, Nightmare Mall, Underpass, Hilltop Center.
Appearance:
A numb body that's purple in colour and has a head that looks like an eyeball. Veins appear on the body. Come in sizes small, medium and large. No fries with that.
Strategy:
Numb Bodies aren't hard to kill and don't take more than a good melee weapon. They walk slowly so you can give them a whack with a melee weapon and step back. You can kill them with the Knife, but it takes a while. When you get the Steel Pipe, it gets a lot easier. Numb Bodies are usually in groups but it's not hard to kill them all. Just let them come to you separately, and if one's already in the way, another one behind it probably won't be able to get to you. Try to back up or sidestep when fighting them so they don't get a chance to attack you.
Suggested Weapon(s):
The Steel Pipe is always great, specifically the overhead swing. The Handgun is good because of its range, however, you don't always need it because the Steel Pipe is good enough. Let Numb Bodies in groups come to you one by one and it's pretty easy. Try to attack from behind when they're alone.

Double Head

Location(s):
Lakeside Amusement Park, Central Square Shopping Center, Nightmare Mall, Hazel Street Subway Station, Hilltop Center, Nightmare Hilltop Center, Silent Hill, Nightmare Hospital, Lakeside Amusement Park Revisited.
Appearance:
A dog covered in bandages and a head split in half. Like a roasted dead dog come to life. Somewhat like the Demon Dog in the first Silent Hill but is a lot bigger and not as skinny.
Strategy:
Double Heads move pretty fast but you can outrun them. They are usually in groups but their attacks aren't that powerful, so you can take them on. They usually run and jump up at you. It's good to use the Steel Pipe or Katana, if you have them, to kill them. Try to get behind them and attack from there. Use the strafing buttons so they can't get you. Double Heads like to eat meat on the ground and usually are doing so. Try to just run past them when they're doing this. Double Heads are also attracted to Beef Jerky, so try putting some on the ground for distractions. In open areas, Double Heads howl (for reinforcements), so you can tell where they are.
Suggested Weapon(s):
The Katana and Steel Pipe are great for killing Double Heads. But if you don't have them, the Handgun can easily do the job. You'll start off with just the Knife, but it isn't too good on Double Heads. It will take a while to kill them, meaning they will try several attack attempts; use the strafing buttons so they can't bite you.

Pendulum

Location(s):
Lakeside Amusement Park, Nightmare Mall, Underpass, Construction Site, Silent Hill, Lakeside Amusement Park Revisited, Church.
Appearance:
Looks somewhat like a spider. Has needles for legs and is wrapped in a
cocoon. Has two heads with blades on each of them.
Strategy:
Usually the best thing to do with Pendulums is to simply run away. When you shoot them, it will just make them come faster towards you. Sometimes you encounter Pendulums on the ground, but they're usually flying. Try to knock them down from the air with the Shotgun and then shoot them again to get the job done. The Handgun doesn't seem to work well at all -- bullets are deflected. If you have the ammo, the Submachine Gun is great. Aim up and shoot the Pendulum -- this will trigger it to lunge towards you -- and keep shooting up. It will knock the Pendulum to the ground and will
usually be dead.
Suggested Weapon(s):
The Shotgun works fine. One shot should knock it down and another should kill it. The Submachine Gun is great but you usually don't have much ammo for it.

Insane Cancer

Location(s):
Hazel Street Subway Station, Construction Site (depends), Hilltop Center, Nightmare Hilltop Center, Church.
Appearance:
A very large and fat monster. Its face appears to be crushed inward like
it got its face punched in.
Strategy:
You only encounter Insane Cancers while they're lying on the ground, and they have to get up. But you'll be surprised at how fast they can move. Once one starts running, it will scare you. When you encounter an Insane Cancer (lying down), take advantage of it and run past it. Even in narrow areas you can run past them by pushing them a little. Insane Cancers have a lot of health, but if you really want to kill them, use the Shotgun. The Handgun isn't really powerful so it won't do much. When you knock an Insane Cancer down, it doesn't mean it's dead. It's dead when it deflates.
Suggested Weapon(s):
The Shotgun is great on Insane Cancers. Use the Shotgun to blast them and it won't take too long to kill them. Still shoot at them while they're on the ground -- if they don't move they will soon deflate because they're dead. If you have the ammo, the Submachine Gun is amazing for killing these massive monsters.

Slurper

Location(s):
Nightmare Hilltop Center, Nightmare Hospital, Church.
Appearance:
Looks somewhat like a human body and has a beak on its face so it can suck things. Its arms, hands and legs have leather-type coverings over them.
Strategy:
Slurpers are the most annoying enemies in Silent Hill 3. They will come up to you and knock you to the ground if they get the chance. You usually won't be able to get past them without being knocked down first, so it's good to blast them with the Shotgun before they reach you. You don't get many Shotgun Shells so only kill them when you have to. The Handgun isn't too good because it lacks power, but it can get the job done. After you shoot a Slurper, it will just lay there and fake its death. Don't be fooled by this -- it's dead when you see blood pour out its corpse.
Suggested Weapon(s):
The Shotgun is your best bet. Because of its power it won't take much to kill Slurpers. But try not to use too much ammo and make sure the majority of the Shotgun shrapnel hit the Slurper -- letting them get close to you will give better results, however, if you miss, they can knock you down. The Handgun is weak and won't work too well, especially due to the fact that Slurpers move quickly towards you. Melee weapons don't work well because Slurpers are on the ground and you'll have to press X hard every time you want to hit them, and they'll be able to easily knock you down.

Nurse Demon

Location(s):
Brookhaven Hospital, Nightmare Hospital.
Appearance:
Just like the Nurse Demons from Silent Hill 2 except they have hair and faces this time, as well as longer skirts. Nurses wear hospital uniforms and high heel shoes.
Strategy:
Nurses are rather strong and require a lot of hits. They carry Steel Pipes or Revolvers, so melee weapons won't work too well. The Handgun is pretty good, but try to stay far away from Nurses while you shoot them or else you may receive a beating -- be sure to back up as they come towards you. Nurse Demons tend to whack even if you're not in their range, but they can hit you if you're close enough, and actually shoot you if you're in range. Go for Nurses with Revolvers first because if you get hit with one it will inflict a lot of damage. The Shotgun is perfect for fighting Nurses in groups, so when you're surrounded, you'll know what to do.
Suggested Weapon(s):
The Handgun works fine, just stay away from the Nurse Demons while you shoot them. When fighting multiple Nurses, use the Shotgun. The Shotgun also works well if they get too close. The Submachine Gun can work pretty nicely if you have the ammo.

Scraper

Location(s):
Church.
Appearance:
Looks similar to Pyramid Head from Silent Hill 2 but different in some
ways. Very closely resembles the Missionary boss but not nearly as strong. Has a pyramid-type head but altered a little. Has rubber gloves over its hands and has a skirt-type costume and shoes.
Strategy:
Scrapers aren't very strong -- it only takes 1 or 2 shots from the Shotgun to kill them. There are few Scrapers in the game and they're only in the Church, but they can sometimes deflect attacks from the front. If you can, attack from the back. The Handgun does work but it's not that good. The Submachine Gun does the job pretty quick so it's substitute of the Shotgun. Try not to let Scrapers get close enough that they can attack. But you can let them come close and blast them with the Shotgun.
Suggested Weapon(s):
The Shotgun works great and takes care of Scrapers with no problem. The Submachine Gun is also great but it doesn't have much ammo. The Handgun is usually deflected -- the Shotgun is your best bet.

Valtiel

Location(s):
Nightmare Mall, Nightmare Hilltop Center, Nightmare Hospital, Church.
Appearance:
A rather strange looking monster just like some others in this game. Valtiel's costume is very similar to Pyramid Head's from Silent Hill 2. The head of Valtiel twitches a lot like that of the Closer. Has a slight tone of yellow. You'll find Valtiel in 5-15 places in the game and he's almost always turning a valve for some reason. He could be helping you and he never tries to hurt you.
Strategy:
No strategy since Valtiel never really encounters you. You always just pass by each other or one of you passes by the other. Valtiel may scare you but there's nothing to worry about. After you die in certain areas (usually Nightmare areas), Valtiel will come to collect you and drag you away.
Suggested Weapon(s):
None. Valtiel can't be hit and there's no reason for you to shoot him.

   
by Conquerer (Silent Hill 3 FAQ)