Snowflake ooze/pf


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Snowflake ooze
CR 5 (1600 XP)
Always N Medium ooze (Cold)
Init -5; Senses blindsight 60 ft.; Perception -5
Aura cold aura
Defense
AC 5, touch 5, flat-footed 5 (-5 Dex)
hp 57 (6d8+30)
Fort +7, Ref -3, Will -3
Defensive Abilities airy
Immune cold, ooze traits
Weaknesses vulnerability to fire
Offense
Speed 15 ft., climb 5 ft.
Melee Slam +9 (1d8+7 plus 2d4 cold)
Space 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks constrict (1d8+7 plus 2d4 cold), improved grab
Statistics

Str 20, Dex 1, Con 20, Int —, Wis 1, Cha 1
Base Atk +4; CMB +9; CMD 14

Feats
Skills Climb +5, Perception -5, Stealth -5
Skill Points 0
Languages None
SQ split
Ecology
Environment Cold mountains
Organization Solitary
Treasure None
Special Abilities

Airy (Ex): Since a snowflake ooze's physiology is made up of a little ooze and lots of empty space, it is difficult to know where to attack. Any piercing melee or ranged attack directed at it has a 20% miss chance (the blow or missile just passes harmlessly through the creature's space). Even a true seeing effect is useless in determining where and how to strike the creature.

Cold Aura (Ex): A snowflake ooze exudes cold. Any creature within 5 feet of one takes 1d6 points of cold damage (DC 18 Fortitude half). The save DC is Constitution-based.

Improved Grab (Ex): To use this ability, a snowflake ooze must hit with its slam attack. It can then attempt to start a grapple as a free action without provoking attacks of opportunity. If it wins the grapple check, it establishes a hold and can constrict.

Split (Ex): Bludgeoning weapons deal no damage to a snowflake ooze. Instead, the creature fractures into two identical snowflake oozes, each half the volume and with half of the original's current hit points (round down). A snowflake ooze with 10 hit points or less cannot be further split and dies if reduced to 0 hit points.

Skills: A snowflake ooze has a +8 racial bonus on Climb checks and can always choose to take 10 on a Climb check even if rushed or threatened. When in an area containing snow or ice, a snowflake ooze gains a +12 racial bonus on Stealth checks.

Strategies and Tactics

As a mindless creature, a snowflake ooze operates on pure instinct when attacking in combat. It strikes to grab and constrict prey, focusing on the easiest targets first. However, as most oozes, snowflake oozes have no sense of self preservation, and will fight to the death in most situations.

Snowflake Ooze Lore

Knowledge (Dungeoneering)
DC Result
15 This creature is a snowflake ooze, an ooze native to frigid climes. This result reveals all ooze and cold traits.
20 In normal combat, a snowflake ooze strikes with pseudopods, attempting to grab a target and squeeze them to death.
25 A snowflake ooze's preferred targets are warm-blooded creatures; it gains sustenance from their bodies after freezing them to death. Bludgeoning and piercing attacks are not very effective against a snowflake ooze. The former cause it to split in two, while the latter often pass right through the gaps in its mass for no effect.

Reference

  • Monster Manual III, pg. 161
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