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Trapper


This massive creature resembles a manta ray with brownish-gray flesh turning lighter on its underside. No discernible eyes or appendages can be seen.

Trapper CR 8

XP 4,800
N Huge aberration
Init +5; Senses darkvision 60 ft., tremorsense 60 ft.; Perception +23

DEFENSE

AC 19, touch 9, flat-footed 18 (+1 Dex, +10 natural, -2 size)
hp 117 (12d8+51 plus 12)
Fort +8, Ref +7, Will +10
Defensive Abilities amorphous; DR 10/slashing or piercing;
Resist cold 10, fire 10

OFFENSE

Speed 10 ft.
Melee buffet +17 (1d8+15)
Space 15 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks smother

TACTICS

A trapper waits until its prey is almost centered on its body near the “trunk” or “chest” before it strikes. It then quickly folds and wraps its body around its unsuspecting prey attempting to smother and squeeze it until it is dead.

STATISTICS

Str 30, Dex 12, Con 19, Int 14, Wis 15, Cha 14
Base Atk +9; CMB +21; CMD 32 (can’t be tripped)
Feats Blind-Fight, Improved Initiative, Lightning Reflexes, Skill Focus (Perception), Skill Focus (Stealth), Toughness
Skills Climb +25, Knowledge (dungeoneering) +17, Knowledge (engineering) +14, Perception +23, Stealth +14 (+26 in areas of natural or worked stone), Survival +17; Racial Modifiers +12 Stealth in areas of natural or worked stone
Languages Common, Undercommon (cannot speak)

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Smother (Ex)

A trapper can try to wrap a creature up to one size smaller than itself in its body as a standard action. The trapper attempts a grapple that does not provoke an attack of opportunity. If it wins the grapple check, it establishes a hold and deals buffet damage each round the hold is maintained. Further, a grappled opponent must hold its breath or suffocate. Attacks that hit a smothering trapper deal half their damage to the monster and half to the trapped victim.

ECOLOGY

Environment underground
Organization solitary
Treasure standard

Trappers are thought to be distant relatives of the lurker above (see that entry). Unlike their relatives, however, trappers mimic the floor of a building, dungeon, or other structure. By manipulating their body structure while covering the floor, trappers can form a box that resembles a small trunk or chest. This is usually enough to lure would-be-adventurers to their doom.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Trapper from the Tome of Horrors Complete, Copyright 2011, Necromancer Games, Inc., published and distributed by Frog God Games; Author Scott Greene, based on original material by Gary Gygax.