Fish, Piranha Swarm

This school of red-bellied fish swims swiftly, each tiny mouth filled with rows of razor-sharp teeth ready to feast on flesh.

Piranha Swarm CR 3

XP 800
N Tiny animal (aquatic, swarm)
Init +7; Senses blindsense 30 ft., keen scent, low-light vision; Perception +5


AC 15, touch 15, flat-footed 12 (+3 Dex, +2 size)
hp 26 (4d8+8)
Fort +6, Ref +7, Will +2
Defensive Abilities swarm traits


Speed swim 30 ft.
Melee swarm (1d6 plus bleed and distraction)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 0 ft.
Special Attacks bleed (1d6), distraction (DC 14), feeding frenzy


Str 3, Dex 16, Con 15, Int 1, Wis 12, Cha 2
Base Atk +3; CMB —; CMD
Feats Improved Initiative, Skill Focus (Stealth)
Skills Perception +5, Stealth +19, Swim +15


Feeding Frenzy (Ex)

Against a foe taking bleed damage, a piranha swarm deals 2d6 points of damage with its swarm attack rather than 1d6 points of damage.


Environment warm freshwater
Organization solitary, shoal (2–5 swarms), or school (6–10 swarms)
Treasure none

Shoals of piranhas are voracious feeders, capable of stripping the flesh from the bones of large animals with astonishing speed. These fish have garnered a well-earned reputation in regions where they thrive, but while they are native to tropical rivers, many species of piranha are incredibly hearty. Collectors of exotic pets sometimes ship tanks of these carnivorous fish home, and some unscrupulous owners even put the fish to work disposing of unwanted bodies. When the authorities draw near, panicked criminals sometimes dump the fish into nearby rivers, inadvertently unleashing schools in waters woefully unprepared for their ravenous introduction!

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