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Giant Grasshopper

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A horse-sized grasshopper clings to a massive plant nearby. It leaps forth, and the earth tremors with its landing.

Originally Posted by Shade of the En World forums.

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Giant grasshoppers can be found anywhere their lesser kin are common. They are often trained as mounts by insectile humanoids and occasionally other creatures.

Grasshopper, Giant
Large vermin
Hit Dice3d8+6 (19 hp)
Initiative+1
Speed30 ft. (6 squares)
Armor Class15 (-1 size, +1 Dexterity, +5 natural), touch 10, flat-footed 14
Base Attack/Grapple+2/+9
AttackSlam +4 melee (1d8+3) or bite +4 melee (1d4+3)
Full AttackSlam +4 melee (1d8+3) or bite +4 melee (1d4+3)
Space/Reach10 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks
Special QualitiesDarkvision 60 ft., great leaper, limited flight, vermin traits
SavesFort +5, Ref +2, Will +1
AbilitiesStrength 17, Dexterity 12, Constitution 15, Intelligence —, Wisdom 10, Charisma 11
SkillsHide +1, Jump +33, Spot +4
Feats
EnvironmentAny temperate or warm land
OrganizationSolitary or swarm (2-20)
Challenge Rating2
TreasureNone
AlignmentAlways neutral
Advancement4-10 HD (Large), 11-17 HD (Huge), 18-20 HD (Gargantuan)
Level Adjustment

Combat

A giant grasshopper is non-aggressive, preferring flight to fight. It normally injures others only if they get in its way as it attempts its escape…or happen to be too close to where it lands. A giant grasshopper trained as a mount fights alongside its rider.

Great Leaper (Ex): A giant grasshopper has a +30 racial bonus on Jump checks. A giant grasshopper treats all Jump checks as if it had a 20-foot running start. For purposes of determining distance, a giant grasshopper treats vertical leaps as if they were horizontal leaps. Thus, a giant grasshopper with a Jump check result of 40 can leap 40 feet vertically or horizontally.

Limited Flight (Ex): A grasshopper may Fly at at a speed of 60 feet (average), but must begin and end its flight in the same round. As a full-round action, a giant grasshopper may combine its limited flight and great leaper abilities to cover greater ground.

Skills: A giant grasshopper has a +4 racial bonus on Hide and Spot checks. *Because of its camouflage, the Hide bonus increases to +12 when a grasshopper is surrounded by foliage.

Originally appeared in Rules Cyclopedia (1991).

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