Sea Urchin, Spear

This creature’s spines are massive in comparison to its body, and appear to be bladed.

Spear Urchin CR 4

XP 1200
N Large vermin (aquatic)
Init –4; Senses low-light vision, scent, tremorsense 30 ft.; Perception +4


AC 17, touch 5, flat-footed 17 (–4 Dex, +12 natural, –1 size)
hp 42 (5d8+20)
Fort +8, Ref –3, Will +1
Defensive Abilities all-around vision, stability (see the hunter urchin); Immune mind-affecting effects


Speed 5 ft.
Melee 2 spines +8 (1d6+6 plus poison)
Ranged 2 spines +3 (1d6+6 plus poison)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks spines (+8, 1d6+6 plus poison)


Str 23, Dex 3, Con 18, Int —, Wis 11, Cha 2
Base Atk +3; CMB +10; CMD 16 (24 vs. bull rush, can’t be tripped)
Skills Perception +4; Racial Modifiers +4 Perception
SQ amphibious


Poison (Ex)

Spines—injury; save Fort DC 16; frequency 1/round for 6 rounds; effect 1d2 Str and nauseated for 1 round; cure 1 save.

Spines (Ex)

When a creature attacks a spear urchin with an unarmed strike or natural attack, or with a manufactured melee weapon while adjacent to the urchin, the urchin automatically gains a free attack with its spines. In addition, a spear urchin can fire up to 2 spines each round with a range increment of 30 feet. As long as its target is within 30 feet, a spear urchin ignores Dexterity and size penalties on ranged attack rolls, but beyond this range the penalties function normally. A spear urchin’s spines function equally well underwater and above water.


Environment warm oceans or coastlines
Organization solitary, pair, or cluster (3–6)
Treasure none

These brightly colored creatures can fire spines like javelins, relying upon poison to slow down prey or eventually immobilize it so they can crawl over to feed.

Much more dangerous than their smaller kin, giant sea urchins are dangerous predators of opportunity. With the exception of the hunter urchin, giant sea urchins lie in wait for food to come to them, typically carried within reach of their attacks via ocean currents or, more commonly, tides.

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