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Gargantua Rock Python

by Jamie Baty

IM 36
Colossal Animal
Hit Dice: 20d8+100 (190 hp)
Initiative: +3 (+3 Dex)
Speed: 40 ft. (8 squares), climb 40 ft. (8 squares), swim 40 ft. (8 squares)
Armour Class: 15 (-8 size, +3 Dex, +10 natural), touch 5, flat-footed 12
Base Attack/Grapple: +15/+47
Attack: Bite +23 melee (3d6 +16)
Full Attack: Bite +23 melee (3d6 +16)
Space/Reach: 30 ft. +/20 ft.+
Special Attacks: Constrict 6d4+24, improved grab, swallow whole
Special Qualities: Low-light vision, scent
Saves: Fort +17, Ref +15, Will +7
Abilities: Str 43, Dex 16, Con 21, Int 2, Wis 13, Cha 2
Skills: Balance +11, Climb +24, Hide -5, Listen +9, Spot +9, Swim +24
Feats: Alertness, Endurance
Environment: Any land
Organisation: Solitary
Challenge Rating: 8
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always neutral
Advancement: ---
Level Adjustment: ---

This 120ft long snake has brown and yellow scales set in a spiral pattern. . It has been created by the Immortal Demogorgon to help further her causes.

Gargantua rock pythons much more aggressive than their normal cousins. This is due to their service to Demogorgon. They will bite the nearest foe and attempt to constrict them or swallow them.

Constrict (Ex): On a successful grapple check, a rock python deals 6d4+24 points of bludgeoning damage in addition to bite damage.

Improved Grab (Ex): To use this ability, a rock python must hit with its bite attack. It can then attempt to start a grapple as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity. If it wins the grapple check, it establishes a hold and can constrict. It may also swallow the victim whole the next round.

Swallow Whole (Ex): A Gargantua rock python can try to swallow a grappled opponent of up to two sizes smaller by making a successful grapple check. The swallowed creature takes 3d8+24 points of bludgeoning damage and 5 points of acid damage per round from the Gargantua rock python's gizzard. A swallowed creature can cut its way out by using a light slashing or piercing weapon to deal 40 points of damage to the gizzard (AC 15). Once the creature exits, muscular action closes the hole; another swallowed opponent must cut its own way out.
A Gargantua rock python's gizzard can hold 1 huge, 4 large, 16 medium, 64 small or smaller opponents.

Scent (Ex): This special quality allows a rock python to detect approaching enemies, sniff out hidden foes, and track by sense of smell.

Skills: Rock pythons receive a +4 racial bonus to Hide, Listen, and Spot checks and a +8 racial bonus to Balance and Climb checks. A rock python can always choose to take 10 on a Climb check, even if rushed or threatened. A rock python has a +8 racial bonus on any Swim check to perform some special action or avoid a hazard. It can always choose to take 10 on a Swim check, even if distracted or endangered. It can use the run action while swimming, provided it swims in a straight line.