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Tick, Giant


This dog-sized tick has a grotesquely bulbous body and a thin head equipped with hooked mandibles.

Giant Tick
CR 1

XP 400
N Small vermin
Init +0; Senses darkvision 60 ft., scent; Perception +0

DEFENSE

AC 16, touch 11, flat-footed 16 (+5 natural, +1 size)
hp 13 (2d8+4)
Fort +5, Ref +0, Will +0
Immune mind-affecting effects

OFFENSE

Speed 20 ft., climb 20 ft.
Melee bite +2 (1d4 plus grab, attach, and disease)
Special Attacks blood drain (1 Constitution)

STATISTICS

Str 11, Dex 10, Con 15, Int —, Wis 11, Cha 2
Base Atk +1; CMB +0 (+8 grapple); CMD 10 (22 vs. trip)
Skills Climb +8, Stealth +8; Racial Modifiers +4 Stealth, +8 Climb

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Grab (Ex)

A giant tick can grab targets of any size, and has a +8 racial bonus on grapple checks rather than the normal +4 bonus most creatures with grab possess.

Disease (Ex)

Red ache: Bite—injury; save Fort DC 13; onset 1d3 days; frequency 1/day; effect 1d6 Str damage; cure 2 consecutive saves.

The DC is Constitution-based.

ECOLOGY

Environment temperate forests
Organization solitary, pair, cluster (3–6), or nest (7–12)
Treasure none

In areas where large creatures like megafauna or dinosaurs dwell, the giant tick behaves much like its smaller kin—it lies in wait in the undergrowth, and when a suitable host passes by, it drops onto the body to feed. In other areas, these vermin are much more aggressive, and actively hunt smaller prey like dogs, livestock, or even humanoids. A giant tick drains blood quickly, but once it has caused 6 points of Constitution damage, it drops off, sated, to crawl away to digest. A giant tick is 3 feet long and weighs 50 pounds.

Section 15: Copyright Notice
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.