I do not know if any other creatures summonable with Summon Monster spells have sneak attack, but the Summon Monster III alternate creature table has Human Natural Wererat Rogue 2 available.

Would that creature get a sneak attack as it appears adjacent to an enemy?


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The easiest way the Rogue would get sneak attack was if you were to summon them in a flanking position.

The Sneak Attack ability of the Rogue states:

The rogue's attack deals extra damage anytime her target would be denied a Dexterity bonus to AC (whether the target actually has a Dexterity bonus or not), or when the rogue flanks her target. This extra damage is 1d6 at 1st level, and increases by 1d6 every two rogue levels thereafter. Should the rogue score a critical hit with a sneak attack, this extra damage is not multiplied. Ranged attacks can count as sneak attacks only if the target is within 30 feet.

Emphasis mine.

Being summoned beside a creature would not necessarily deny the creature its Dexterity bonus, so unless summoned in a flanking position or a method to deny the defender their Dexterity bonus is used, the rogue would not automatically get their sneak attack damage.

It would be reasonable to house rule that summoning the creature directly beside a target who was not aware of what spell was being cast would allow sneak attack on its first attack or possibly even full attack.

  • \$\begingroup\$ What about a quickened summon spell during a surprise round? \$\endgroup\$ Dec 12, 2014 at 13:31
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    \$\begingroup\$ @DavidWilkins I would say that is an exception as the enemies would not have their DEX bonus to AC. \$\endgroup\$
    – Aaron
    Dec 12, 2014 at 13:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ Isnt a creature appearing directly next to you, when you couldnt identify the spell being cast or if the summon ability was used as a special ability(Like the Summoner class) constitute a possible surprise on the creature? I feel like it should get a sneak attack whether it was flanking or not, at least on the first round \$\endgroup\$
    – Mayshar
    Dec 12, 2014 at 14:11
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    \$\begingroup\$ @MikeR That might be a reasonable house rule, but there's no support for that in the existing rules. \$\endgroup\$
    – DuckTapeAl
    Dec 12, 2014 at 14:12

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