Human Jiang-shi Monk 5

Its flesh pallid and a parchment burial prayer hanging from its brow, this risen corpse lurches forward in a series of short hops.

Jiang-shi CR 6

XP 2,400
Human jiang-shi monk 5
LE Medium undead (augmented humanoid)
Init +10; Senses blindsight 60 ft. (breathing creatures only), darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +22


AC 25, touch 22, flat-footed 18 (+6 Dex, +1 dodge, +3 natural, +1 monk, +4 Wis)
hp 51 (5d8+25); fast healing 5
Fort +8, Ref +11, Will +9; +2 vs. enchantment
Defensive Abilities channel resistance +4, evasion, prayer scroll; DR 10/magic and slashing; Immune disease, spell completion and spell trigger effects, undead traits; Resist cold 20
Weaknesses jiang-shi weaknesses


Speed 30 ft.
Melee flurry of blows +9/+9 (1d8+3/19-20 plus grab), bite +4 (1d6+4)
Special Attacks brutal claws, drain chi (DC 15), flurry of blows, stunning fist (5/day, DC 16)


Str 16, Dex 23, Con —, Int 12, Wis 18, Cha 16
Base Atk +3; CMB +8 (+12 grapple); CMD 28 (can’t be tripped)
Feats AlertnessB, Combat Reflexes, DodgeB, Improved Initiative, Improved Unarmed Strike, MobilityB, Skill Focus (Acrobatics)B, Spring AttackB, Stunning Fist, Toughness, Weapon Finesse
Skills Acrobatics +25 (+30 when jumping), Escape Artist +14, Perception +22, Sense Motive +14, Stealth +22, Swim +11; Racial Modifiers +8 Acrobatics, +8 Perception, +8 Stealth
Languages Common
SQ fast movement, high jump, ki pool (6 points, magic), maneuver training, purity of body, slow fall 20 ft., still mind


Brutal Claws (Ex)

A jiang-shi’s nails are brutally sharp and can extend and retract at will. They threaten a critical hit on a roll of 19-20 and grant the grab ability. A jiang-shi with monk levels gains this enhanced critical threat range and grab ability with its unarmed attacks, and uses its unarmed monk damage or its claw damage, whichever is higher, when making such attacks.

Drain Chi (Su)

Instead of draining blood, a jiang-shi vampire drains “chi,” or life energy, from a victim’s breath. When a jiang-shi makes a successful grapple check (in addition to any other effects caused by a successful check, including additional damage), the jiang-shi can attempt to drain chi by drinking the victim’s breath. The victim can resist this attack by making a successful DC 15 Fortitude save. On a failed save, the victim gains 1 negative level and is staggered for 1d4 rounds.


Environment any
Organization solitary or brotherhood (2-8)
Treasure NPC gear (amulet of natural armor +1, cloak of resistance +1, potion of invisibility, alchemist’s fire [6])

Jiang-shis (often known as “hopping vampires”) are undead humanoid creatures that feed on the exhaled life energy of the living. A jiang-shi’s appearance is based on the state of the creature’s corpse at the time of its reanimation. Regardless of the state of decay, most jiang-shis wear clothing or armor that is at least one generation out of style. Additionally, each has a short parchment prayer scroll affixed to its brow by stitches; originally intended to protect the body from restless spirits, this scroll grants a jiang-shi immunity to magical effects unleashed by items like scrolls and wands. A jiang-shi is created when a restless spirit does not leave its corpse at the time of death, and is instead allowed to fester and putrefy within. At some point during the body’s decomposition, the thing rises in its grotesque form and seeks living creatures to feed upon.

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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