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Mythic Universal Monster Rules

Like the normal universal monster rules, the following rules are referenced (but not repeated) in mythic monster stat blocks. Each rule includes a format guide for how it appears in a monster’s listing and its location in the stat block.

Block Attacks (Ex)

Once per round, when the creature is hit by a melee or ranged attack, it can attempt a melee attack using its highest attack bonus. If this result exceeds the result from the attack against it, the creature is unaffected by the attack (as if the attack had missed).

Format: block attacks; Location: Defensive Abilities.

Dragon Blood (Su)

The mythic dragon’s blood and other fluids are infused with acid, cold, electricity, or fire, matching the dragon’s breath weapon energy type. Every time the dragon is damaged by a piercing or slashing weapon, the attacking creature takes energy damage according to Table: Dragon Blood Damage (or double damage if the attack is a critical hit). Using a reach weapon does not endanger the attacker in this way. If the dragon has the swallow whole ability, it adds this damage to its swallow whole damage.

Table: Dragon Blood Damage
Dragon Size Points of Energy Damage
Medium or smaller 1d4
Large 1d6
Huge 1d8
Gargantuan 2d6
Colossal 2d8

Format: dragon blood (2d6 fire); Location: Defensive Abilities.

Dragon Cantrips (Su)

If the mythic dragon is able to cast arcane spells, it automatically knows all cantrips for its equivalent spellcasting class and can cast them at will.

Format: dragon cantrips; Location: SQ.

Dragon Fury (Su)

If a mythic dragon confirms a critical hit with a natural weapon, it adds its dragon blood damage to the damage dealt by the natural attack.

Format: dragon fury (1d6 fire); Location: Special Attacks.

Dual Initiative (Ex)

The monster gets two turns each round, one on its initiative count and another on its initiative count – 20. For example, if the monster’s initiative is 23, for its first turn it could make a full attack (and take a 5 foot step) at initiative 23, and for its second turn at initiative 3 it could take a move action and cast a spell. This allows the monster to perform two actions per round that normally take an entire round, such as using a summon monster spell. For the purposes of spells and effects that have a duration of a round or longer or trigger at the beginning of the creature’s round or the start of its turn such as saving throws against ongoing effects or taking bleed damage), only the monster’s first turn each round counts toward such durations.

Format: +21/+1; Location: Initiative.

Feral Savagery (Su)

Under the circumstances listed in the monster’s stat block—such as when it makes a full attack or a rend attack—it can immediately attempt an additional attack against an opponent. This attack is made using the creature’s full base attack bonus, plus any modifiers appropriate to the situation. This additional attack doesn’t stack with similar means of gaining additional attacks, such as the haste spell or a speed weapon. This ability doesn’t grant an extra action, so you can’t use it to cast a second spell or otherwise take an extra action in the round.

Format: feral savagery (full attack); Location: special attacks.

Fortification (Ex)

The monster has an 50% chance to treat any critical hit or sneak attack as a normal hit, as if wearing moderate fortification armor.

Format: fortification (50%); Location: Defensive Abilities.

Greensight (Su)

The monster can see through thick plant matter as though it were transparent, usually with a range of 60 feet. Leaves, vines, greenery, and undergrowth offer no concealment to the monster’s sight, though solid wood still blocks its line of sight.

Format: greensight 60 ft.; Location: Senses.

Lingering Breath (Su)

The creature can expend one use of mythic power as a free action when it uses its breath weapon to make the area radiate energy damage (of the same type as the breath weapon) for 1 round per mythic rank. Any creature in, entering, or passing through the breath weapon’s area during this duration takes damage according to the creature’s size. This ability has no effect on breath weapons that do not deal energy damage.

Format: lingering breath (2d6 fire, 5 rounds); Location: Special Attacks.

Table: Lingering Breath Damage
Creature Size Points of Energy Damage
Medium or smaller 2d4
Large 2d6
Huge 2d8
Gargantuan 4d6
Colossal 4d8

Mistsight (Ex)

The monster can see through fog, mist, and murky water as if they were perfectly clear, ignoring the miss chance for these obstructions, up to its normal range of vision.

Format: mistsight; Location: Senses.

Mythic Magic (Su)

Up to three times per day, when the creature casts a spell, it can cast the mythic version instead (as with all mythic spells, the creature must expend mythic power to cast a mythic spell in this way).

Format: mythic magic 3/day; Location: Special Attacks.

Mythic Power (Su)

The mythic monster can draw upon a wellspring of power to accomplish amazing deeds and cheat fate. Each day, it can expend a number of uses of mythic power equal to its mythic rank. This amount is its maximum amount of mythic power. If an ability allows it to regain mythic power, it can never gain more than this amount. The monster automatically has the surge ability, and can use this mythic power to activate it. It may have other abilities that rely on mythic power.

Format: mythic power (3/day, surge +1d6); Location: Special Attacks.

Poisonous Blood (Ex)

Any creature that confirms a critical hit against the monster with a piercing or slashing melee weapon is sprayed with poison. (Melee weapons with reach don’t endanger their users in this way.) The type of poison depends on the monster. Unless otherwise stated, this poison uses the poison’s normal DC, though some monsters might have a poison DC that’s Constitution-based.

Format: poisonous blood (dragon bile); Location: Defensive Abilities.

Powerful Blows (Ex)

The specified attack adds 1-1/2 times the creature’s Strength bonus on damage rolls instead of its normal Strength bonus or half its Strength bonus.

Format: powerful blows (slam); Location: SQ.

Sand Glide (Ex)

This ability functions like the earth elemental’s earth glide ability, but works only on sand, dirt, and other fine-grained solid matter. The creature’s speed using sand glide as the same as its base speed.

Format: sand glide; Location: Speed.

Second Save (Ex)

Whenever the creature fails a saving throw against an effect with a duration greater than 1 round, it can keep trying to shake off the effect. At the start of its turn, if it’s still affected, it can attempt the save one more time as a free action. If this save succeeds, the effect affects the creature as if it had succeeded at its initial saving throw.

If the effect already allows another saving throw on a later turn to break the effect (such as for hold monster), this ability is in addition to the extra saving throw from the effect.

Format: second save; Location: after saving throws.

Simple Arcane Spellcasting

The creature gains the ability to cast spells from the sorcerer/wizard spell list.

Select a number of spells with total spell levels equal to twice the creature’s CR. No spell for this ability should have a level higher than 1 + 1/2 the creature’s CR. A 0-level spell counts as 1/2 spell level toward this total.

The creature can cast each of these spells once per day.

Its caster level is equal to its Hit Dice. It uses the higher of its Intelligence or Charisma modifiers to determine its spell DCs.

Format: simple arcane spellcasting; Location: Special Attacks.

Simple Divine Spellcasting

The creature gains the ability to cast spells from the cleric or druid spell list. Select a number of spells with total spell levels equal to twice the creature’s CR. No spell for this ability should have a level higher than 1 + 1/2 the creature’s CR. A 0-level spell counts as 1/2 spell level toward this total. The creature can cast each of these spells once per day. Its caster level is equal to its Hit Dice. It uses its Wisdom or Charisma (whichever is higher) to determine its spell DCs.

Format: simple divine spellcasting; Location: Special Attacks.

Smother (Ex)

If the creature’s grappled opponent is holding its breath, the monster can force that opponent to expel or consume some of its breath, or can otherwise reduce the time remaining until the target has to attempt checks to avoid suffocation.

If the monster succeeds at a grapple check against the opponent, the remaining duration for which the opponent can hold its breath decreases by 1d6 rounds. If this reduces the remaining time that the creature can hold its breath to 0 rounds or fewer, the DCs of its suffocation checks increase by 5. For example, if the monster is grappling a creature that has 10 rounds remaining before it has to attempt suffocation checks, a successful grapple check reduces that duration by 1d6 rounds.

If the monster has another ability (such as constrict) that harms the opponent when it succeeds at a grapple check, it can automatically use the smother ability when it succeeds at the grapple check to use the other ability.

Format: smother; Location: Special Attacks.

Steal (Ex)

The creature can attempt a steal combat maneuver against its opponent as a free action without provoking attacks of opportunity if it hits with the specified attack.

Format: steal; Location: individual attacks.

Surge (Su)

The monster can call upon its mythic power to overcome difficult challenges. It can expend one use of mythic power to increase any d20 roll it just made by rolling 1d6 and adding it to the result. Using this ability is an immediate action taken after the original roll is made and the results are revealed. The bonus die gained by using this ability increases to 1d8 at 4th rank, 1d10 at 7th rank, and 1d12 at 10th rank. The monster can use this ability even if it’s mindless or of animal-level intelligence.

Surge doesn’t have a separate entry in the monster stat block—the surge die is listed in the mythic power ability.

X-Ray Vision (Su)

The monster can see through solid matter as if wearing a ring of x-ray vision. This is as exhausting as if the monster were actually using the ring.

Format: x-ray vision; Location: Senses.