Mythic Bakekujira

Mythic Bakekujira CR 21/MR 8

XP 409,600
NE Colossal undead (aquatic, mythic)
Init +4; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +20
Aura undead parasites (30 ft., DC 28)


AC 40, touch 2, flat-footed 40 (+38 natural, –8 size)
hp 351 (25d8+241); fast healing 10
Fort +15, Ref +10, Will +14
Defensive Abilities channel resistance +4; DR 15/bludgeoning and epic; Immune undead traits


Speed 15 ft., swim 60 ft.
Melee bite +29 (6d6+18/19–20/x3 plus damning plague), tail slap +23 (4d6+27)
Special Attacks capsize, devastating tail, leviathan’s call, mythic power (8/day, surge +1d10), powerful blows (tail slap), oceanic vengeance, resonant song, smashing breach


Str 46, Dex 10, Con —, Int 2, Wis 11, Cha 25
Base Atk +18; CMB +44 (+52 bull rush); CMD 54 (60 vs. bull rush, can’t be tripped)
Feats Awesome Blow, Combat Reflexes, Critical Focus, Greater Bull Rush, Improved Bull Rush, Improved Critical (bite), Improved Initiative, Improved Lightning Reflexes, Lightning Reflexes, Power Attack, Staggering Critical, Stunning Critical, Weapon Focus (bite)
Skills Intimidate +17, Perception +20, Swim +30


Damning Plague (Su)

By spending one use of mythic power as an immediate action, a mythic bakekujira afflicts a creature it successfully bites with mythic contagion (DC 21 Fortitude save negates), selecting red ache as the contracted disease.

Devastating Tail (Ex)

If a mythic bakekujira successfully strikes a creature with its tail slap, it can attempt a free awesome blow combat maneuver check. If it confirms a critical hit with its tail slap, it gains a +4 circumstance bonus on the check.

Fast Healing (Ex)

A mythic bakekujira loses its fast healing when it is out of the water. However, it can expend one use of mythic power as a free action to instead gain fast healing 5 while out of water for 1 hour.

Leviathan’s Call (Su)

The tone of a bakekujira’s eerie song varies from that of a wistful memory to a burning hatred. As a standard action, a bakekujira can sing. Living creatures within a 120-foot radius of a singing bakekujira must succeed at a DC 29 Will save or become fascinated or frightened (bakekujira’s choice) for 1 round. Any creature that succeeds at this save cannot be affected by the same bakekujira’s leviathan’s call ability for 24 hours. This is a sonic mind-affecting effect. The save DC is Charisma-based.

A mythic bakekujira can choose a third option, a mournful cry that induces despair in living creatures that fail the save, inflicting a –2 penalty on attack rolls, saving throws, ability checks, skill checks, and weapon damage rolls for 1 hour.

Additionally, a mythic bakekujira can expend one use of mythic power as a swift action to use leviathan’s call again to affect creatures that have previously succeeded against this ability.

Oceanic Vengeance (Su)

A mythic bakekujira’s attacks gain the bane weapon special ability against creatures that have dealt the killing blow to an animal with the aquatic subtype.

Resonant Song (Su)

As a standard action every 1d4 rounds, the bakekujira can release a damaging resonance, dealing 12d8 points of sonic damage to creatures in a 60-foot cone (Fortitude DC 29 for half ). The save DC is Charisma-based.

A creature that fails its save against a mythic bakekujira’s resonant song is also stunned for 1d4 rounds.

Smashing Breach (Ex)

As a full-round action, a swimming bakekujira can make a special charge attack against a creature on the water’s surface. At the end of its charge, the whale breaches, slamming down with incredible force. Any Huge or smaller creatures in the bakekujira’s space must succeed at a DC 29 Reflex save or take 4d8+24 points of bludgeoning damage and be forced into the nearest empty square adjacent to the bakekujira. Humanoid creatures killed by this ability rise as draugr in 1d6 hours. A bakekujira can use its capsize special attack in conjunction with this ability. The save DC is Charisma-based.

Draugr created by a mythic bakekujira gain the savage mythic simple template and rise in 1d6 rounds.

Undead Parasites (Su)

A 30-foot-radius cloud of undead fish and sea birds surrounds a bakekujira. Creatures starting their turn within the cloud must succeed at a DC 29 Will save or be nauseated for 1 round and take 6d6 points of damage. Creatures with the ability to channel positive energy can suppress this aura for 1 round by expending one use of channel energy. The bakekujira receives a Will save against this effect. The save DC is equal to 10 + 1/2 the channeler’s caster level + the channeler’s Charisma modifier. The channeled energy has no other effect.


Environment any ocean
Organization solitary
Treasure none

This hulking, rotted mass of pale blubber and bone looks like it was once a whale. Ghostly flames glow in each of its eye sockets.

A mythic bakekujira’s undead parasites make ranged attacks more difficult as the parasites intercept the attacks before they can reach the bakekujira. The bakekujira benefits from a +4 deflection bonus while the aura is active.

The seas are home to many legends both living and undead, but the bakekujiras is perhaps one of the largest among these latter horrors. Some have trouble believing the old stories, but woe to anyone that discovers the truth. Bakekujiras were once whales that escaped from whalers’ harpoons yet were mortally wounded, dying in agony and anger and arising to undeath bent on taking revenge for its demise. They relentlessly attack any vessels they encounter, capsizing them and inspiring terror in their crews. These embodiments of corrupted majesty prowl the seas, along with their flocks and schools of pestilent parasites. A bakekujira weighs about 50 tons, though sometimes less, depending on how long it has been decomposing. Bakekujiras are as large as they were in their former lives, measuring from 50 to 60 feet long.

As a bakekujira goes about its new, corrupted existence, it continues to rot until all the flesh is stripped from its bones, leaving behind only an immense skeletal whale. The decomposition process draws all sorts of sea scavengers to the rotting whale, from gulls to fish. However, the flesh of a bakekujira is not only rotten—it is also toxic and deeply infused with negative energy. Any creature that eats of this flesh sickens and dies, only to rise shortly thereafter and continues its existence as an undead thrall inexplicably bound to the bakekujira. Normally these creatures take up residence in and around the putrefied body of the bakekujira, swarming throughout the creature and only emerging to push back any who would seek to do harm to their rotting host.

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Asian Monsters (PF1) © 2022, Legendary Games; Authors Jason Nelson, Robert J. Grady, Andrew Ha, Gord Henderson, Thurston Hillman, Aurélien Lainé, Jeff Lee, Alex Riggs, Loren Sieg, Mike Welham.

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