Terra-cotta Archer

Terra-cotta Archer CR 6

XP 2,400
N Medium construct
Init +7; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +8


AC 19, touch 13, flat-footed 16 (+3 Dex, +6 natural)
hp 64 (8d10+20)
Fort +2, Ref +5, Will +2
DR 5/bludgeoning; Immune construct traits, fire; SR 17


Speed 30 ft.
Melee 2 slams +11 (1d6+3)
Ranged composite longbow +12 (1d8/x3)
Special Attacks keen weapons, rank fighting


Str 16, Dex 16, Con —, Int 1, Wis 11, Cha 1
Base Atk +8; CMB +11; CMD 24
Feats Improved Initiative, Point-Blank Shot, Precise Shot Weapon Focus (longbow)
Skills Perception +8


Keen Weapons (Su)

After it has engaged in at least 1 round of combat, a terra-cotta archer’s arrows automatically gain the benefits of keen weapon (CL 6th). This effect persists until the end of the battle. This effect applies to the soldier’s arrows even though keen doesn’t normally work on piercing weapons.

Rank Fighting (Ex)

Whenever a terra-cotta archer is adjacent to another terra-cotta archer, it gains a +2 dodge bonus to its AC and a +2 bonus on saving throws, attack rolls, and damage rolls.

Base Creature


Terra-cotta Archer

A terra-cotta archer’s body is made from 600 pounds of clay, fired with rare and magical glazes worth 500 gp.

CL 9th; Price 19,000 gp


Craft Construct, animate objects, cat’s grace, geas/quest, keen edge; Special creator must be caster level 9th; Skill Craft (pottery) or Craft (sculptures) DC 14; Cost 10,000 gp


Environment any
Organization solitary, troop (3-12), or army (13+)
Treasure incidental (composite longbow, other treasure)

A terra-cotta archer is crafted from clay and fired into ceramic, and is usually sculpted to resemble an armored human archer, although terra-cotta archers resembling other races, such as hobgoblins, tengus, or even demons and oni, are also common. Terra-cotta archers are often created to guard the tomb of powerful rulers, standing in silent ranks to guard their liege even after his or her death. These archers stand vigil for centuries, animating only to defend the tomb and its riches from tomb robbers. Terra-cotta archers are typically painted with colored lacquer, though this decoration is often worn away from use or faded with age. A terra-cotta archer stands 6 feet tall and weighs 600 pounds.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 3, © 2011, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Authors Jesse Benner, Jason Bulmahn, Adam Daigle, James Jacobs, Michael Kenway, Rob McCreary, Patrick Renie, Chris Sims, F. Wesley Schneider, James L. Sutter, and Russ Taylor, based on material by Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, and Skip Williams.
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