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Giant Mantis

Giant Mantis CR 3 (Combatant)

XP 800
N Large vermin
Init +2; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +8


HP 40
EAC 14; KAC 16
Fort +7; Ref +5; Will +2


Speed 30 ft., fly 40 ft. (Ex, poor), spider climb
Melee bite +11 (1d6+7P), or claws +11 (1d6+7P plus grab)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Offensive Abilities deadly bite, lunge, sudden strike


Str +4; Dex +2; Con +1; Int –; Wis +1; Cha +0
Skills Acrobatics +8, Athletics +8, Stealth +8
Other Abilities mindless


Deadly Bite (Ex)

If the mantis succeeds in grappling a target struck with its claw attack, the target is drawn towards the mantis, who makes a bite attack as a swift action.

Lunge (Ex)

The giant mantis lunges forward, making a claw attack with an extended reach of 20 feet. The mantis cannot use this ability as an attack of opportunity.

Sudden Strike (Ex)

On the first round of combat, creatures that haven’t acted are flat-footed to the giant mantis.


Environment forests
Organization solitary

A praying mantis is known for its giant forelimbs which are used to swiftly capture its prey. These creatures wait in patient anticipation for their meals which are then consumed while still alive and struggling.

Giant mantises are known to exist on many alien worlds; large enough to prey on humanoids and even slaughter entire warbands or villages in an effort to sate their ravenous hunger.

This giant mantis is nearly 7 feet tall, 14 feet long, and weighs 600 pounds (60 bulk). Larger breeds of giant mantises are known to exist in the wild places of the world, including those of truly gargantuan size!

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