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Tick Swarm

Tick Swarm Creature9

N Large Animal


Senses Perception +18; darkvision

Skills Athletics +16, Stealth +19

Str +1, Dex +6, Con +4, Int -5, Wis +3, Cha -5

AC 28; Fort +19, Ref +19, Will +14

HP 130; Immunities precision, swarm mind; Weaknesses area damage 10, splash damage 10; Resistances bludgeoning 5, piercing 10, slashing 10

Cling [reaction] Trigger A creature leaves the swarm’s space; Effect The swarm takes 1d6 damage as ticks cling to the creature and continue biting, dealing 3d6 persistent piercing damage. Immersion in water reduces the DC of the flat check to end this persistent damage to 5, and any area damage dealt to + the creature destroys these clinging ticks.

Speed 25 feet, climb 25 feet

Swarming Bites [one-action] Each enemy in the swarm’s space takes 3d6 piercing damage (DC 28 basic Reflex save) plus Cling and exposure to tick fever.

Tick Fever (disease) As giant tick but DC 27.


This swarm of thousands of fist-sized ticks forms a moving carpet of bloated insects-a nauseating and intimidating sight.

Giant ticks and tick swarms can potentially inflict diseases other than tick fever. Potential diseases that a tick could spread include blinding sickness, bubonic plague, malaria, or scarlet fever. The saving throw DC should be adjusted to DC 17 (for giant ticks) or DC 27 (for tick swarms).

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