Snake, Cobra (Emperor)

This massive green cobra rears its head upward aggressively, its brightly colored, scaly hood flaring in an unmistakable warning.

Emperor Cobra
CR 5

XP 1,600
N Large animal
Init +6; Senses low-light vision, scent; Perception +13


AC 18, touch 11, flat-footed 16 (+2 Dex, +7 natural, –1 size)
hp 51 (6d8+24)
Fort +9, Ref +7, Will +5


Speed 30 ft., climb 30 ft., swim 30 ft.
Melee bite +10 (2d6+9 plus poison)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.


Str 22, Dex 15, Con 18, Int 1, Wis 17, Cha 2
Base Atk +4; CMB +11; CMD 23 (can’t be tripped)
Feats Improved Initiative, Skill Focus (Stealth), Weapon Focus (bite)
Skills Acrobatics +10, Climb +14, Perception +13, Stealth +11, Swim +14; Racial Modifiers +8 Acrobatics, +8 Climb, +4 Perception, +4 Stealth, +8 Swim


Poison (Ex)

Bite—injury; save Fort DC 17; frequency 1/round for 6 rounds; effect 1d3 Con; cure 2 consecutive saves.


Environment temperate or warm swamps
Organization solitary, pair, or nest (3–8)
Treasure none

Infamous among travelers for its deadly poisonous bite, the emperor cobra is a foul-tempered snake typically encountered in bogs. The snake’s scales are generally a dark green, with a pale green or even ivory underbelly. Its eyes are bright red and lack the distinctive serpentine slit most snake eyes possess. Emperor cobras are often trained to serve as guardians in temples. They are 16 feet long and weigh 200 pounds.

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.

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