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"Nasty creepy crawlies with a fairly vicious venom."

Base-Quality 10
Hitpoints 70
Fleeing-Hitpoints 30
Creature-Products Dead Adder: Raw Adder, Fresh Adder Hide, Adder Fang, Adder Skeleton, Entrails
Seasonality (See this page for now)
Terrain This data is specified at the individual Terrain pages. Beech Grove, Black Wood, Deep Tangle, Dry Flat, Dry Weald, Leaf Detritus, Leaf Patch, Lichen Wold, Moss Brush, Mountain, Oak Wilds, Pine Barren, Root Bosk, Shady Copse, Sombre Bramble, Sour Timber, Timber Land, Wald
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Adders are snakes, occasionally seen in certain Forests and common in Mountains. Their fangs carry potent venom, so keep a wide berth. Fighting them like other animals is almost pointless. (See Strategy section below.) Their fangs and skins can be made into useful equipment like a belt, boots, lacing, an amulet, and their fangs can make an antivenom if you do end up getting nommed on.



They are highly aggressive critters. They'll attack unprovoked.

Combat Moves

Attacks Restorations

Serpent's Strike.png Serpent's Strike
  • Attack type: Sweeping
  • Openings: Reeling
  • IP +1
  • Inflict Adder Bite wound
Chomp.png Chomp
  • Attack type: Striking, Sweeping
  • Openings: Dizzy
  • IP -2

Careful Approach.png Careful Approach
  • Reduces: Off Balance, Dizzy


Adders can enter Shallow Water freely. (They used to be unable to do so. Out-of-date guide may tell you to simply flee into the water.)

Unlike other small creatures, adders cannot be trampled by Horses. They can be trampled by Carts, so drag a Cart using a Horse to kill them easily.

There's no real reason to try to fight them, just use above method. If you for some reason want to or got attacked by one at an inopportune time, use a lot of yellow Sweeping defenses, as their yellow attack Serpent's Strike is what applies the venom. Keep your yellow opening low at all times or suffer the consequences.


Adder Bite wounds, increases in severity over time and come with a hefty -15 STR per wound. Eventually, the wound will start healing and dissipate. There is a chance that Nerve Damage occurs with adder bites, and it is speculated that it's either from the frequency or amount of adder bites a character has.[1]

Snake Juice is an effective treatment.


  • You can use a wild or tame horse to pull a cart around mountains and rack up many adders easily. There's still risk of drawing the ire of other mountain denizens, or simply having an unfortunate mishap with the adders themselves. You may want to use an "alt" character to collect snakes. Cart method does Not apply Survival hardcap.
  • 1x2 Fresh Adder Hides yields only 1x1 Adder Hides, making it less efficient as generic hide. However they have specific use in Adderfang Amulet and Snakeskin Belt.
  • Adders go after small animals like rabbit or squirrel. Which can be used to get them off your tail. (Saw a snake getting killed by a Wood Grouse Cock, but don't know who started the fight)
  • As of update Whitemetal Rain you can now be a Snake Eater and walk through the rain and feast on a tree frog.

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