Sea snake

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

sea snake SSea snake.png
HP 48-81
HD 10
XP 741
Speed 12 (swim: 40%)
AC 2
EV 15
MR 40
Attack1 24 (bite: strong poison: 36-65)

Type of Meat Poisonous
Resistances rDrown, rWater
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Amphibious
Intelligence Reptile
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Medium
Type snake, sea snake
Flags Cold-blooded
A brightly coloured snake, very comfortable in the water. It has a highly potent venomous bite.

“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

Sea snakes are found in the Shoals, usually lying in ambush in the water. They're quick, beefy, and carry a hefty poisonous bite that is only weakened by poison resistance.

Tips & Tricks

  • Poison resistance reduces their damage output tremendously.


  • As of 0.12, they no longer flee when moderately injured.
  • Prior to 0.11, sea snake poison could not overwhelm rPois.