Tendriculos (4e Creature)

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This creature looks like a mound of vegetation supported by vines and branches. The mass has a huge opening filled with "teeth" of sharp branches and long thorns. A tendriculos can rear up to a height of 15 feet. It weighs about 3,500 pounds.


A Tendriculos
Level 9 Solo Lurker
Huge Aberrant Plant
XP 2000
Initiative +7 Senses Perception +10, low-light vision
HP 408; Bloodied 204
Regeneration 10
AC 25; Fortitude 32, Reflex 22, Will 24
Immune Poison, charm, sleep, immobility, stun
Saving Throws +5
Speed 4
Action Points 2
Basicmelee.png Tendrils ♦ at-will
Effect: Reach 3; +14 vs. AC; 2d8+5 damage and tendriculos can attempt to grab target (until escapes). Targets successfully grabbed are subject to Swallow attack (see below) on the tendriculos' next turn.
Melee.png Flailing Tendrils ♦ at-will
Effect: The tendriculos can make 2 attacks per round with its Tendrils as part of the same action.
Melee.png Maw ♦ at-will
Effect: +12 vs. Ref; 2d8+5 damage and tendriculos can attempt to grab target (until escapes). Targets successfully grabbed are subject to Swallow attack (see below).
Melee.png Swallow ♦ at-will
Effect: +12 vs. Fort or Ref (whichever is higher); Target is swallowed whole. Once inside the plant’s mass, the opponent is Restrained (no save) and takes 1d8+5 damage plus 10 points of acid damage on subsequent rounds at the start of the tendriculos' turn. The swallowed creature can make basic melee attacks only, and only with one-handed or natural weapons. If the tendriculos dies, any creature trapped in it's gullet can escape as a move action, ending that action in the square formerly occupied by the tendriculos.
Close.png Thorny Burst ♦ encounter
Effect: Close burst 2; +10 vs. Ref. 2d6+5 damage, and targets are knocked Prone. Miss: Half damage, and targets are not knocked Prone.
Skills Perception, stealth +11
Str 28 (+13) Dex 9 (+3) Wis 8 (+3)
Con 22 (+10) Int 3 (+0) Cha 3 (+0)
Alignment Unaligned Languages

Tendriculos Tactics[edit]

Prowling deep forests or waiting in vegetated areas (looking like nothing more than a small hillock), a tendriculos attacks savagely, showing no fear. It attempts to swallow as much flesh as it can, as quickly as it can.

Tendriculos Lore[edit]

A character knows the following information with a successful Nature check.

DC 15: The tendriculos is a plant creature that may have been mutated by foul magic, or may have originated on another plane of existence, possibly from the Shadowfell. Animals and other plant creatures are unnerved by the presence of a tendriculos; they avoid it and any place it has been within the last 24 hours.
DC 20: The tendriculos is known for its ability to grow and regrow it's vegetable body extremely rapidly. Whole new leaves and vines appear in just a few minutes. A tendriculos accomplishes this by consuming vast quantities of meat.

Encounter Groups[edit]

Tendriculos are solitary creatures that hunt the forests constantly looking for food.

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