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Catoblepas (3pp)

The fetid odor of decay emanates from this bull-like beast. Its antlered head droops from a sinuous neck and the tail brandishes a spiked, bony mass.

Catoblepas CR 6

XP 2,400
N Large magical beast
Init +1; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +10; Aura foul stench (10 ft., DC 18, sickened 1d4 rounds)

DEFENSE

AC 18, touch 10, flat-footed 17 (+1 Dex, +8 natural, -1 size)
hp 76 (8d10+32)
Fort +10, Ref +7, Will +3

OFFENSE

Speed 20 ft.
Melee tail slap +12 (2d6+7 and push)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks disintegrating gaze, push (tail, 10 feet)

STATISTICS

Str 21, Dex 12, Con 18, Int 3, Wis 13, Cha 10
Base Atk +8; CMB +14 (+16 bull rush); CMD 25 (27 vs. bull rush, 29 vs. trip)
Feats Alertness, Improved Bull Rush, Improved Natural Attack (tail), Power Attack
Skills Intimidate +8, Perception +10, Sense Motive +3; Racial Modifier +4 to Intimidate
Languages None

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Disintegrating Gaze (Su)

The catoblepas can focus disintegrating energy from its eyes against one creature within 30 feet. Unless the creature succeeds on a DC 14 Fortitude save, part of its body is disintegrated. Roll todetermine the effect:

  1. Arm: target takes 4d6+4 damage and a -4 penalty to Strength
  2. Leg: target takes 4d6+4 damage, a -2 penalty to Dexterity and can only move by crawling
  3. Body: target takes 4d6+4 damage and is fatigued for 2d4 rounds
  4. Body: target takes 4d6+4 damage and is staggered for 2d4 rounds

The target only takes half damage with a successful save. Damage reduction does not reduce the damage. A creature can only suffer the first two results if it possesses a sufficient number of limbs. Otherwise roll between results 3 and 4. The save DC is Charisma-based.

Foul Stench (Ex)

The catoblepas emits a disgusting odor. Creatures within 10 feet must succeed on a DC 18 Fortitude save or become sickened for 1d4 rounds. Creatures that save are immune to that catoblepas’s foul stench for 24 hours. The save DC is Constitution-based.

ECOLOGY

Environment fetid swamps and miasmal marshes
Organization solitary, or pair
Treasure none

The catoblepas is a foul, ornery beast. It is the size of a bull, and sports a thick mane of tangled, matted hair that gives off an odor of rotting meat. Scales cover its neck and back.

Catoblepas brook no intrusions to their territory and attack all creatures entering what they consider home turf. Although slow to rouse, the catoblepas charges into combat on its four stumpy legs and smashes enemies with a powerful tail topped by a mace-like appendage. A blow from the tail sends a creature flying. The neck of the catoblepas is long and sinuous, and droops downward under the weight of its head. The catoblepas has a difficult time moving raising its ponderous head, but when it finally does, it unleashes its disintegrating gaze on the nearest foe. Blindness, or averting one’s eyes, does not make a creature immune to this effect.

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