Monday, January 3, 2011

General Rules: Monsters - Giant Ant Drone

Giant Ant Drone (adapted from the Pathfinder SRD)
Medium Vermin

Hit Dice: 2d8+12 (21 hit points)
Initiative: +2
Speed: 50 feet, climb 20 feet, fly 30 feet (average)
Armor Class: 19 (+2 Dexterity, +7 natural); touch 12, flat-footed 17
BAB/Grapple: +1/+5
Attack: Bite +5 melee (1d6+4, bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing, 20 x2)
Full Attack: Bite +5 melee (1d6+4, bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing, 20 x2)
Space/Reach: 5 feet by 5 feet/0 feet
Special Attacks: Improved grab, acid sting
Special Qualities: Darkvision 60 feet, scent, vermin traits
Saves: Fortitude +8, Reflex +2, Will +3
Abilities: Str 18, Int -, Wis 17, Dex 14, Con 21, Cha 15
Skills: Climb +12, Spot +7, Survival +1 (+5 when tracking by scent)
Feats: Toughness
Environment: Any
Organization: solitary, pair, gang (3–6), or hive (7–18 plus 10–100 workers, 2–8 drones, and 1 queen)
Challenge Rating: 3
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always neutral
Advancement: 2 - 3 HD (Small)

Giant ants are as industrious as their normal-sized kin. While their nests generally don’t consist of thousands, their greatly increased size more than compensates..

Giant ant drones rarely fight, as they are rarely seen outside of their queen ant's chamber. When they do fight, they will attempt to grapple a foe and sting them to death. Goblins often use giant ant drones as flying mounts for their scouts.

Acid Sting (Ex): A giant ant drone has a stinger and an acid-producing gland in its abdomen. If it successfully grabs an opponent, it can attempt to sting each round (+5 attack bonus). A hit with the sting attack deals 1d4+2 points of piercing damage and 1d4 points of acid damage.

Improved Grab (Ex): To use this ability, a giant ant must hit with its bite attack. A giant drone ant that wins the ensuing grapple check establishes hold and can sting.

Vermin Traits: Mindless. Giant ant drones have no Intelligence score and are immune to all mind-affecting effects (charms, compulsions, phantasms, patterns, and morale effects).

Skills: Giant ant drones have a +4 racial bonus to Spot checks. Giant ants have a +4 bonus on Survival checks when tracking by scent and a +8 racial bonus on Climb checks. A giant ant can always choose to take 10 on Climb checks, even if rushed or threatened.

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