Spider Ancient (3.5e Creature)

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Type: Magical Beast
Environment: Temperate Forest (though many others are possible)
Organization: Solitary or Colony (single or pair and a variety of monstrous spiders)
Challenge Rating: Spiderling 3; very young 4; young 6; juvenile 9; young adult 12; adult 14; mature adult 17; old 19; very old 20; ancient 22; great spider 23; mighty spider 25
Treasure: None (though husks of "prey items") may have treasure)
Alignment: Usually Neutral
Advancement: Spiderling 8-9 HD; very young 11-12 HD; young 14-15 HD; juvenile 9 HD; young adult 17-18 HD; adult 23-24 HD; mature adult 26-27 HD; old 29-30 HD; very old 32-33 HD; ancient 35-36 HD; wyrm 38-39 HD; great wyrm 41+ HD
Level Adjustment: Spiderling +4, Very Young +5, Young +5, Others —.
Spider Ancients by Age[edit]
Age Size Hit Dice (hp) Str Dex Con Int Wis Cha Base Attack/
Grapple
Attack Fort Save Ref Save Will Save Poison (DC, Fort) Frightful Presence DC
Spiderling M 7d10+14 (52) 17 15 15 10 11 10 +7/+10 +10 +7 +7 +2 1d6 Str (15)
Very young L 10d10+30 (85) 21 17 17 10 13 12 +10/+15 +14 +10 +10 +3 1d8 Str (18)
Young L 13d10+39 (110) 25 17 17 10 13 12 +13/+20 +19 +11 +11 +5 1d8 Str (19)
Juvenile L 16d10+64 (152) 29 19 19 10 15 14 +16/+25 +24 +14 +14 +7 2d6 Str (22)
Young adult H 19d10+95 (199) 31 21 21 10 15 14 +19/+29 +27 +16 +16 +7 2d6 Str (24) 21
Adult H 22d10+110 (231) 33 21 21 10 19 16 +22/+33 +31 +20 +20 +11 2d6 Str (25) 24
Mature adult H 25d10+150 (287) 33 23 23 10 18 19 +25/+37 +34 +20 +20 +12 3d6 Str (28) 26
Old G 28d10+196 (350) 35 25 25 10 21 20 +28/+40 +36 +23 +23 +13 3d6 Str (30) 29
Very old G 31d10+248 (418) 37 27 27 10 23 22 +31/+40 +44 +25 +25 +14 3d6 Str (33) 31
Ancient G 34d10+306 (494) 39 29 29 10 25 24 +34/+48 +44 +28 +28 +16 3d6 Str (35) 34
Great Spider G 37d10+370 (573) 41 31 31 10 25 24 +37/+52 +48 +30 +30 +18 4d6 Str (38) 35
Mighty Spider C 40d10+400 (620) 45 31 31 10 27 26 +40/+57 +49 +32 +32 +20 4d6 Str (40) 38
Spider Ancient Abilities by Age[edit]
Age Speed Initiative AC Special Abilities Caster Level SR
Spiderling 60ft +2 18 (+6 Natural, +2 Dex), 12 Touch, 16 Flat-footed Monstrous Spider Traits
Very young 60ft +3 21 (-1 size, +9 Natural, +3 Dex),12 Touch, 18 Flat-footed
Young 60ft +3 24 (-1 size, +12 Natural, +3 Dex), 12 Touch, 23 Flat-footed 1st
Juvenile 60ft +4 28 (-1 size, +15 Natural, +4 Dex), 13 Touch, 24 Flat-footed 3rd
Young Adult 60ft +5 34 (-2 size, +21 Natural, +5 Dex), 13 Touch, 29 Flat-footed Damage Reduction 5/+1 5th 19
Adult 60ft +5 37 (-2 size, +24 Natural, +5 Dex), 13 Touch, 32 Flat-footed 7th 21
Mature Adult 60ft +6 41 (-2 size, +27 Natural, +6 Dex), 14 Touch, 25 Flat-footed Damage Reduction 10/+1 9th 23
Old 60ft +7 43 (-4 size, +30 Natural, +7 Dex), 13 Touch, 36 Flat-footed 11th 25
Very Old 60ft +8 47 (-4 size, +33 Natural, +8 Dex), 14 Touch, 39 Flat-footed Damage Reduction 15/+2 13th 27
Ancient 60ft +9 54 (-4 size, +36 Natural, +9 Dex), 15 Touch, 42 Flat-footed 15th 29
Great Spider 60ft +10 58 (-4 size, +39 Natural, +10 Dex), 16 Touch, 48 Flat-footed Damage Reduction 20/+3 17th 31
Great Spider 60ft +10 61 (-4 size, +42 Natural, +10 Dex), 16 Touch, 51 Flat-footed 19th 31
Spider Ancient Space/Reach, Attacks, and Damage[edit]
Size Space/Reach* 1 Bite 2 Slams2 2 Slams3
Tiny 2-1/2 ft./0 ft. (5 ft. with bite) 1d4 1d3
Small 5 ft./5 ft. 1d6 1d4
Medium 5 ft./5 ft. 1d8 1d6 1d4
Large 10 ft./5 ft. (10 ft. with bite) 2d6 1d8 1d6
Huge 15 ft./10 ft. (15 ft. with bite) 2d8 2d6 1d8
Gargantuan 20 ft./15 ft. (20 ft. with bite) 4d6 2d8 2d6
Colossal 30 ft./20 ft. (30 ft. with bite) 4d8 4d6 2d8

  1. A Spider Ancient’s bite attack has reach as if the creature were one size category larger. All other attacks are made with the standard reach for the dragon’s size.
  2. With the Spider Ancient's pedipalps.
  3. With the Spider Ancient's front legs.
Spider Age Categories[edit]
Category Age (Years)
1 Spiderling 6 months
2 Very young 7-12 months
3 Young 1–16
4 Juvenile 16–30
5 Young adult 31–100
6 Adult 101–200
7 Mature adult 201–400
8 Old 401–600
9 Very old 601–800
10 Ancient 801–1,000
11 Great Spider 1,001–1,200
12 Mighty Spider 1,201 or more

A massives spider crashes through the wall, throwing rubble everyware. As is crashes into veiw, you feel a stab of fear as you realise this is no ordinary monstrous spider.

Combat[edit]

A Spider ancient usually gathers monstrous spiders to it to swarm "prey", and attacks after the prey is softened if the "prey" is still alive.

Monstrous Spider Traits[edit]

Monstrous spiders come in two general types: hunters and web-spinners. Hunters rove about, while web-spinners usually attempt to trap prey. Hunting spiders can spin webs to use as lairs, but cannot use their webs as weapons the way web-spinners can. A hunting spider has a base land speed 10 feet faster than the figures given in the statistics blocks.

Poison (Ex): A monstrous spider has a poisonous bite. The details vary by the spider’s size, as shown on the table below. The save DCs are Constitution-based. The indicated damage is initial and secondary damage. The poison DC and damage is shown above.

Web (Ex): Both types of monstrous spiders often wait in their webs or in trees, then lower themselves silently on silk strands and leap onto prey passing beneath. A single strand is strong enough to support the spider and one creature of the same size. Web-spinners can throw a web eight times per day. This is similar to an attack with a net but has a maximum range of 50 feet, with a range increment of 10 feet, and is effective against targets up to one size category larger than the spider. An entangled creature can escape with a successful Escape Artist check or burst it with a Strength check. Both are standard actions whose DCs are given in the table below. The check DCs are Constitution-based, and the Strength check DC includes a +4 racial bonus.

Web-spinners often create sheets of sticky webbing from 5 to 60 feet square, depending on the size of the spider. They usually position these sheets to snare flying creatures but can also try to trap prey on the ground. Approaching creatures must succeed on a DC 20 Spot check to notice a web; otherwise they stumble into it and become trapped as though by a successful web attack. Attempts to escape or burst the webbing gain a +5 bonus if the trapped creature has something to walk on or grab while pulling free. Each 5-foot section has the hit points given on the table, and sheet webs have damage reduction 5/—.

A monstrous spider can move across its own web at its climb speed and can pinpoint the location of any creature touching its web.

Size Escape Artist DC Break DC Hit Points
Tiny 10 14 2
Small 10 14 4
Medium 12 16 6
Large 13 17 12
Huge 16 20 14
Gargantuan 20 24 16
Colossal 28 32 18

Tremorsense (Ex): A monstrous spider can detect and pinpoint any creature or object within 60 feet in contact with the ground, or within any range in contact with the spider’s webs.

Skills: Monstrous spiders have a +4 racial bonus on Hide and Spot checks and a +8 racial bonus on Climb checks. A monstrous spider can always choose to take 10 on Climb checks, even if rushed or threatened. Monstrous spiders use either their Strength or Dexterity modifier for Climb checks, whichever is higher. *Hunting spiders have a +10 racial bonus on Jump checks and a +8 racial bonus on Spot checks. Web-spinning spiders have a +8 racial bonus on Hide and Move Silently checks when using their webs.

Spider Ancient Attacks[edit]

Bite: Bite attacks deal the indicated damage plus the Spider Ancient’s Strength bonus.

2 Slams (Pedipalps): Slam attacks deal the indicated damage plus 1/2 the dragon’s Strength bonus (round down). Slam attacks are secondary attacks, requiring a –5 penalty on the attack roll.

2 Slams (Legs): The Spider Ancient can slam opponents with its legs. leg attacks deal the indicated damage plus 1/2 the Spider Ancient’s Strength bonus (round down) and are treated as secondary attacks.

Frightful Presence (Ex): A young adult or older Spider Ancient can unsettle foes with its mere presence. The ability takes effect automatically whenever the Spider Ancient attacks or charges. Creatures within a radius of 30 feet x the Spider Ancient’s age category are subject to the effect if they have fewer HD than the Spider Ancient. A potentially affected creature that succeeds on a Will save (DC 10 + 1/2 Spider Ancient’s HD + dragon’s Cha modifier) remains immune to that Spider Ancient’s frightful presence for 24 hours. On a failure, creatures with 4 or less HD become panicked for 4d6 rounds and those with 5 or more HD become shaken for 4d6 rounds. Spider Ancients ignore the frightful presence of other Spider Ancients.

Damage Reduction (Su): Young adult and older Spider Ancients have damage reduction. Their natural weapons are treated as magic weapons for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction.

Immunities (Ex): All Spider Ancients have immunity to sleep, paralysis and Web effects.

Spell Resistance (Ex): As Spider Ancients age, they become more resistant to spells and spell-like abilities, as indicated in the tables above.

Spell-Like Abilities (Su):8/day— Web, 3/day— Suggestion.

Command Spiders (Su): At will, a spider ancient can command any Spiderkind[1] creature as the Greater Command spell, except that it can command up to four Spiderkind[1] creatures per caster level indefinatly and a number of Spiderkind[1] creatures equal to it's caster level for a number of rounds equal to it's caster level.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Any creature that resembles a spider.



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