A Swarm with its wings and mouth open
Silent Hill: Homecoming
Other appearances
Silent Hill: Book of Memories

Otherworld Alchemilla Hospital
Grand Hotel
Hell Descent
Otherworld Shepherd House
Otherworld Church
Attack methods

Swarm is an insect-like creature in Silent Hill: Homecoming. In appearance and function, they are much like the Creeper creature; however, they are quite different.

Swarms also appear in the spin-off game Silent Hill: Book of Memories.


Swarms are large, beetle-like creatures with a flexible, leech-like mouth. They have shiny black exoskeletons and large wings with which they use to hover in front of Alex Shepherd before attacking. A Swarm's legs are edged with sharp ridges, which it will use to assure it achieves a firm latch onto Alex. This explains why removing one can be tedious.


Swarms attack by latching onto Alex and draining his blood. They hover in the air for a moment before latching onto him, during which time Alex can attack and kill them. Otherwise, while they're on the ground, he can stomp on them. Once latched on, they will continue to drain his health until he removes them with a "dodge" action. They perish with one hit from any weapon.


They are a mixture of leeches and roaches, which are both common pests in times of war, especially in humid areas. However, they can also represent the decay of Shepherd's Glen and the rotten insides of the town's origins, and the perceived evil of Silent Hill invading Shepherd's Glen. The leech element in particular points towards lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water, where leeches are common, and in turn the events that occurred on Toluca Lake.

Swarms may also be reminiscent of Joshua Shepherd's fascination with bugs in general. It is also possible that the Swarms represent the memory of Joshua's death prying at Alex's subconscious. This is supported by how they will attach onto Alex and drain his blood, therefore making them a parasitic organisms. Just as well, bad memories that fail to vanish are often described as being "parasitic", as they drain the "host" of liveliness and the will to continue on normally through life. It's also very important to note how Alex must immediately repel a Swarm, seeing as otherwise he gradually dies. Alex's behavior of throwing Swarms aside can be symbolic of how he has completely buried the memory of his younger brother's death.


  • Defeating a Swarm for the first time while playing on an Xbox 360 will award the player with the achievement "Creeper Reaper". This is a reference to the Creeper of Silent Hill and Silent Hill 2. Both monsters have very close similarities.


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Main Characters
Alex Shepherd - Joshua Shepherd - Elle Holloway - James Wheeler - Margaret Holloway - Curtis Ackers
Other Characters
Adam Shepherd - Carol Doyle - Lillian Shepherd - Nora Holloway - Sam Bartlett - Joey Bartlett - Martin Fitch - Scarlet Fitch - Travis Grady - Order Soldier - Nash - Robbie the Rabbit
Bartlett Family - Fitch Family - Holloway Family - Shepherd Family
Amnion - Asphyxia - Bogeyman - Feral - Lurker - Needler - Nurse - Scarlet - Schism - Sepulcher - Siam - Smog - Swarm
12 Gauge Shotgun - BlueSteel Shotgun - Chrome Hammer Pistol - Ceremonial Dagger - Circular Saw - Combat Knife - Crowbar - Fire Axe - Laser Pistol - M14 Assault Rifle - Mk 23 Handgun - Police Marksman Rifle - Pulaski Axe - Steel Pipe
Alchemilla Hospital - Central Silent Hill - Church of the Holy Way - Dargento Cemetery - Dr. Fitch's Office - Grand Hotel - Hell Descent - Koontz Limited - Lair - Overlook Penitentiary - Rose Heights Cemetery - Salvage Yard - Sewers of Shepherd's Glen - Shepherd House - Shepherd's Glen - Shepherd's Glen Town Hall - Shepherd's Glen Police Station - Silent Hill Docks - Toluca Lake - Toluca Lake Offices - Toluca Lake Water and Power - Toluca River - Dog House
Bogeyman Knife - Flashlight - Fog World - Map - Monster - Otherworld - Real World - Siren - The Order - Walkie Talkie - Manifestation - UFO Ending - Great Knife - Welcome Sign - Sexuality - Halo of the Sun
Keys - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables - Items - Memos
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Major Characters
Ashley Baker - Derek Copeland - Graham Reynolds - Howard Blackwood - Jack Merrick - Katie Collins - Matthew Collins - Protagonist - Lorelai Reynolds - Shannon - Trent Baker
Other Characters
Alex Shepherd - Cybil Bennett - Emma - Harry Mason - Heather Mason - James Sunderland - Jason - Joshua Shepherd - Lisa Garland - Mary Shepherd-Sunderland - Mira - Murphy Pendleton - Travis Grady - Walter Sullivan
Air Screamer - Blood Baby - Blood Guardian - Blood Mama - Bogeyman - Bubble Head Nurse - Butcher - Double Head - Earth Guardian - Fire Guardian - Flesh Lip - Ghost - Grey Child - Insane Cancer - Light Guardian - Needler - Mother - Pyramid Head - Raw Shock - Tremer - Schism - Steel Guardian - Swarm - Valtiel - Water Guardian - Wood Guardian - Wood Sapling
A. Y. Guitar - Assault Rifle - Baseball Bat - Bare Hands - Beam Saber - Bogeyman's Hammer - Chainsaw - Circular Saw - Crossbow - Crowbar - Dagger of Melchior - Earth Sword - Fire Axe - Fire Sword - Flamethrower - Great Cleaver - Great Knife - Great Spear - Grenade - Guitar - Handgun - Hyper Spray - Katana - Knife - Maul - Meat Cleaver - Laser Gun - Pickaxe - Pillow - Pipe - Princess Heart - Robbie Doll - Rock Drill - Shovel - Shotgun - Steel Sword - Stun Gun - Sword of Obedience - Submachine Gun - Television - Torch - TV Remote - Water Sword - Wine Bottle - Wood Sword - Wood Plank
Howard's Shop - Library - Forsaken Room - Otherworld
Monster - Flashlight - Accessories - Artifacts - Karma Meter - Book of Memories - Welcome Sign

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