Eel, Electric (Dire)

Dire electric eels have elongated, cylindrical bodies. Their coloration is dark gray-brown on the back and yellow or orange on the belly. Mature males have a darker color on the belly. They have no scales. The mouth is square, and positioned right at the end of the snout.

Dire Electric Eel CR 4

XP 1,200
N Large animal ( aquatic)
Init +3; Senses blindsense 30 ft., low-light vision; Perception +6


AC 16, touch 12, flat-footed 13 (+3 Dex, +4 natural, -1 size)
hp 32 (5d8+10)
Fort +5, Ref +9, Will +2
Immune electricity


Speed swim 30 ft.
Melee bite +4 (1d4+3)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks jolt


Str 15, Dex 16, Con 13, Int 1, Wis 12, Cha 5
Base Atk +3; CMB +6; CMD 19
Feats Lightning Reflexes, Toughness
Skills Perception +6, Swim +8; Racial Modifiers +8 racial bonus on any Swim check to perform some special action or avoid a hazard. It can always choose to take 10 on a Swim check, even if distracted or endangered. It can use the run action while swimming, provided it swims in a straight line.


Jolt (Ex)

Once every 1d6 rounds, a dire electric eel can generate a powerful jolt of electricity. Creatures within 5 feet of the eel suffer 4d8 points of electricity damage and are stunned for 1d6 rounds. Those within 10 feet suffer 2d8 points of electricity damage and are stunned for 1d3 rounds. Creatures no farther away than 15 feet suffer 1d8 points of electricity damage and are stunned for 1 round. A DC 13 Fortitude save halves this damage and negates stunning. The save DC is Constitution-based.

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Environment warm aquatic
Organization solitary, pair, or group (3-5)
Treasure none

The dire electric eel lives in deep, warm fresh water rivers and lakes, where it prefers to lurk in areas of thick vegetation. They aren’t actually eels, but are a type of fish. Electric eels prey most only fish and shrimp, but will eat refuse as well. A dire electric eel grows to a length of 18 feet and weighs about 600 pounds. Dire electric eels release a powerful electric jolt if frightened or molested. They also use this jolt to capture their prey. They can bite, but their jaws are surprisingly weak and they have no teeth.

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