Slender spines and brightly colored frills stretch back from the human-like face of this massive water snake. Every motion of the serpent’s long form sets its brightly patterned scales and glistening fins to flashing like gems in the surf.
Water Naga CR 7 (XP 3,200)
3rd (5/day)—protection from energy, suggestion (DC 17)
2nd (7/day)—acid arrow, invisibility, mirror image
1st (7/day)—expeditious retreat, magic missile, obscuring mist, shield, true strike
0 (at will)—acid splash, daze (DC 14), detect magic, light, mage hand, open/close, read magic
Str 20, Dex 23, Con 20, Int 11, Wis 17, Cha 18
Base Atk +6; CMB +12; CMD 28 (can’t be tripped)
Feats Combat Casting, Eschew MaterialsB, Lightning Reflexes, Skill Focus (Perception), Skill Focus (Stealth)
Skills Bluff +8, Knowledge (local) +4, Perception +17, Spellcraft +11, Stealth +16, Swim +13
Languages Aquan, Common
A water naga casts spells as a 7th-level sorcerer.
Environment temperate water
Organization solitary, pair, or nest (3-4)
With mottled scales of blue and green, water nagas’ serpentine beauty belies their deadliness. Although doubtlessly intelligent, these nagas have more in common with normal snakes than most of their kind, preferring to be left to their own devices and lashing out at any creatures that would disturb them. A typical water naga measures 10 feet long and weighs 250 pounds.
Where many nagas claim particular lairs as their homes, water nagas typically have a number of retreats, migrating from one to the next with the changing of the seasons. These nagas keep elaborate summer and winter lairs, with several favored shelters positioned between these so they can make a circuit of familiar rivers and coasts throughout the year. Fiercely territorial when it comes to their lairs, water nagas typically attack any that intrude upon their sanctuaries, only bothering to question interlopers once such creatures have been weakened by poison, if at all.
As their yearly treks make many water nagas especially well traveled, those who live near the serpents’ lairs— usually lizardfolk, fey, and human tribes—often court the snake creatures’ good graces with offerings of rich local delicacies, hoping to learn of nearby lands and pass on their own stories to distant neighbors. Enjoying flattery, exciting tales, and the adoration of those they see as lesser creatures, most water nagas take pride in their roles as travelers. However, while rarely malicious, they quickly grow bored of repetitive, mundane anecdotes and often embellish the stories they’ve heard with their own fictions—caring little for the repercussions such misleading tales might cause for their listeners. The congeniality of some water nagas does not extend to the entire race, and many unwary souls, even those with only the best intentions, face these serpentine creatures’ deadly bite.
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 3, © 2011, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Authors Jesse Benner, Jason Bulmahn, Adam Daigle, James Jacobs, Michael Kenway, Rob McCreary, Patrick Renie, Chris Sims, F. Wesley Schneider, James L. Sutter, and Russ Taylor, based on material by Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, and Skip Williams.