Swarm, Scorpion

Faint scraping sounds crescendo into a cacophony of skittering as tiny scorpions pour from the sands, ready to devour all unsuspecting sleepers in the tent.

Scorpion Swarm CR 4

XP 1,200
N Diminutive vermin (swarm)
Init +3; Senses darkvision 60 ft., tremorsense 60 ft.; Perception +5


AC 17, touch 17, flat-footed 14 (+3 Dex, +4 size)
hp 39 (6d8+12)
Fort +5, Ref +5, Will +3
Defensive Abilities swarm traits; Immune weapon damage


Speed 20 ft., burrow 5 ft.
Melee swarm (2d6 plus poison)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 0 ft.


Str 1, Dex 16, Con 14, Int —, Wis 13, Cha 2
Base Atk +4; CMB —; CMD
Skills Climb +7, Perception +5, Stealth +19 (+23 in deserts); Racial Modifiers +4 Climb, +4 Perception, +4 Stealth (+8 in deserts)
SQ swarm traits, vermin traits


Poison (Ex)

Swarm: injury; save Fort DC 15; frequency 1/round for 4 rounds; effect 1 Dexterity and 1 Strength damage; cure 1 save. The save DC is Constitution-based.


Environment warm deserts
Organization solitary, pair, or colony (3–6 swarms)
Treasure none

This seemingly unending, waterfall-like crush of small, poisonous scorpions is the stuff of many adventurers’ nightmares. A scorpion swarm is rare but deadly; the odd tiny scorpion in one’s shoes or discarded robes is not necessarily cause for concern, but experienced desert dwellers prefer to crush all such creatures in case they are the harbinger of a swarm. Indeed, scorpion swarms can descend upon the unwitting rather quickly. When they do, their innumerable bites, not to mention their poison, can be enough to kill even the heartiest humanoids.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Southlands Bestiary for Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. © 2015 Open Design. Authors: Kristian Ahonen, Eric Anderson, Anonymous, Joshua Banks, Wolfgang Baur, dpb, Clinton Boomer, Marina de Santiago Buey, Angelica Burns, Jarrod Camiré, Aaron Cheung, Jim Davis, Lee DeBoer, Dan Dillon, John Doh, Chris Doyle, Harold Farmer, John Foster, Erik Freund, Leonard Grand, Amanda Hamon Kunz, Andrew Harshman, Jacob Haywood, Steven T. Helt, Jeffrey Hersh, Andrew Hind, Richard Iversen, Alex Kanous, Henry S. Kurtz, Richard Lawson, Jeff Lee, Chris Lockey, Ari Marmell, Ben McFarland, Jesse McGatha, Brett A. McLean, Brian Wiborg Mønster, Matt Morrissette, Robert H. Nichols, Stacy Nichols, Kalervo Oikarinen, Gunnar Ólafsson, Richard Rossi, Stephen Rowe, Adam Roy, Wendall Roy, Matt Rupprecht, Allen F. Schell, Brian Suskind, Troy Taylor, James Thomas, John Tolios, James Whittaker, Clarence Wisdom, and Henry Wong.

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