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Wendigo You May Be Dealing With a Wendigo


Would you know a wendigo? And if so should you stay or should you go?

Here at SOS we have received repeated requests to add the Wendigo or Windigo to the list of monsters detectable by The Monstrometer. And it’s not that we don’t want to add this terrifying, shifty, flesh-eating cannibalistic being to our list of Monstrometer alerts.

No, it’s just that unlike other supernatural beings from fairies to demons and everything in between, SOS does not, unfortunately, receive much first-hand intel from Wendigo survivors.

In fact we count zero self-declared wendigo among the 6 million to visit and/or join the active SOS community to share supernatural secrets. And only one self-declared wendigo attack survivor.

Why no wendigo survivors on SOS?

Why no wendigo survivors on SOS?

Unfortunately -or fortunately-  depending how you look at this supernatural situation – there may be several reasons for this. Consider:

A) The traditional Aboriginal wendigo hunters have been effectively keeping this shifty population at bay and there are very few real ones left.

B) Nobody survives a wendigo encounter or

C) Nobody knows because of the wendigo’s shape-shifting ways and/or strong resemblance to other beings including some zombies and hungry cannibals.

In any event, you can see the situation. It’s not that SOS doesn’t want to respond to your urgent supernatural survival needs. It’s just that it would be supernaturally irresponsible to pass on more second or even third-hand information.

(After all, SOS does have a reputation to uphold as the third most popular and first most reliable supernatural survivology site on the Interwebs!)

But by way of reply to recently received requests, we post the following information, submitted to the SOS community by survivors Raven269, Ravenwillow and Assanjin:

3 Tips to Survive a Wendigo Attack

1. Wendi-stay, Wendi-go…

Wendigo are therianthropes of the second order and as such they can mimic both voices and shapes. Understandably, this makes them hard to detect.

Hard, but not impossible. Like most beings driven by insatiable hunger, Wendigo prefer inhabiting large, carnivorous forms with massive teeth and jaws over say, staplers and/or insects.

Animal horns are a dead giveaway. Wendigo use them to lure unsuspecting trophy hunters to their death. Just see someone sprout a rack on his head? Time to make yourself scarce.

2. Shhhh…

Most people who encounter a wendigo die because they made the mistake of screaming. The one weakness of the wendigo is eyesight. So don’t alert them to your exact location aka: DON’T SCREAM! Just move away as quickly and quietly as possible. 

3. Avoid Eye Contact

While generally a good rule of thumb to follow with almost any being that shines red light out of its eyeballs, with wendigo this is particularly important. Ever see a deer caught in the headlights? Well with wendigo, this appears to work in reverse. This deer is hunting you.

That’s all we have for now survivors. Until we know more, you may wish to contact members of the survival community, see Raven269 or Assanjin and shoot them a reply-comment.

And thanks as ever for keeping on, keeping on!

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22 comments to Wendigo You May Be Dealing With a Wendigo

  • Assanjin

    I had survived an encounter with a wendigo, really tall and pale, had antlers. His body adorned with the hides of animals and his hands had long claws and on his back there was a woven basket. You’d be surprised to know they have surprising cognitive skills and aren’t mindless like the common zombie, they are merely very overwhelmed by massive unending hunger. One must never look them in the eyes however as then their hunger is maximized and they lock on to your soul and will follow you until they are killed or you are eaten.The best way to appease them is to leave them some food like fruit or meat. They cannot harm larger or tougher mythical creatures such as I at that time so he did not try to attack but I didn’t look him in the eyes so he wouldn’t follow me.They shall try to trick you into being their meal, or their slave or their companion, by tricking you to look at their eyes, by having you answer a riddle or by giving you a gift (don’t accept). They fear bears as bears are the only forrest creature that can hurt them, so it is best to have a necklace with a bear’s claw on hand. Nanuks especially make Wendigos fear for their lives (Nanuk are a spirit bear from the far north). Wendigos are bony thin, hair is ragged and bloody, the atmosphere around them is vold and depressing, you can just feel the woe in the air around them. A wendigo gains entry to a homd by knocking 8 times onwall next to the door and waiting for someone to open it, if the door is opened by the door of the house you are in deep whodo.

    • Hail Assanjin,

      Thanks for adding to the article with your first-hand experience. This is the first I have heard that Wendigo are riddlers. Good to know.

      Long may you keeping on keeping on,


      • Assanjin

        Any time Seth, any time at all. I answer the questions that need answering for when I am needed I will always return, but these days the need of me has fallen very low so I skulk and linger in shadow, plus I moved away from my home and to America. More wendigo encounters here on out or maybe I’ll wrestle an alligator nearby on my way to the Magic Kingdom (live 25 minutes away from it).

  • Mr. Mutt

    Interesting points on Wendigo. Though I can’t technically say I survived my contact with one I have encountered one in the past. Contrary to what Assajin stated the Wendigo did attack me, though I was a physically stronger opponent. Perhaps Wendigos don’t like dragons. Anywho everything else is pretty accurate, paper thin, shapeshifting, has anyone mentioned their hearts yet? Wendigos have a block of ice in place of their heart. Thus the only way to dispatch a Wendigo is with fire. Hmm what else… They’re native to North America… Insanely fast… Ah yes there is several legends that state that Wendigos are created when a person who is starving during a particularly harsh winter eats another person. This could explain why they’re so uncommon these days. I mean come on, practically no one in the northern regions of North America is starving these days.

    • Assanjin

      In my island there were also a few. They inhabitted the high mountains and deep caves. Though we did not call them Wendigo, they were known as hachos.The tall ones whom walk in the forests at night in search of foolish people wandering around at night.Different name but exactly the same. He had not even tried to attack me though, maybe indeed they fear draconians, then again not many would mess with a draconian I suppose since they are quite tough in their nature. Other than that nothing else.

    • Hail Mr. Mutt,

      Thanks for adding to the intel on Wendigo despite your most current supernatural situation and congrats on your epic Wendigo survival. Any idea how you managed to encounter one ie: was it purely a case of bad luck? Or were there external controllable in hindsight circumstances also at play?

      Long may you keep on keeping on,


    • Fenrir Iceborn

      There are still the elder wendigo (see my post below). Starvation cannibalism creates lesser wendigo and even those are incredibly strong and hard to destroy. Still I saw one challenge a powerful shaman and get roasted once. He called me after to return its soul to the world of Ice.

  • Ravenwillow

    It seems so slow around here lately…

  • Raven269

    I realize I’ve been of the site for quite a while, and I apoligize for that. School and whatnot. Anyways, I can’t really say that I’ve fought one (in this species-state, I guess that’s what you would call it), but I was in the woods right behind my house. I usually go there to relax, to relieve stress and calm my anxiety, but that day a depressing and felt kind of… empty. It was strong enough to a point that I decided to follow it, but I climbed a tree to stay out of the creatures line of vision. I usually never felt such auras in the woods, and it was honestly confusing to me. I followed the aura for a while before coming across the creature. It was pale, hunched over a lifeless deer, and I could hear the snapping and crunching of bone. The antlers of this being was what set me off. Thank the gods and goddesses, it didn’t look up into the trees.

    I climbed through the trees the rest of the way until I reached the edge of the forest. I dropped from the trees and ran to my house. What terrifies me, and not much does, was how close the Wendigo was to my house. I feared, still fear, for my family.


  • Fenrir Iceborn

    I can shed some light they were spirits cast out of the Wildhunt for taking to much. While cast put they maintained their abilities but became even more twisted. Now they serve some unknown end. Fourtunately they aren’t exactly allied with the demons. Unfourtunately they can possess people and hunger for human flesh.
    They can be driven off or killed with fire. But most stories say someone has to sacrifice themself to lure the beast into the flames. Which may account for the lack of survivals. They are essentially hunger spirits and can’t be reasoned with I suggest you run fast.
    Really they’re almost as bad as greater demons. Not something to mess with.

  • Rusty

    Seth, I regret to inform you that you left out a key point. Wendigo are summoned by someone verbally speaking their name. It will then hunt down the person, usually disguised as someone they trust and manipulate its voice to trick the said person into false security. It then proceeds to kill and eat the host

    • Alex

      I have said the name of this creature many times in the past, nothing has happened yet, is this luck or what?

      • Reaper

        I’m afraid he was mistaken. You see, he has confused Skinwalkers with Wendigo. However unless you speak the true Navajo name of the Skinwalker it will not appear. At least that’s how I personally understand it

  • Alex

    Just wondering, I have said the name of this beast several times not knowing that It could track this, but still nothing has happened, is this luck or what? Please reply so I can know for sure.

  • Wrenee

    I believe that I Have had a problem with a wendigo. I have never heard of them before tonight when some people were discussing something they saw in the woods by their house.

    I encountered on of these spirits when somehow it got into my apartment building. I heard it growling on the roof first and then a few weeks later inside and then a month or two later I could feel its full shape and size, about four feet wide and square and about 8 feet tall, possibly crouched in my neighbors living room. It was growling and scratching and I could feel its evilness. He was having some food problems at the time. He was offered food and wouldn’t always accept it. A few weeks later after that he burned the building down. He said he felt like he was under attack from evil spirits. It seemed to be interested mostly in him. It didn’t seem to be able to come into my place, perhaps because I had a cat. I was in the hospital for several weeks due to smoke inhalation and my cat died in the fire. I had to get my ankle fused as I broke it going out the second story window. What do you think of this?

    To follow-up on tis – I stayed with my mother for a few weeks and I could feel it looking at me through her windows. However, it could not come in and seemed to leave. What do you think of this? Is it gone or will it come back? Is it in my neighbor (he is in jail)? Should I be afraid still? Why would this come to me? Was it random? Is it possible that someone in my family who visits sweat lodges could have brought this around me? Any feedback, insights or comments are welcome. Thanks.

  • Landon Thrower

    Hello, my name is Landon and I think I have encountered a wendigo and I am still being hunted down by it. Last week I went to the woods to a favorite spot of mine and I saw a homeless man. The next day I went back to that spot and the homeless man was there but he looked dead with an arm ripped off and he tried to attack me. The next couple days passed and I tried going back to see what that was but I got distracted by some noises I heard in a house being built nearby. I went in there and I saw a tall figure, really bony and pale with razor sharp tree. I ran out of there and for the past couple days I have been experiencing weird and dangerous events. PLEASE HELP ME!!!

    • Scarlett Lupa

      Brace yourself. An easy solution to protect yourself is fire. So get some flare guns and fireworks. Also make sure you have good cardio your going to need it.

      • Scarlett Lupa

        I would also like to add that an Anazi symbol is good for protection as well. It’s not a complete solution but at least you’ll survive another day.

  • Helper

    Landon, do you have any family you feel secure with? Surrounding yourself with loved ones will help. Also have you been experiencing any dreams or waking hallucinations? Have you been experimenting with any ‘left-of-field’ practices or know anyone that has recently? Also have you experienced any other strange phenomena previous to this encounter recently?

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