Water Strider Swarm

Countless thousands of long-legged water bugs glide soundlessly over the surface of the water, skimming over it in a wave of twitching bodies.

Water Strider Swarm CR 1

XP 400
N Diminutive vermin (swarm)
Init +4; Senses darkvision 60 ft., tremorsense 30 ft.; Perception +6


AC 18, touch 18, flat-footed 14 (+4 Dex, +4 size)
hp 9 (2d8)
Fort +3, Ref +4, Will +0
Defensive Abilities swarm traits; Immune mind-affecting effects, weapon damage
Weaknesses swarm traits


Speed 10 ft., swim 20 ft., water walk 30 ft.
Melee swarm (1d6 plus blood drain and distraction)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 0 ft.
Special Attacks blood drain (1d2 Constitution), distraction (DC 11)


Str 1 Dex 18, Con 10, Int —, Wis 10, Cha 2
Base Atk +1; CMB —; CMD
Skills Acrobatics +6 (+12 jump), Perception +6, Swim +3; Racial Modifiers Acrobatics (+6 jump), +4 Perception
SQ water walking


Water Walking (Ex)

Water striders are covered with waterrepellent hairs that prevent them from sinking beneath the water’s surface. The swarm’s movement speed across water is 30 feet.


Environment temperate lakes, rivers, or swamps
Organization solitary or pair
Treasure none

Water striders are aquatic insects that skate across the surface of still water. Their bodies are long and narrow, with an individual measuring less than 1 inch in length. The body and legs of a water strider are covered with a layer of water-repelling hairs, making it possible for the strider to resist the surface tension of the water. The insect stands on its front and rear legs, and pushes against the water surface with its middle legs to propel itself forward. Water striders are also excellent jumpers, launching themselves distances of up to 5 feet. Any movement on land is limited to jumping. Swarms of particularly vicious water striders commonly gather at the edges of bodies of water, attacking anything that disturbs the surface of their pools.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Pathfinder Adventure Path #49: The Brinewall Legacy. © 2011, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Author: James Jacobs.

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