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PFS StandardRat Snake Swarm

A solitary snake might be no cause for alarm, but a hissing mass of frenzied snakes can make even seasoned adventurers shudder. Rat snakes can reach lengths of up to 10 feet, and they gather en masse to hibernate as well as to breed. Though nonvenomous, these territorial snakes will strike anything that threatens them.

Recall Knowledge - Animal (Nature): DC 16
Unspecific Lore: DC 14
Specific Lore: DC 11

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Rat Snake SwarmCreature 2

Source Bestiary 3 pg. 249
Perception +8; low-light vision, scent (imprecise) 30 feet
Skills Acrobatics +10, Stealth +8
Str +0, Dex +4, Con +2, Int -4, Wis +2, Cha -3
AC 16; Fort +8, Ref +10, Will +6
HP 20; Immunities precision, swarm mind; Resistances bludgeoning 3, piercing 5, slashing 5; Weaknesses area damage 3, splash damage 3
Mass Wriggle Trigger The rat snake swarm takes damage from a melee Strike; Effect Snakes slither up and around the creature's weapon and limbs. The target must succeed at a DC 15 Will save or become frightened 1.
Speed 20 feet, climb 20 feet, swim 20 feet
Swarming Strikes Each enemy in the swarm's space takes 1d8 piercing damage (DC 17 basic Reflex save).

All Monsters in "Snake"

Ball Python1
Emperor Cobra5
Giant Anaconda8
Giant Viper2
Rat Snake Swarm2
Sea Snake0
Viper Swarm4


Source Bestiary pg. 302
Snakes come in an array of forms, from jungle-dwelling constrictors that wrap around their prey to venomous vipers with deadly bites. Regardless, all snakes consume their prey whole by unhinging their jaws and using powerful muscles to move the food down their throats and into their stomachs.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Eating Habits

Snakes of all sorts eat their meals by devouring their prey whole. After incapacitating a creature, a snake unhinges its jaw and consumes the creature entirely, even if it's more than twice the diameter of the snake's body. A snake can consume a creature of the same size as itself or smaller, but most snakes are logy and sluggish while the meal digests.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Slithering Packs

Despite their solitary natures, snakes come together in swarms for purposes of hibernation or mating. However, a few species have learned to stick together and coordinate their hunting efforts, leading to slithering packs of predatory snakes.

Sidebar - Treasure and Rewards Snake Resources

Snakeskin's distinctive pattern and wide variety of applications makes it a sought-after resource, and the hides of extra-large snakes such as giant anacondas can fetch a fine price in the right market. Such oversized snake hides can be used to craft clothing of snakeskin leather, including boots and gloves, as well as other items such as scabbards, backpacks, and even tents or makeshift boats. A snake's hide can be cleanly removed with a successful Crafting check or appropriate Lore check.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Snakes in Mythology

Snakes appear frequently and prominently in the myths and legends of many cultures throughout the Inner Sea region. In Ancient Osirion, snakes were revered and associated both with the evil serpent god Apep and the good goddess Wadjet, the Green Empress. Perhaps the best-known example of snakes in Golarion's legends are the serpentfolk— serpentine humanoids who ruled vast swaths of the world in prehistoric times and worshipped a foul snake deity called Ydersius.