Tick Swarm

The rasping legs of this hideous, shining carpet of fist-sized ticks rattle ominously as the swarm skitters forward.

Tick Swarm CR 9

XP 6,400
N Fine vermin (swarm)
Init +2; Senses darkvision 60 ft., scent; Perception +0


AC 23, touch 20, flat-footed 21 (+2 Dex, +3 natural, +8 size)
hp 120 (16d8+48)
Fort +13, Ref +7, Will +5
Defensive Abilities swarm traits
Immune mind-affecting effects, weapon damage


Speed 30 ft., climb 30 ft.
Melee swarm (4d6 plus disease, distraction, and blood drain)
Special Attacks blood drain (1d4 Con), cling, distraction (DC 21)


Str 1, Dex 14, Con 16, Int —, Wis 11, Cha 1
Base Atk +12; CMB —; CMD
Skills Climb +10; Racial Modifiers +8 Climb, uses Dex on Climb checks


Cling (Ex)

If a creature leaves a tick swarm’s square, the swarm takes 1d6 points of damage to reflect the loss of its numbers as several ticks cling to the victim. A creature with ticks clinging to it takes swarm damage at the end of its turn each round. As a full round action, the creature can remove the ticks with a DC 20 Reflex save. At least 10 points of damage from any area effect destroys all clinging ticks. The save DC is Dexterity-based.

Disease (Ex)

Bubonic Plague: Bite—injury; save Fort DC 21; onset 1 day; frequency 1/day; effect 1d4 Con damage, 1 Cha damage, fatigue; cure 2 consecutive saves.

The DC is Con-based.


Environment temperate forests
Organization solitary, pair, or colony (3–6)
Treasure none

Tick swarms are merciless blights, able to quickly reduce the larger animal life of a region they infest to blood-drained, diseased husks.

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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