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|Size/Type:||Large Magical Beast|
|Hit Dice:||4d10+20 (42 hp)|
|Speed:||30 ft. (6 squares), fly 60 ft. (good)|
|Armor Class:||14 (–1 size, +1 Dex, +4 natural), touch 10, flat-footed 13|
|Attack:||Sting +8 melee (1d8+5 plus poison)|
|Full Attack:||Sting +8 melee (1d8+5 plus poison) and bite +3 melee (1d8+2)|
|Space/Reach:||10 ft./5 ft.|
|Special Attacks:||Implant, poison|
|Special Qualities:||Darkvision 60 ft., freedom of movement, low-light vision, scent|
|Saves:||Fort +9, Ref +5, Will +2|
|Abilities:||Str 21, Dex 13, Con 21, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 10|
|Skills:||Listen +10, Spot +11|
|Advancement:||5–12 HD (Huge)|
A spider eater is about 10 feet long and 4 feet high, and has a wingspan of about 20 feet. It weighs about 4,000 pounds.
A spider eater attacks with its venomous sting and powerful mandibles. Its usual tactic is to deliver a sting, then back off, hovering out of reach until the venom takes effect.
Freedom of Movement (Su): Spider eaters have a continuous freedom of movement ability as the spell (caster level 12th). When the spider eater serves as a mount, this effect does not extend to its rider.
TRAINING A SPIDER EATER
A spider eater requires training before it can bear a rider in combat.
Training a spider eater requires six weeks of work and a DC 25 Handle Animal check. Riding a spider eater requires an exotic saddle. A spider eater can fight while carrying a rider, but the rider cannot also attack unless he or she succeeds on a Ride check.
Spider eater eggs are worth 2,000 gp apiece on the open market, while young are worth 3,000 gp each. Professional trainers charge 3,000 gp to rear or train a spider eater.
Carrying Capacity: A light load for a spider eater is up to 306 pounds; a medium load, 307–612 pounds; and a heavy load, 613–920 pounds.