Snapping turtle

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snapping turtle tSnapping turtle.png
HP 39-80
HD 10
XP 253
Speed 8 (act: 80%; swim: 60%)
AC 16
EV 5
Will 40
Attack1 30 (bite: reach)

Resistances rDrown
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Amphibious
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Medium
Type snapping turtle, snapping turtle
Flags Cold-blooded
A belligerent testudine with an armoured carapace. Its neck is surprisingly extensible and can reach out and bite from afar.

“After a while they came to a village. ”Now then,“ said Snapping Turtle, ”in the morning at daylight, my friends, we will make on attack. I myself will first go to the place,“ the leader of the war party said to them.

”Good,“ said the other little one, ”thou art the one who sees to it what we shall do,“ they said to that Snapping Turtle. ”Now then,“ said Snapping Turtle, ”verily I am now going to tell you what I shall do.“ Thus he spoke. ”Now is the time I shall begin to walk toward this village. Verily at the time I shall kill the daughter of the chief will be when the light of day is breaking, and at the same instant the sky will glow with red in the direction whence the morrow comes. ‘Ho, there, our comrade has killed her!’ will thus be the thought in your hearts. Then is the time when you want to make a great noise, when you shall whoop all keep it up. Now is the time that you go to attack this village.“ Thus he spoke to those his young men.

”All right!“ said the other little fellows.”
-“When Snapping Turtle went to War”, _Publications of the American
Ethnological Society, Volume IX: Kickapoo Tales_. 1915.
trans. Truman Michelson

Useful Info

Snapping turtles are slow but surprisingly tough reptiles with a nasty reaching bite. They can be found in the Shoals or, on rare occasions, the Lair.

Tips & Tricks

  • Their painful reaching attack can surprise you if you aren't expecting it. Try to stay on land where you're faster than them (in water, they'll outrun most characters).


  • Prior to 0.19, they could retreat inside their shells at low HP.