The skin on this frog-like fiend is clammy and its eyes look dead and milky; its wide face is split by a fanged maw.
AC 20, touch 11, flat-footed 18 (+2 Dex, +9 natural, –1 size)
Speed 30 ft., fly 40 ft. (average; see glide, below), swim 60 ft.
Constant—detect magic, water walk
Str 18, Dex 15, Con 18, Int 9, Wis 11, Cha 14
A hydrodaemon can launch itself into the air and glide along for 1 minute, gaining a fly speed of 40 feet with average maneuverability. While gliding, the hydrodaemon gains the pounce ability.
A hydrodaemon can spit at a single target within 20 feet, making a ranged touch attack as a standard action. A target hit by this spittle must succeed on a DC 19 Will save or fall asleep for 6 rounds. The save DC is Constitution-based.
About this Daemon Type…
Giant humanoid-amphibians with oversized claws and dead, glassy eyes, hydrodaemons represent death by drowning. Aquatic in nature, they dwell in Abaddon’s poisonous swamps and acidic oceans, and even in the foul waters of the River Styx. Hydrodaemons number among the few creatures capable of surviving prolonged exposure to the Styx, and they exploit this to lair and set ambushes where few other creatures dare. In their native environment they alternately compete with or serve under piscodaemons, but greatly revere Charon’s thanadaemons, eagerly obeying their requests. Outside of Abaddon, hydrodaemons frequently serve mortal spellcasters to keep watch over aquatic domains, using the same tactics as on their native plane. Powerful creatures in their own right, they prefer to target enemies with their sleep-inducing spittle, then drown those who succumb to the poisoned slumber.
Personification of Death: Drowning.
Preferred Sacrifice: Treasure totaling at least 300 gp, or no fewer than two living victims purposefully bound and hurled into a body of water.
Source Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Book of the Damned, Vol. 3 © 2011, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Author: Todd Stewart.
Environment any (Abaddon)
Organization solitary, gang (2–5), or mob (6–12)
While at first glance these creatures seem like enormous and foul boggards, their dangerous gait, dead eyes, and wicked claws give away their fiendish nature. In their home environment, hydrodaemons swim the sickening rivers and seas of Abaddon and the River Styx, ducking beneath the rivers of pus and bile only to leap out at enemies and rend their flesh with tooth and claw. It is said these are among the few creatures able to survive in the deadly waters of the River Styx. When called to the Material Plane, hydrodaemons serve powerful spellcasters, protecting domains dotted with pools, streams, and even sewer complexes. Associated with death by drowning, these fiends use a favored tactic to draw the most anguish from their victims. Hydrodaemons first attack with their inky black sleep spittle, hoping to render victims unconscious. With their opponents unable to fight back, hydrodaemons drag their enemies into the foul waters they call home and delight as the liquid fills their victims’ gasping lungs. If unable to drown a victim, they finish the job with jaws and claws.
Hydrodaemons possess an awkward gait, springing back on their heels and leaping about like humanoid frogs. Even so, they move in an unpredictable manner, twisting their bodies with each hopping movement. Hydrodaemons can also unfurl flaps of skin that allow them to glide through the air. Hydrodaemons stand 10 feet tall and weigh upward of 3,000 pounds.
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 2, © 2010, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Authors Wolfgang Baur, Jason Bulmahn, Adam Daigle, Graeme Davis, Crystal Frasier, Joshua J. Frost, Tim Hitchcock, Brandon Hodge, James Jacobs, Steve Kenson, Hal MacLean, Martin Mason, Rob McCreary, Erik Mona, Jason Nelson, Patrick Renie, Sean K Reynolds, F. Wesley Schneider, Owen K.C. Stephens, James L. Sutter, Russ Taylor, and Greg A. Vaughan, based on material by Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, and Skip Williams.