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Golem, Sand

This towering creature appears to be made entirely of sand, with pockets of soft earth and rock reinforcing its tall, humanoid form.

Sand Golem CR 9

XP 6,400
N Large construct
Init +2; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +0

DEFENSE

AC 23, touch 11, flat-footed 21 (+2 Dex, +12 natural, –1 size)
hp 96 (12d10+30)
Fort +4, Ref +6, Will +4
Defensive Abilities amorphous; DR 10/bludgeoning; Immune construct traits, magic
Weaknesses vulnerable to electricity

OFFENSE

Speed 30 ft.
Melee 2 slams +18 (2d6+7/grab)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks clutching sands, constrict (2d6+10), sand blast

STATISTICS

Str 24, Dex 15, Con —, Int —, Wis 10, Cha 1
Base Atk +12; CMB +20 (+24 grapple); CMD 32
SQ compression

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Clutching Sands (Ex)

When a creature hits a sand golem with a manufactured melee weapon, the sand golem can make a disarm attempt as an immediate action. This disarm attempt doesn’t provoke an attack of opportunity. If the combat maneuver check is a success, the weapon is caught in the golem’s churning sands. A sand golem’s body can contain any number of weapons. A sand golem can make an attack with one captured weapon of its choice as a standard action or as part of its full attack, although attack rolls made with captured weapons take a –4 penalty. After attacking twice with a weapon, the weapon falls to the ground, landing 1d4 squares away from the sand golem.

Immunity to Magic (Ex)

A sand golem is immune to spells and spell-like abilities that allow spell resistance. In addition, certain spells and effects function differently against the creature, as noted below.

Sand Blast (Su)

As a standard action once every 1d4 rounds, a sand golem can expel a 15-foot cone of fiery sand from its chest. Creatures struck by the blast take 4d6 points of fire damage and 4d6 points of bludgeoning damage and become blinded for 1 round. A creature that succeeds at a DC 16 Reflex save takes half damage and negates the blindness. The save DC is Constitution-based.

ECOLOGY

A sand golem is an animate mass of living sand, soft earth, and rocks.

Enterprising sorcerers and wizards have come into great fortune by utilizing sand golems to collect ancient relics from hidden tombs and newly discovered ruins deep in the parched desert dunes. With their ability to withstand the blazing temperatures of the desert sun, these golems are perfect scouts and retrievers.

Additionally, sand golems make for stalwart sentinels of precious locations such as a master’s lair or curious locales that require in-person research from their masters.

Sand golems, like other constructs, obey their creators’ commands to the best of their ability. Should the creator die, or should the golem’s commands be unattainable, the sand golem goes rogue. The creature is still completely functional, but it follows no commands or orders from anyone. Over the course of time, many sand golems have gone rogue.

Though sand golems are usually encountered alone, particularly demanding tasks might cause their masters to send a gang of sand golems to complete the mission.

A sand golem is 10 feet tall and weighs 3,000 pounds.

Variants

Gravel Golem (+2 CR)

Golem crafters in places lacking fine sand used similar techniques to create a golem formed from larger particles. These golems are often bulkier and more devastating than sand golems. A gravel golem gains the advanced simple template, but its Intelligence score isn’t increased. In addition, its slams deal 2d10 points of damage and its sand blast special attack deals 6d6 points of bludgeoning damage in addition to the fire damage. A gravel golem costs an additional 5,000 gp to create.

Quicksand Golem (+0 CR)

Designed for nondesert climates and specifically for dealing with large areas of people, a quicksand golem loses its blistering sand blast attack. Instead, every 1d6 rounds the golem can create a 10-foot-square area of quicksand within 50 feet of itself. The quicksand golem can create quicksand only in natural, unworked terrain, and created patches of quicksand remain active for 10 minutes before vanishing. Creatures still stuck in the quicksand after this duration are immediately shunted to the normal surface of the terrain in which the quicksand was created. The quicksand golem can maintain only three active patches of quicksand at a time. A quicksand golem costs an additional 2,500 gp to create.

Construction

The construction of a sand golem requires soft earth and sand that weighs at least 1,500 pounds, as well as rare magical minerals worth 3,500 gp.

CL 12th; Price 53,500 gp

CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS

Feats Craft Construct; Spells geas/quest, limited wish, move earth; Caster Level 12th; Skill Check(s) Craft (stonemasonry) DC 20; Cost 28,500

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Construct Handbook © 2018, Paizo Inc.; Authors: Brian Duckwitz, Andrew Hoskins, Nathan King, Kris Leonard, Luis Loza, Adrian Ng, Tom Phillips, Alex Riggs, and Nicholas Wasko.