Snowflake Swarm

Large elemental, chaotic neutral

Armor Class 13
Hit Points 82 (11d12 + 11)
Speed 20 ft.

3 (-4) 14 (+2) 12 (+1) 1 (-5) 7 (-2) 1 (-5)

Damage Immunities cold
Damage Vulnerabilities fire
Condition Immunities prone
Senses passive Perception 10
Languages understands Primordial but doesn’t speak
Challenge 2 (450 XP)


  • Swarm. The Snowflake Swarm can occupy another creature’s space and vice versa, and the swarm can move through any opening large enough for a Tiny creature. The swarm can’t regain hit points or gain temporary hit points.
  • Snowflake Form. The Snowflake Swarm can combine into a larger, more powerful form made of ice and snow. The swarm can combine with up to three other Snowflake Swarms. The combined form has hit points equal to the combined hit points of all the creatures used to create it, and its size and damage increase accordingly.


  • Multiattack. The snowflake swarm makes 2 Ice Spike attacks per round.
  • Ice Spike. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 9 (2d6 + 2) piercing damage and the target is restrained until the end of the Snowflake Swarm’s next turn.
  • Frost Breath (Recharge 5-6). As an action, the Snowflake Swarm exhales a cone of freezing wind 15 feet long and 15 feet wide at the end, each creature in that area must make a DC 11 Dexterity saving throw, taking 10 (3d6) cold damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.


Magical Creatures of the Frozen Elements. Like other types of elementals, snowflake swarms are a magical creatures who are perfectly adapted to live within their environment. In the open on a clear day, they look like snowflakes, flittering around and through a central point, and quite out of place in their environment. During a snowstorm, however, they are almost indistinguishable from the snowfall around them. This can prove deadly to creatures they attack which often cannot tell what is attacking them.

Razor Assault. Although consisting mainly of frozen ice, snowflake swarms are fast and sharp. People caught within often find their clothing torn to shreds, requiring them not only to fend off or flee their elemental assailants, but they must also seek a warm shelter or at least find fresh clothing to change into.

Collective Consciousness. Although unintelligent and acting on instinct, snowflake swarms possess a collective consciousness that allows them to work together in synchronization. Each individual snowflake in the swarm is connected to every other, sharing sensations and desires, and acting in unison to achieve a common goal. This collective experience allows the swarm to group with and later split off from other swarms, as well as form complex shapes and patterns that are thought to act as warnings against creatures who are encroaching on their territory. Their ability to act as a single entity also makes them difficult to defeat, as destroying one part of the swarm does not necessarily hinder the others.

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