Lava snake

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For a list of all snakes, see list of snakes.

lava snake SLava snake.png
HP 10-22
HD 3
XP 48
Speed 10
AC 2
EV 17
Will 10
Attack1 7 (bite: fire)

Resistances rF+++
Vulnerabilities Cold
Habitat Lava
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Small
Type snake, lava snake
Flags Warm-blooded
A burning red snake which dwells in pools of lava. It spits gobs of molten rock at passers-by.

“The latter lived in the country, and before his house there was an oak, in which there was a lair of snakes. His servants killed the snakes, but Melampus gathered wood and burnt the reptiles, and reared the young ones. And when the young were full grown, they stood beside him at each of his shoulders as he slept, and they purged his ears with their tongues. He started up in a great fright, but understood the voices of the birds flying overhead, and from what he learned from them he foretold to men what should come to pass.”
-Pseudo-Apollodorus , _Library and Epitome_, 1.9.11. circa 150 BC.
trans. Sir James George Frazer, 1913.

“A snake, with mottles rare,
Surveyed my chamber floor,
In feature as the worm before,
But ringed with power.”
-Emily Dickinson, “In Winter In My Room”. circa 1860.

Useful Info

Lava snakes are lava-dwelling snakes that spit fire at you if you come within their line of sight, much like a fiery equivalent to electric eels. They can be found anywhere that lava occurs except for the early portions of the Dungeon, but are particularly common in Volcanos.


Spell set I
Slot1 Spit Lava (3d10) Natural flag,
Breath flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Lava snakes are weak to cold, so Ice Magic or weapons of freezing work particularly well, but they're weak enough that any form of attack that doesn't involve fire will suffice.
  • Spit Lava is only partially resistible; fire resistance certainly helps, but won't render them entirely impotent.
  • They can't leave their lava pools. If things go south, don't hesitate to retreat out of their range.