Pernicious Template (and 3 examples)

Pernicious Creature (CR +0 or +1)

Creatures with the pernicious template live anywhere evil fey are found. Pernicious creatures acquire the physical characteristics (such as green feathers, fur, or scales, and red spots), locomotion, and feeding habits of the pernicious platypus. A pernicious creature’s CR increases by +1 only if the base creature has 5 or more HD.  

Rebuild Rules: Senses gains electrolocation 30 ft; Defensive Abilities gains DR as noted on the table; Climb 20 ft., Swim 30 ft.;  Special Attacks Paralytic Venom (Ex) Claw—injury; save Fort DC 10 + 1/2 total Hit Dice + Constitution modifier; frequency 1/round for 6 rounds; effect 1d2 Dex; cure 1 save.

Pernicious Creature Defenses
Hit Dice DR
1–4
5–10 5/cold iron
11+ 10/cold iron

 

Pernicious Chicken (solitary)            CR 1/6

XP 65
N Tiny animal
Init +0; Senses electrolocation 30 ft., low light vision; Perception +0

DEFENSE

AC 12, touch 12, flat-footed 12 (+2 size)
hp 2 (1d8-2)
Fort +1, Ref +1, Will +0
Defensive Abilities DR 5/cold iron

OFFENSE

Speed 20 ft.; Climb 20 ft., Swim 20
Melee bite +1 (1d3–4 plus Venom)
Space 2-1/2 ft.; Reach 0 ft.

STATISTICS

Str 2, Dex 11, Con 10, Int 2, Wis 10, Cha 2
Base Atk +0; CMB 0; CMD 6
Feats Weapon Finesse
Skills Perception +0; Climb +0; Swim +0

ECOLOGY

Environment any
Organization solitary, pair, or flock (3–18)
Treasure none

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Paralytic Venom (Ex) Claw—injury; save Fort DC 9; frequency 1/round for 6 rounds; effect 1d2 Dex; cure 1 save

Okay, this is not that scary. But see below!

Pernicious Chicken Swarm  CR 2

Roiling, flapping, and hopping in a mass of red eyes and green feathers, the pernicious chicken swarm is a terror to behold. When more than twenty dozen hens’ eggs have been incubated and hatched in the insidious pouch of a pernicious platypus, the twisted progeny form a single-minded swarm of poisonous terror raging through the countryside!

XP 600
N Tiny animal (swarm)
Init +4; Senses electrolocation 30 ft., low light vision; Perception +1

DEFENSE

AC 12, touch 10, flat-footed 12 (+0 Dex, +2 size)
hp 17 (3d8+3)
Fort +2, Ref +1, Will +0
Defensive Abilities swarm traits

OFFENSE

Speed 15 ft., climb 15 ft., swim 15 ft.
Melee swarm (1d6 plus Venom)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 0 ft.
Special Attacks distraction (DC 11), Venom (DC 9 + damage inflicted)

STATISTICS

Str 2, Dex 11, Con 12, Int 2, Wis 10, Cha 2
Base Atk +2; CMB —; CMD
Feats Improved Initiative
Skills Climb +12 (ranks + 1, ability + 0, class skill + 3, racial modifier +8), Perception +1 (ranks + 1, ability + 0), Swim +12 (ranks + 1, ability + 0, class skill + 3, racial modifier +8)

ECOLOGY

Environment any
Organization solitary, pack (2–5 swarms), or infestation (6–12 swarms)
Treasure none

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Paralytic Venom (Ex) Claw—injury; save Fort DC 9; frequency 1/round for 6 rounds; effect 1d2 Dex; cure 1 save

Distraction (Ex) A creature with this ability can nauseate the creatures that it damages. Any living creature that takes damage from a creature with the distraction ability is nauseated for 1 round; a Fortitude save (DC 10 + 1/2 creature’s HD + creature’s Con modifier) negates the effect.

Pernicious Owlbear   CR 5

Looking like an enormous pernicious platypus, this unseelie terror lunges out at you in the twilight.

XP 1,600
N Large magical beast
Init +5; Senses darkvision 60 ft., electrolocation 30 ft, low-light vision, scent; Perception +12

DEFENSE

AC 15, touch 10, flat-footed 14 (+1 Dex, +5 natural, –1 size)
hp 47 (5d10+20)
Fort +10, Ref +5, Will +2
Defensive Abilities DR 5/cold iron

OFFENSE

Speed 30 ft.; Climb 20 ft; Swim 30 ft.
Melee 2 claws +8 (1d6+4 plus Venom, plus grab), bite +8 (1d6+4)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.

STATISTICS

Str 19, Dex 12, Con 18, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 10
Base Atk +5; CMB +10 (+14 grapple); CMD 21 (25 vs. trip)
Feats Improved Initiative, Great Fortitude, Skill Focus (Perception)
Skills Perception +12

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Paralytic Venom (Ex) Claw—injury; save Fort DC 16; frequency 1/round for 6 rounds; effect 1d2 Dex; cure 1 save

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