Leech Swarm

A mass of wriggling black creatures each the size of a man's finger stirs the stagnant water before enveloping its victim.

Leech Swarm CR 4

XP 1,200

N Diminutive vermin (aquatic, swarm)

Init +4; Senses blindsight 30 ft.; Perception +0


AC 18, touch 18, flat-footed 14 (+4 Dex, +4 size)

hp 39 (6d8+12)

Fort +7, Ref +6, Will +2

Immune mind-affecting effects, swarm traits, weapon damage

Weaknesses susceptible to salt (see giant leech)


Speed 5 ft., swim 30 ft.

Melee swarm (2d6 plus poison)

Space 10 ft.; Reach 0 ft.

Special Attacks blood drain, distraction (DC 15)


Str 1, Dex 18, Con 15, Int —, Wis 10, Cha 2

Base Atk +4; CMB —; CMD

Skills Stealth +16 (+24 in swamps), Swim +12; Racial Modifiers +8 Stealth in swamps, uses Dexterity to modify Swim checks


Environment temperate or warm marshes

Organization solitary, pair, or infestation (3–6 swarms)

Treasure none

Special Abilities

Blood Drain (Ex) Any living creature that begins its turn with a leech swarm in its space is drained of its blood and takes 1d3 points of Str and Con damage.

Poison (Ex) Swarm—injury; save Fort DC 15; frequency 1/round for 2 rounds; effect 1d4 Dexterity drain; cure 1 save.

This horrifying cloud of ravenous, blood-draining parasites eschews the stealth of a lone leech's methods in favor of swift and merciless feeding.