Water moccasin

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

water moccasin SWater moccasin.png
HP 22-32
HD 5
XP 149
Speed 14 (swim: 60%)
AC 2
EV 15
Will 20
Attack1 10 (bite: poison: 10-20)

Resistances rPois+, rDrown
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Amphibious
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Small
Type snake, water moccasin
Flags Cold-blooded
A largish venomous brown snake. It usually lives near water, and is an able swimmer.

“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

Water moccasins are larger, stronger, and faster than adders, but are otherwise similar. They are fast monsters that inflict poison with their bites. They commonly appear in the Lair and the Snake Pits, and may appear around mid-Dungeon.

Tips & Tricks

  • Ideally, you should be equipped to survive poison by the time you encounter them. If you find yourself having difficulty handling moccasins, be wary of the Lair, as black mambas are far, far deadlier.


Prior to 0.6, water moccasins were called brown snakes.