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Viper Swarm

The frightening mass of shining scales, gleaming eyes, and fangs dripping with venom that comprise a viper swarm has brought an end to many an unlucky adventurer. Normally nocturnal, these notoriously aggressive snakes strike at anything that comes within reach, be it limb or weapon. Their venom is a potent toxin that leaves victims shaky and weak.

Recall Knowledge - Animal (Nature): DC 19

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Proficiency without Level

Changes from being Weak are marked in red below.
NOTE: The -2 damage penalty to non-strike offensive abilities (-4 if the ability is limited, such as spells) is NOT factored in.

Weak Viper SwarmCreature 4

NLargeAnimalSwarm
Source Bestiary 3 pg. 249
Perception +12; low-light vision, scent (imprecise) 60 feet
Skills Acrobatics +11, Stealth +9
Str +1, Dex +5, Con +3, Int -4, Wis +2, Cha -3
AC 16; Fort +9, Ref +11, Will +8
HP 35; Immunities precision, swarm mind; Resistances bludgeoning 5, piercing 5, slashing 3; Weaknesses area damage 5, splash damage 5
Speed 30 feet, climb 30 feet, swim 30 feet
Venom Spritz Two ActionsTwo Actions The vipers spray venom from their fangs in a defensive display. Each creature in a 10-foot cone is exposed to viper swarm venom but gains a +2 circumstance bonus to its initial saving throw against the poison.Venomous Fangs Single ActionSingle Action Each enemy in the swarm's space takes 2d8 piercing damage (DC 19 basic Reflex save) plus viper swarm venom.Viper Swarm Venom (poison) Saving Throw DC 19 Fortitude; Maximum Duration 6 rounds; Stage 1 1d4 poison damage (1 round); Stage 2 1d6 poison damage and clumsy 1 (1 round); Stage 3 2d4 poison damage, clumsy 2, and enfeebled 1 (1 round)

All Monsters in "Snake"

NameLevel
Ball Python1
Emperor Cobra5
Giant Anaconda8
Giant Viper2
Rat Snake Swarm2
Sea Snake0
Viper-1
Viper Swarm4

Snake

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.