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Hollow Serpent, Lesser Hollow Serpent

Lesser Hollow Serpent CR 6

Source Pathfinder #42: Sanctum of the Serpent God pg. 86
XP 2,400
NE Medium undead (reptilian)
Init +4; Senses darkvision 60 ft., lifesense; Perception +6


AC 19, touch 15, flat-footed 14 (+4 Dex, +1 dodge, +4 natural)
hp 71 (11d8+22); fast healing 5
Fort +6, Ref +9, Will +9
Defensive Abilities channel resistance +2; DR 5/magic and silver; Immune undead traits; SR 17


Speed 30 ft., climb 30 ft.
Melee bite +12 (2d8+4 plus grab)
Special Attacks constrict (2d8+4 plus 2d6 negative energy), negatively charged cells


Str 17, Dex 19, Con —, Int 2, Wis 11, Cha 12
Base Atk +8; CMB +11 (+15 grapple); CMD 26 (can't be tripped)
Feats Dodge, Great Fortitude, Iron Will, Lightning Reflexes, Toughness, Weapon Finesse
Skills Climb +16, Escape Artist +7, Perception +6, Stealth +10

Special Abilities

Lifesense (Su) A hollow serpent notices and locates living creatures within 60 feet, just as if it possessed the blindsight ability.

Negatively Charged Coils (Su) A hollow serpent deals an additional 2d6 points of damage caused by negative energy to victims trapped within its coils. A successful DC 16 Will save reduces the damage by half. The save DC is Charisma-based.

Among the many manifestations of serpentfolk faith, the hollow serpent represents one of the most horrific harbingers of doom. Serpentfolk legend suggests Ydersius created the first hollow serpents as protectors and guardians for their underground enclaves. But serpentfolk priests soon learned how to make more, worshiping and cultivating the skin sheddings of monstrously giant snakes with rituals to turn them into engines of destruction. Capable of laying waste to entire regions, the hollow serpents used their life-draining coils to slay the enemies of the serpentfolk, proving particularly effective against the Azlanti empire in the early years of the serpentfolk’s age-long struggle against humanity. Eventually, however, the Azlanti learned to combat these skins with positive energy and fire. With the retreat of the mighty snake-god and his people into the shadows of the Darklands, serpentfolk priests have hoarded the most potent of these defenders as guardians of the hibernation chambers of the serpentfolk elite.

A typical hollow serpent measures a little over 15 feet long and weighs 500 pounds. A lesser hollow serpent is 7 feet long and weighs just 90 pounds.

Creating a Hollow Serpent

While the first hollow serpents were supposedly created from scales shed by beasts favored by the Serpent King himself, and those unholy snakeskins can even shed their own lesser offspring over time, serpentfolk priests can also create their own lesser hollow serpents. A lesser hollow serpent created by a serpentfolk priest requires a more involved process. The priest must fill a clay pot with dirt taken from a serpentfolk grave, the skin and bones of a giant constrictor snake, an onyx gem worth at least 250 gp, and a sprinkling of unholy water. Thereafter, a 15th-level caster must cast create undead on the skin stuffed with the other assembled reagents.

Creatures in "Hollow Serpent" Category

Hollow Serpent16
Lesser Hollow Serpent6