Poison Dart Frog (3.5e Creature)

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Poison Dart Frog
Size/Type: Fine Animal
Hit Dice: 1/4d8 (1 hp)
Initiative: +3
Speed: 10 ft. (2 squares), climb 10 ft.
Armor Class: 21 (+8 size, +3 Dex), touch 21, flat-footed 18
Base Attack/Grapple: +0/-21
Full Attack:
Space/Reach: 1/2 ft./0 ft.
Special Attacks: Poison
Special Qualities: Amphibious, low-light vision
Saves: Fort +0, Ref +5, Will +1
Abilities: Str 1, Dex 17, Con 10, Int 1, Wis 13, Cha 6
Skills: Climb +13, Hide +9, Jump –7, Listen +3, Spot +3
Feats: Alertness
Environment: Warm forests
Organization: Solitary, pair, or bunch (2–5)
Challenge Rating: 1/6
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always true neutral
Level Adjustment:
A poison dart frog.

This animal is a small amphibian with sticky pads on its feet. Its skin is brightly colored in reds, blues, yellows, and oranges.

The statistics presented here represent a wide range of brightly colored, poisonous frogs.


Poison dart frogs rely on their bright coloration to warn off predators. Any who don’t get the message are subjected to their deadly poison.

Bright Skin (Ex): A poison dart frog’s brightly colored skin is meant to warn predators of its poison, potentially helping it to avoid being eaten. A creature that spots a poison dart frog is entitled to a DC 5 Wisdom check to realize that the frog is poisonous. Animals and most other creatures that succeed this check will not bite or attempt to eat a poison dart frog.

Poison (Ex): Ingested, Fortitude DC 14, initial and secondary damage 2d6 Con. The save DC is Constitution-based and includes a +4 racial bonus.

Skills: Poison dart frogs have a +8 racial bonus on Climb and Jump checks. A poison dart frogs can always choose to take 10 on a Climb check, even if rushed or threatened. A poison dart frog uses its Dexterity modifier instead of its Strength modifier for Climb checks.

Due to their bright coloration, poison dart frogs have a –10 racial penalty on Hide checks.

Poison Dart Frogs as Familiars[edit]

A poison dart frog may be selected as a familiar. Its master is not at risk of poisoning himself when applying poison.

Poison Dart Frog Toxin[edit]

A character can extract the poison of a dart frog with a successful DC 14 Survival check. On a successful check, the character extracts a single dose worth of the poison. On a failed save, the poison is ruined but the character suffers no ill effects unless they roll a natural 1, in which case they are exposed to the poison while attempting to extract it. A poison dart frog can supply only a single dose of poison per week.

Dart frog poison is less deadly when extracted, dealing an initial and secondary damage of 1d4 Constitution damage, with a DC 12 save to resist the effects. Poison dart frog toxin has a market price of 130 gp.

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