[[image:Heretic-Ophidian.png|thumb|right|256px|An Ophidian in Heretic E3M4]]
'''Ophidians''' are monsters from [[Heretic]] that resemble snakes and carry pointed staves. When attacking, they fire a chain of three purple shots from their staff, pause, and then fire a red [[fireball]]. Ophidians sometimes drop a [[Flame Orb]] when killed. These particular Flame Orbs are worth 5 shots instead of the usual 1 shot. The Ophidian stops firing briefly between the purple shots and the fireball. The purple shots do up to 8 points of damage and the fireball up to 24 points. Ophidians possess 280 hit points each.
Some source ports refer to the Ophidian as "Snake" or "Serpent".
They first appear in [[E3M1: The Storehouse (Heretic)| The Storehouse]].