Mythic Penanggalen

Mythic Penanggalen CR 6/MR 2

XP 2,400
Human penanggalen oracle 5
NE Medium undead (augmented humanoid, mythic)
Init +7; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +10
Aura stench of vinegar (30 ft., DC 18)


AC 23, touch 15, flat-footed 18 (+3 Dex, +2 dodge, +8 natural)
hp 74 (5d8+46); fast healing 5
Fort +6, Ref +4, Will +6
Defensive Abilities channel resistance +4; DR 5/epic and silver and slashing; Immune fatigue, undead traits; Resist cold 10, fire 10
Weaknesses light sensitivity, penanggalen weaknesses


Speed 20 ft. (with body); fly 60 ft. (without body; good maneuverability)
Melee bite +5 (1d6+2 plus disease), slam +5 (1d4+2 plus grab and wither)
Space 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft. (30 ft. with tongue)
Special Attacks blood drain (1d4 Constitution), create spawn, disease (filth fever, DC 17), invisible tongue, mythic power (2/day, surge +1d6)
Oracle Spells Known (CL 5th; concentration +10)

Mystery bones


Str 14, Dex 16, Con —, Int 12, Wis 15, Cha 22
Base Atk +3; CMB +5; CMD 18
Feats Dodge, Improved Initiative, Toughness
Skills Bluff +22, Intimidate +14, Disguise +14, Fly +16, Knowledge (arcana) +9, Perception +10, Sense Motive +10, Stealth +19, Spellcraft +9; Racial Modifiers +8 Bluff, +8 Fly, +8 Knowledge (arcana), +8 Perception, +8 Sense Motive, +8 Stealth
SQ oracle’s curse (lame), revelations (armor of bones, voice of the grave), separate

Invisible Tongue (Su)

A mythic penanggalen has a second, invisible tongue which is prehensile and she can extend from her mouth at a distance of up to 30 feet. At the end of this tongue is a tiny suckerlike mouth with needle-like teeth, used for sucking blood. Instead of making a normal bite attack, the mythic penanggalen can make a special bite attack with its tongue, dealing 1 point of damage and allowing it to drain blood from the victim, as though with its blood drain special attack. The tongue has a reach of 30 feet, and attacks made with the tongue are treated as though the mythic penanggalen were invisible.

Stench of Vinegar (Ex)

A mythic penanggalen can exude an overpowering odor of bile and vinegar on command. When active, this stench forces each creature within 30 feet of the mythic penanggalen must succeed on a Fortitude save (DC 10 + 1/2 the mythic penanggalen’s Hit Dice + the mythic penanggalen’s Charisma modifier) or be sickened for as long as they remain within 30 feet of the mythic penanggalen, plus 1d4 rounds thereafter. Creatures that fail this saving throw by 5 or more are nauseated for the first round, as well. The mythic penanggalen can suppress or resume this effect as a move action.

Sun Resistant (Su)

At 3rd rank, a mythic penanggalen that is outside her human body while exposed to direct sunlight is no longer staggered, but does suffer a –4 penalty on attack rolls, ability checks, saving throws, and skill checks. At 7th tier, this penalty is reduced to –2.

Savor Blood (Su)

At 4th rank, a mythic penanggalen is able to empower herself by drawing blood from the living. Whenever she successfully drains a living creature’s blood (with her blood drain ability or her invisible tongue), she gains a +2 enhancement bonus to the ability score of her choice for 1 hour. If the drained blood came from a woman who is pregnant or was pregnant in the last year, or from a child under the age of 3, the mythic penanggalen gains a +4 enhancement bonus to that ability score, instead.

Virulent Bile (Su)

At 4th rank, whenever a mythic penanggalen inflicts Dexterity and Constitution damage to a creature with its wither special attack, 1 point of damage to each of those ability scores is ability drain, instead.

Regrow Body (Su)

At 5th rank, a mythic penanggalen whose body is destroyed can grow a new one by performing a special ritual. This takes 24 hours, and requires the expenditure of 5,000 gp in special reagents, oils, and incense. Once the ritual is complete, it takes one week for the new body to grow. The new body lacks internal organs, and has a hole in the neck to allow the mythic penanggalen to reenter her body normally, and is identical in all ways to her previous body.

Constricting Entrails (Su)

At 6th rank, while separated from its body, a mythic penanggalen can animate its entrails, wrapping them around a victim and squeezing the life from them. She gains the constrict universal monster ability, dealing an amount of damage equal to 1d6 + her Strength modifier. Additionally, while a mythic penanggalen is grappling a creature, that creature is unable to breathe, preventing it from speaking, using items with command words, casting spells with verbal components, and so on. Creatures grappled in this way must hold their breath or begin to suffocate.

Create Mythic Spawn (Su)

At 7th rank, a mythic penanggalen can expend one use of mythic power when using create spawn to cause the victim to rise as undead in 1 hour instead of at the next sunset.

The mythic penanggalen can expend two uses of mythic power when using create spawn to create a mythic mananggal or a non-mythic penanggalen instead of a non-mythic mananggal.

Meat Suit (Su)

At 8th rank, a mythic penanggalen can use its own body as a suit of armor to protect itself. As long as the mythic penanggalen is in its body, it has a 75% chance of ignoring any critical hits or precision-based damage it would otherwise suffer.

Additionally, as long as the mythic penanggalen is in her body, half of any damage she suffers is inflicted to her body, instead.

Seep Through Cracks (Su)

At 9th rank, while outside her body, a mythic penanggalen can compress herself, allowing her to fit through incredibly narrow spaces. She gains the compression universal monster ability. Additionally, as a full-round action she can squeeze through spaces as narrow as 1 inch wide, moving up to 5 feet with each full-round action she takes.

Second Body (Su)

At 10th rank, a mythic penanggalen can control her body even when she is not in it. While outside its body, its body is treated as though it were a separate creature with the same statistics, which can be controlled by the mythic penanggalen as though with the spell dominate monster. The mythic penanggalen’s body lacks all abilities the mythic penanggalen lacks when not outside her body, and cannot take any action that requires a head, including speaking or seeing. The mythic penanggalen’s body cannot cast spells, even if those spells have no verbal components.

Base CR Mythic Rank Mythic Abilities 4–5 2nd Invisible tongue, stench of vinegar 6–7 3rd Sun resistant 8–9 4th Savor blood, virulent bile 10–11 5th Regrow body 12–13 6th Constricting entrails 14–15 7th Create mythic spawn 16–17 8th Meat suit 18–19 9th Seep through cracks 20+ 10th Second body


Environment any
Organization solitary
Treasure NPC gear

A pale face framed by glossy black hair hangs in the air, trailing viscera from the ragged stump of its neck like a grisly tail.

The hideous penanggalen is one of the most horrific vampiric monstrosities. By day, a penanggalen appears to be a normal humanoid, but at night or when provoked, the creature’s head rips free from the rest of her body, coils of viscera and entrails dangling from her throat as she launches into the air, seeking blood to sate her unholy thirst.

Willful Undeath. Unlike most undead, the penanggalen is more akin to the lich in that she willfully abandons both her mortality and morality to become a hideous undead monster. While penanggalens are traditionally female spellcasters, any creature capable of performing the vile ritual of transformation can become one. Similar to a lich, a creature works toward becoming a penanggalen. More than one such transformation ritual exists, but all require heinous acts that symbolize the casting aside of kindness, benevolence, and any semblance of feelings other than cruelty. Many of these rituals call for the repeated consumption of blood, bile, tears, and other fluids drawn from captured and tortured innocents.

Vinegar Vat. A penanggalen keeps a vat of vinegar in her lair. When returning from a night of feeding, a penanggalen’s organs are swollen with blood. In order to fit back into her body, the penanggalen must soak for 1 hour in this vat of vinegar. Once reduced, a penanggalen slides back into her body. If a penanggalen is slain away from her body, the body rapidly deteriorates into foul-smelling grit.

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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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