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Snow Troll

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This tall, gangly humanoid stands nearly 8 feet tall. Its pale green skin is covered in snowy white fur. It moves swiftly over the snow on its broad, furry feet.

Originally Posted by Shade of the En World forums.

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Snow trolls are arctic cousins to the standard troll. They are shorter and broader, but equally ferocious and fearless.

Snow trolls are generally solitary, coming together only during mating season every three years in the darkness of mid-winter in remote mountain valleys. The males abandon their mates to raise the young, which reach maturity in a single year. The young snow trolls are even more rapacious than the adults.

A snow troll’s territory may cover hundreds of square miles. Snow trolls feed on any creatures they can catch, even polar bears and other fierce arctic creatures. Only white dragons successfully predate upon snow trolls. Ice trolls and snow trolls are bitter enemies and competitors for the same hunting grounds.

A typical adult snow troll stands 8 feet tall and weighs 500 pounds. Females are slightly larger than males. A snow troll’s hide is pale green or pale gray, and is covered in white fur. Snow trolls have a lifespan of 120 years.

Trolls speak a dialect of Giant in a high-pitched, sing-song manner.

Troll, Snow
Large Giant (Cold)
Hit Dice7d8+42 (73 hp)
Speed30 ft. (6 squares)
Armor Class16 (–1 size, +2 Dexterity, +5 natural), touch 11, flat-footed 14
AttackClaw +10 melee (1d6+6)
Full Attack2 claws +10 melee (1d6+6)
Space/Reach10 ft./10 ft.
Special AttacksRend 2d6+9
Special QualitiesDarkvision 90 ft., immunity to cold, Low-Light Vision, regeneration 5, Scent, surefooted, tremorsense 60 ft., vulnerability to fire
SavesFort +11, Ref +4, Will +5
AbilitiesStrength 23, Dexterity 14, Constitution 23, Intelligence 6, Wisdom 15, Charisma 6
SkillsClimb +14, Hide +4*, Listen +4, Move Silently +4, Spot +4, Survival +4
FeatsIron Will, Stealthy, Track
EnvironmentAny cold land
OrganizationSolitary or pair
Challenge Rating6
AlignmentUsually chaotic evil
AdvancementBy character class


Snow trolls are patient hunters, often detecting prey with their heightened senses and lying in ambush in the snow.

Rend (Ex): If a snow troll hits with both claw attacks, it latches onto the opponent’s body and tears the flesh. This attack automatically deals an additional 2d6+9 points of damage.

Regeneration (Ex): Fire and acid deal normal damage to a snow troll. If a snow troll loses a limb or body part, the lost portion regrows in 3d6 minutes. The creature can reattach the severed member instantly by holding it to the stump.

Surefooted (Ex): Snow trolls ignore all movement penalties associated with snow on the ground. They also receive a +4 racial bonus on Balance checks when walking on ice or snow.

Skills: Snow trolls have a +8 racial bonus on Climb checks. *Snow trolls have a +4 racial bonus on Hide checks when in snowy or icy environments. This bonus on Hide checks increases to +8 when the snow troll is immobile.

Originally appeared in Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One (1994).

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