Serpent of Hell (Tartarus)

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

Serpent of Hell (Tartarus) DSerpent of Hell (Tartarus).png
HP 213-430
HD 17
XP 11197
Speed 14
AC 16
EV 12
Will 180
Attack1 35 (bite: drain experience)
Attack2 15 (claw: plain)
Attack3 15 (trample: trample)
Resistances rC++
Vulnerabilities Holy
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Demonic
Size Giant
Type dragon, the Serpent of Hell
Flags Destroys doors

See invisible
Seemingly three pairs of lurid magenta eyes hanging in the darkness, the outline of a vast, sinuous dragon is just barely perceptible behind. Its malice is palpable.

Useful Info

The Serpent of Hell is a unique dragon whose elemental affinity varies based on which branch of Hell you encounter it in. When faced in Tartarus, the Serpent is capable of breathing negative energy, vile miasma, and acid at you.


Spell set I
Slot1 Bolt of Draining (3d24) Natural flag,
Breath flag,
Noisy flag
Slot2 Miasma Breath (3d13) Natural flag,
Breath flag,
Noisy flag
Slot3 Corrosive Bolt (3d24) Natural flag,
Breath flag,
Noisy flag
Slot4 Summon Dragon Magical flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Visiting Tartarus without rN++ or better is just asking for aggravating and disabling levels of draining, and that applies while facing the Serpent of Hell. Even with a full three ranks however, the Serpent's Miasma blasts will still damage, poison, slow, and rot you unless you have rot resistance. As this simply isn't available to most characters, try to take out this unique fast before it gets a chance to rot you much, and try not to stand around in miasma if you don't have to.
  • You'll also want rCorr here, as this version of the Serpent of Hell is one of the few sources of acid damage in the hells.