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Gargantua Troll

by Jamie Baty

CO, X7 29, RC 177
Gargantuan Giant
Hit Dice: 24d8+240 (348 hp)
Initiative: +1 (+1 Dex)
Speed: 60 ft. (12 squares)
Armour Class: 14 (-4 size, +1 Dex, +7 natural), touch 7, flat-footed 13
Base Attack/Grapple: +18/+44
Attack: Claw +28 melee (4d6 +14)
Full Attack: 2 Claws +28 melee (4d6 +14) and bite +23 melee (4d6 +7)
Space/Reach: 20 ft./20 ft.
Special Attacks: Improved Grab, Rend 6d6+21, swallow whole
Special Qualities: Darkvision 90ft, low-light vision, regeneration 10, scent
Saves: Fort +24, Ref +9, Will +9
Abilities: Str 39, Dex 12, Con 31, Int 6, Wis 9, Cha 6
Skills: Listen +5, Spot +6
Feats: Alertness, Iron Will, Track
Environment: Cold Mountains
Organisation: Solitary
Challenge Rating: 20
Treasure: None
Alignment: Usually chaotic evil
Advancement: ---
Level Adjustment: ---

The gargantuan troll remains one of the more terrifying creatures on Mystara. It is not known whether more than one of these horrifying monsters exists. Sages fervently hope that the wizard Gargantua had wisdom enough to create only one such being, as a race of gargantuan trolls might prove powerful enough to destroy the entire world's civilisation.

Gargantua trolls like to rip apart their foes with their claws. They are especially fond of swallowing smaller opponents whole, as their appetites are almost insatiable.

Improved Grab (Ex): If a Gargantua troll hits with its bite attack, it deals normal damage and attempts to start a grapple as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity. If the grapple succeeds, the Gargantua troll may attempt to swallow the victim whole in the next round. A Gargantua troll may only grab an opponent that is Large size or smaller.

Rend (Ex): If a Gargantua troll hits with both claw attacks, it latches onto the opponent's body and tears the flesh. This attack automatically deals an additional 6d6+21 points of damage.

Swallow Whole (Ex): A Gargantua troll can try to swallow a grappled opponent of up to two sizes smaller by making a successful grapple check. The swallowed creature takes 2d8+14 points of bludgeoning damage and 10 points of acid damage per round from the Gargantua troll's gizzard. A swallowed creature can cut its way out by using a light slashing or piercing weapon to deal 30 points of damage to the gizzard (AC 13). Once the creature exits, muscular action closes the hole; another swallowed opponent must cut its own way out.
A Gargantua troll's gizzard can hold 2 large, 8 medium, 32 small, 128 tiny or smaller opponents.

Regeneration (Ex): Fire and acid deal normal damage to a Gargantua troll. If a Gargantua 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.

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