Stheno the Snake Queen

Last updated: Exalt Version (Sep 2021)
Stheno the Snake Queen

Stheno the Snake Queen is the boss of the Snake Pit.

The Realm Eye says:
Unlike her sister, Stheno took to a more reclusive life in the depths of a ruined temple.
She lacks the raw power of Medusa, but her skilled handling of dual blades led Oryx to make her a general.



Base HP: 9,000 (Boss Adaptive Scaling Boss Adaptive HP Scaling)
DEF: 19
EXP: 3,000
Location: Snake Pit

Immune to Stasis

Counts towards God Kills
Level 1 Quest

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Condition effects
Speed (tiles/sec)
Range (tiles)
Stheno Dagger
Piercing Shots hit multiple targets
Stheno Eyes
Black X Blind for 1s
Piercing Shots hit multiple targets
Red Bomb
Radius: 2.5


Stheno is found in the middle of the boss room of the Snake Pit. When players first enter the room, she will spawn several Stheno Pets that rapidly circle her while trailing Slowing green orbs. Any pets that are killed will be respawned immediately.

She cycles between the following phases in order based on time. Between phases, she will be invulnerable. Note that if her target backs out of the center of the room, she will stop firing.

Every time she changes phases, she will summon 3 Stheno Swarms. These will charge the player in a straight line while firing rapid shots in front of them, before chasing players with aimed bullets. Only 3 chasing Swarms can be active at once.

Phase 1

Stheno rapidly fires pairs of blades in 4 directions, with 1 of them being aimed in the direction of the nearest player. She will also be rapidly throwing out red grenades that do high AoE damage.

Phase 2

Stheno starts firing large bursts of red grenades around her, alternating between diamond and square shaped formations. The bombs are spaced far enough that they can be dodged by ducking between the gaps.

Phase 3

Stheno fires a 6-directional spiral of Blinding purple orbs, with the spiral rotating in one direction. She will also frequently fire bombs at the nearest player.


Stheno PetStheno Pet
Stheno SwarmStheno Swarm

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Note: During Winter events, the Wand of the Bulwark is replaced by the Eternal Snowflake Wand.

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Tips and Strategies

Stheno’s battle is designed to introduce players to a boss that frequently uses powerful AoE bomb attacks. While the minions in the Snake Pit also use these, Stheno’s bombs deal significantly higher damage and can severely injure a lower-level player, if not kill them swiftly. Thus, learning how to read and dodge her bombs is the most crucial part of defeating the boss.

Unless your DEF is very high, don’t try to cross the slowing barrier made by the flying snakes. Stay within the ring and avoid Stheno’s attacks, particularly her bombs and high-damage blade attacks.

Don’t try to kill her little friends; they take longer to kill than Stheno, and respawn immediately.

She is most vulnerable during the blind and bomb spam phase, but this is also the most dangerous time to stay in range. To do this phase, shift a little bit in one direction when she attacks, but try to only move in one direction.

A note for knights, try to stun after her snakes in the second phase start to disappear.

A tip for archers, make sure to use your quiver as much as possible. If you do not own a Doom Bow and you are soloing this boss, make sure to stay in between her and her minions and wait for the correct time to fire your quiver, for extra damage. If you have a Doom Bow then the quiver’s additional damage may not be necessary.

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