Swarm of Rats 5E Monster

Hello zoologists of all shapes and sizes! Welcome to my spellbook and thank you so much for checking out the 73rd episode of our beast series. We have an another swarm in store for us today the d&d 5e swarm of rats. Which is arguably more terrifying than swarm of bats but it kind of depends on the person i suppose. These swarm of rats is found in the basic rules and it is considered to be cr one quarter netting you fifty experience points upon defeating it. Now let’s take a quick look at its stats here.

Swarm of Rats 5E Stat Block

  • Type: Medium swarm of Tiny beasts, unaligned
  • Armor Class: 10
  • Hit Points: 24 (7d8 – 7)
  • Speed: 30 ft.

The swarm of rats is considered to be a medium swarm of tiny beasts, it is also unaligned. AC of 10 and 24 hit points my goodness. Calculated by rolling 7d8 and subtracting 7. Speed of 30 feet. Now let’s take a look at its stats here. You can also check out this swarm of undead rats 5e.

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Swarm of Rats DnD 5E Stats

  • STR: 9 (-1)
  • DEX: 11 (+0)
  • CON: 9 (-1)
  • INT: 2 (-4)
  • WIS: 10 (+0)
  • CHA: 3 (-4)
  • Damage Resistances: Bludgeoning, Piercing, Slashing
  • Condition Immunities: Charmed, Frightened, Grappled, Paralyzed, Petrified, Prone, Restrained, Stunned
  • Senses: Darkvision 30 ft., Passive Perception 10
  • Languages:
  • Challenge: 1/4 (50 XP)

You’ll notice not really a whole lot to break about. I mean okay dexterity, okay wisdom, outside of that you know generally not too exciting this form does however have access to resistances, namely bludgoning piercing and slashing. It also has condition immunities namely charmed, frightened, grappled, paralyzed, petrified, prone, restrained, stunned. Which all makes sense. Also check out this swarm of cranium rats 5e.

Because those are all typically conditions that apply to one individual target or a swarm is by definition several targets so it does make sense to me. Once again an area effect stuff might be homebrewed in there but whatever. Another senses you’ll see 30 feet of darkvision and a passive perception of 11 which isn’t overly excited. Now let’s take a look at its other traits. Don’t miss this giant rat 5e.

Other Traits

  • Keen Smell: The swarm has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on smell.
  • Swarm: The swarm can occupy another creature’s space and vice versa, and the swarm can move through any opening large enough for a Tiny rat. The swarm can’t regain hit points or gain temporary hit points.

Which kind of makes sense once again for the same reason the condition make sense. Under actions you’ll see it’s bite attack. Also check out this swarm of rats diseased 5e.


  • Bite: Melee Weapon Attack: +2 to hit, reach 0 ft., one target in the swarm’s space. Hit: 7 (2d6) piercing damage, or 3 (1d6) piercing damage if the swarm has half of its hit points or fewer.

So it’s kind of cool! It’s a very front-end loaded enemy type. That being said, i really think this makes a good kind of higher level boss almost for low level adventurers. Not so much because of the damage or because of the hit points or anything like that. But rather because of its damage resistances. Do you know what is the staff of rats in d&d?.

Basically if you’re not dealing with magic, it’s gonna be a pretty rough to take this guy down and in turn it might be a good way to get your magic casters to get more screen time almost or more importance in those early couple levels. I don’t know just an idea. Also check out this rat king 5e.


That being said, let me know how you would use a swarm of rats 5e stats in your game down beneath in the comment section. Also mention if you have any thoughts, questions, comments or concerns regarding the swarm of rats. That being said, i hope you all have a great day and as always happy researching. also read how many rats are in a swarm of rats in d&d? | how do swarms work in 5e? |

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