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Tick Swarm


The rasping legs of this hideous, shining carpet of fist-sized ticks rattle ominously as the swarm skitters forward.

Tick Swarm CR 9

XP 6,400
N Fine vermin (swarm)
Init
+2; Senses darkvision 60 ft., scent; Perception +0

DEFENSE

AC 23, touch 20, flat-footed 21 (+2 Dex, +3 natural, +8 size)
hp
120 (16d8+48)
Fort
+13, Ref +7, Will +5
Defensive Abilities
swarm traits
Immune
mind-affecting effects, weapon damage

OFFENSE

Speed 30 ft., climb 30 ft.
Melee
swarm (4d6 plus disease, distraction, and blood drain)
Special Attacks
blood drain (1d4 Con), cling, distraction (DC 21)

STATISTICS

Str 1, Dex 14, Con 16, Int —, Wis 11, Cha 1
Base Atk
+12; CMB —; CMD
Skills Climb +10; Racial Modifiers +8 Climb, uses Dex on Climb checks

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Cling (Ex)

If a creature leaves a tick swarm’s square, the swarm takes 1d6 points of damage to reflect the loss of its numbers as several ticks cling to the victim. A creature with ticks clinging to it takes swarm damage at the end of its turn each round. As a full round action, the creature can remove the ticks with a DC 20 Reflex save. At least 10 points of damage from any area effect destroys all clinging ticks. The save DC is Dexterity-based.

Disease (Ex)

Bubonic Plague: Bite—injury; save Fort DC 21; onset 1 day; frequency 1/day; effect 1d4 Con damage, 1 Cha damage, fatigue; cure 2 consecutive saves.

The DC is Con-based.

ECOLOGY

Environment temperate forests
Organization
solitary, pair, or colony (3–6)
Treasure
none

Tick swarms are merciless blights, able to quickly reduce the larger animal life of a region they infest to blood-drained, diseased husks.

Section 15: Copyright Notice
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 2, © 2010, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Authors Wolfgang
Baur, Jason Bulmahn, Adam Daigle, Graeme Davis, Crystal Frasier, Joshua J. Frost, Tim
Hitchcock, Brandon Hodge, James Jacobs, Steve Kenson, Hal MacLean, Martin Mason, Rob
McCreary, Erik Mona, Jason Nelson, Patrick Renie, Sean K Reynolds, F. Wesley Schneider,
Owen K.C. Stephens, James L. Sutter, Russ Taylor, and Greg A. Vaughan, based on material
by Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, and Skip Williams.