Locust, Plague Locust Swarm

Buzzing with an ear-shattering drone, this cloud is full of particularly vicious-looking locusts.

Plague Locust Swarm CR 8

XP 4,800
Init +4; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +1


AC 22, touch 22, flat-footed 18 (+4 Dex, +8 size)
hp 90 (12d8+36)
Fort +11, Ref +8, Will +5
Defensive Abilities swarm traits; Immune mind-affecting effects, weapon damage


Speed 10 ft., climb 10 ft., fly 40 ft. (average)
Melee swarm (4d6 plus distraction)
Space 10 ft., Reach 0 ft.
Special Attacks devour, distraction (DC 19), voracious


Str 1, Dex 18, Con 17, Int —, Wis 13, Cha 2
Base Atk +9; CMB —; CMD
Skills Climb +12, Fly +12


Devour (Ex)

A plague locust swarm causes damage to unattended objects in its space each round as though they were creatures, and can even damage normally inedible objects.

Voracious (Ex)

A plague locust swarm’s swarm attack deals double damage to creatures of the plant type and to objects made of paper, wood, or other plant materials.


Environment warm deserts or plains
Organization solitary, pair, or calamity (3–64)
Treasure none

Swarms of plague locusts can strip acres of crops bare in an hour, and can depopulate small villages in a day as they move through and devour everything in sight.

Not only do these ravenous pests rend flesh and savage crops, but they also are noted for destroying buildings and other property. Plague locust bites can scour tiles off roofs and weaken the exposed support beams of sheds and stables (to say nothing of what they do to the camels, goats , and horses within). Plague locust swarms are rare and only stream through in large numbers every few years.

Plague locust swarms are often considered to be the work of a demon lord.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Source Pathfinder Adventure Path #79: The Half-Dead City © 2014, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Authors: Crystal Frasier, Jim Groves, Will McCardell, Michael McCarthy, and Amber E.Scott.

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