The ability was considered the archons main form of attack apart from physical combat and consisted of a green projectile, seemingly 'spat' by the Archon which coated Raziel in a sticky web-like substance when struck, briefly paralysing and holding him in place; often this encourages the archon to advance and attack physically where they would usually maintain distance.[DEF]
As with other enemy abilities, the projectile hold ability is not directly named in game. It is however directly listed as a special attack of the Dreadnaught archons in the enemies section of Prima's Official Strategy Guide - Legacy of Kain: Defiance. The guide describes the ability as "a projectile of spectral ichor" and "spectral webbing".