Monday, January 3, 2011

General Rules: Monsters - Crocodile, Giant

Giant Crocodile (from the Monster Manual)
Huge Animal

Hit Dice: 7d8+28 (59 hit points)
Initiative: +1
Speed: 20 feet, swim 30 feet
Armor Class: 16 (-2 size, +1 Dexterity, +7 natural); touch 9, flat-footed 16
BAB/Grapple: +5/+21
Attack: Bite +11 melee (2d8+12, bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing, 20 x2) or tail slap +11 melee (1d12+12, bludgeoning, 20 x2)
Full Attack: Bite +11 melee (2d8+12, bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing, 20 x2) or tail slap +11 melee (1d12+12, bludgeoning, 20 x2)
Space/Reach: 5 feet by 15 feet/10 feet
Special Attacks: Improved grab
Special Qualities: Hold breath, low-light vision
Saves: Fortitude +9, Reflex +6, Will +3
Abilities: Str 27, Int 1, Wis 12, Dex 12, Con 19, Cha 2
Skills: Hide +1 (+5 when in water, +15 when lying underwater), Listen +5, Spot +5, Swim +16
Feats: Endurance, Skill Augmentation (Listen and Spot), Skill Focus (Hide)
Environment: Warm marshes
Organization: Solitary or colony (6 - 11)
Challenge Rating: 4
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always neutral
Advancement: 8 - 14 HD (Huge)

These huge creatures usually live in salt water and can be more than 20 feet long.

Giant crocodiles lie totally submerged in rivers or marshes with only their eyes and nostrils showing, waiting for prey to come within reach. They try to grab prey and drag it to the bottom.

Hold Breath (Ex): A giant crocodile can hold its breath for a number of rounds equal to 4 x its Constitution score before it risks drowning.

Improved Grab (Ex): To use this ability, a giant crocodile must hit with its bite attack. It can then attempt to start a grapple as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity. If it wins the grapple check, the crocodile established a hold on the opponent with its mouth and drags it into the deep water, attempting to pin it to the bottom.

Skills: A giant crocodile receives a +8 racial bonus on Swim checks to perform some special action or avoid a hazard. It can always choose to take 10 on Swim checks, even if rushed or threatened. It can use the run action while swimming provided it swims in a straight line. A giant crocodile gains a +4 racial bonus on Hide checks while in the water. A giant crocodile can lie in the water with only its eyes and nostrils showing, gaining a +10 cover bonus on Hide checks.

Giant Crocodiles as Animal Companions
If raised from an egg, a giant crocodile may be trained using Handle Animal. A 7th-level druid, 9th-level outdoorsman, or 7th-level ranger may take a giant crocodile as an animal companion with an effective druid level modifier of -6.

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