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Advanced Bestiary

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Handbook, published by Wizards of the Coast, Inc.
This product utilizes updated material from the v.3.5 revision

Requires the use of the Dungeons & Dragons Players
Handbook, published by Wizards of the Coast, Inc.
This product utilizes updated material from the v.3.5 revision

Requires the use of the Dungeons & Dragons Players
Handbook, published by Wizards of the Coast, Inc.
This product utilizes updated material from the v.3.5 revision

ADVANCED
BESTIARY

By Matthew Sernett

I

GRR1601e

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Advanced Bestiary is © 2004 Green Ronin
Publishing, LLC. All rights reserved.
Reference to other copyrighted material
in no way constitutes a challenge to the
respective copyright holders of that material.
Advanced Bestiary, Green Ronin, Advanced
Rulebooks, and their associated logos are
trademarks of Green Ronin Publishing,
LLC.
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS® and Wizards of
the Coast® are registered trademarks of
Wizards of the Coast, Inc., and are used
with permission.
‘d20 System’ and the ‘d20 System’ logo are
trademarks of Wizards of the Coast, Inc.

and are used according to the terms of the
d20 System License version 5.0. A copy of
this License can be found at www.wizards.
com/d20.
Te following text is Open Gaming
Content: Chapters 1 and 2.

Printed in China
Green Ronin Publishing

P.O. Box 1723
Renton, WA 98057-1723
Email: custserv@greenronin.com
Web Site: www.greenronin.com

An Advanced Rulebook for the d20 System
An Advanced Rulebook for the d20 System

The Advanced
Bestiary

The Advanced
Bestiary

Design: Matthew Sernett

Editing: Penny Williams Development: Robert J Schwalb

Art Direction and Graphic Design: Hal Mangold

Cover Art: William C. Eaken

Interior Art: Julian Allen, Kent Burles, Mike Vilardi, Kev Crossley,
Toren
MacBin Atkinson, Tyler Walpole, Anthony Francicso,
Ilya Astrakhan, Caleb Cleveland, and Britt Martin

Proofreading: Evan Sass and Marc Schmalz Executive Producer: Chris Pramas

Green Ronin Staff: Steve Kenson, Nicole Lindroos, Hal Mangold, Chris Pramas,
Evan Sass, and Robert J Schwalb

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Table of
Contents

Table of
Contents

Section One:

:A Monstrous Toolkit .....................3

How Do I Use Tis Book? .............................4
How Can I Use Tese Templates? ..................4
Applying a Template ......................................5
Creating a Template .....................................10
Altering a Template ......................................14

Section Two:

Templates A to Z ..............................15

Amalgam ......................................................16
Arrowtaur .................................................20
Amphibious Creature ...................................21
Amphibious Giant Praying Mantis .........22
Apocalypse Swarm .......................................23
Apocalypse Hellwasp Swarm ..................23
Arboreal Creature .........................................25
Arboreal Halfling Warrior .......................26
Bipedal Creature ...........................................27
Bipedal Nightmare ..................................28
Blood Knight ................................................29
Morden Trallhammerer .........................31
Bramble ........................................................32
Bramble Wild Elf ....................................33
Broken Soul .................................................34
Broken Soul Erinyes ................................35
Cave Creature ...............................................36
Cave Squid ..............................................37
Celestial-Blessed Creature ............................38
Bryven Nightkirk .....................................41
Clockwork Creature .....................................42
Clockwork Choker ..................................44
Creature Swarm ............................................45
Frost Worm Swarm .................................47
Crystal Creature ...........................................48
Crystal Sahuagin ......................................49
Crystal Shark, Medium ............................50
Demon-Possessed Creature ..........................51
Quasit-Possessed Goblin Warrior ...........54
Devil-Bound Creature ..................................55
Horned-Devil-Bound Ettin ....................59
Divine Guardian ...........................................60
Naareth, Chuul Divine Guardian ............61
Dread Allip ...................................................62
Dread Allip Spirit Naga ..........................64
Dread Bodak ................................................65
Dread Bodak Tyrannosaurus ..................66
Dread Devourer ............................................67
Dread Devourer Purple Worm ................68
Dread Ghast .................................................70
Dread Ghast Gnoll ..................................71
Dread Ghost .................................................72
Dread Ghost Medusa ..............................74
Dread Ghoul ................................................76
Dread Ghoul Frost Giant ........................77
Dread Lacedon .............................................78
Dread Lacedon Cachalot Whale .............79
Dread Lich ...................................................80
Dread Lich Titan ....................................82
Dread Mohrg ...............................................83
7-Headed Dread Mohrg Cryohydra ........84
Dread Mummy .............................................86
Dread Mummy Harpy .............................87
Dread Shadow ..............................................88
Dread Shadow Achaierai .........................90
Dread Skeleton .............................................91
Dread Skeleton Blink Dog ......................92
Dread Spectre ...............................................93
Dread Spectre Nymph .............................94
Dread Wight ................................................95
Dread Wight Gargoyle ............................96

Dread Vampire .............................................97
Dread Vampire Night Hag ......................99
Dread Wraith Sovereign .............................101
Dread Wraith Sovereign
Trumpet Archon ................................103
Dread Zombie ............................................105
Dread Zombie Aasimar Warrior ............106
Dream Creature ..........................................107
Dream Rakshasa ....................................108
Dust Creature .............................................109
Dust Stone Giant ..................................110
Element-Infused Creature ..........................111
Fire-Infused Troll ..................................113
Feral Dragon ..............................................113
Very Old Feral Red Dragon ...................114
Flesh Plant .................................................115
Flesh Treant ...........................................116
Force Creature ............................................118
Force Gelatinous Cube ..........................119
Fortune-Blessed Creature ...........................120
Harrigan Tumwater, ...............................120
Fortune-Spurned Creature .........................121
Fortune-Spurned Light Warhorse .........122
Four Horsemen ..........................................123
Annis Hag of Death ...............................126
Icy Aranea of Famine .............................128
Ice Mephit of Pestilence .........................129
Bipedal Winter Wolf of War ..................130
Fungal Creature ..........................................131
Fungal Lizardfolk ..................................132
Genie-Bound Creature ...............................133
Azize Al’Bikira .....................................134
Gigantean ...................................................135
Gigantean Dream Chaos Beast ............138
Green Warden ............................................140
Green Warden Shambling Mound ........141
Half-Drow .................................................141
Half-Drow/Half-Derro .........................142
Half-Giant .................................................143
Half-Girallon/Half-Ettin ......................145
Half-Plant ..................................................146
Half-Plant Green Hag ..........................147
Holy Creature .............................................148
Holy Ghaele ..........................................149
Icy Creature ................................................150
Icy Belker ..............................................151
Id Ooze ......................................................152
Id Ochre Jelly ........................................153
Inveigler ......................................................153
Inveigler Doppelganger Sorcerer 7 .........154
Jotunblood Giant ........................................155
Jotunblood Hill Giant ...........................159
Lifespark Construct ....................................159
Lifespark Iron Golem Sorcerer 7 ...........160
Lunatic Creature ........................................161
Lunatic Yeth Hound (Full Moon) .........164
Magma Creature ........................................165
Magma Azer ..........................................166
Manimal .....................................................167
Manimal Triceratops .............................169
Metal-Clad Creature ..................................169
Lead-Clad Wyvern ................................172
Miniature ...................................................173
Miniature Formian Warrior ....................175
Mist Creature .............................................176

Mist Djinni ...........................................176
Monstrous Lycanthrope .............................178
Tiefling Werehellhound Warrior 1 ........182
Muck Creature ...........................................183
Adult Muck Tojanida ............................184
Negative-Energy-Charged Creature ..........185
Negative-Energy-Charged Wight .........186
Nightmare Creature ...................................187
Nightmare Chain Devil (Kyton) ...........189
Nocturnal Creature .....................................190
Nocturnal Brown Bear ...........................191
Ooze Creature ............................................192
Ooze Troglodyte ....................................193
Plague Bearer .............................................194
Vargouille Plague Bearer ........................195
Poisonous Creature .....................................196
Poisonous Manticore .............................197
Poltergeist ...................................................196
Athach Poltergeist .................................199
Primitive .....................................................200
Primitive Ogre .......................................201
Prismatic .....................................................202
Prismatic Chimera .................................203
Psychic ....................................................... 204
Psychic Bugbear .....................................206
Quadrupedal Creature ................................206
Quadrupedal Succubus .........................208
Quickling ...................................................209
Quickling Magmin ................................210
Ravenous Creature .....................................211
Kazunne Brokentongue .........................212
Saurian .......................................................213
Saurian Centaur ....................................213
Savant ........................................................214
Pseudodragon Savant .............................215
Seasonal Creature .......................................216
Seasonal Dryad (Autumn) .....................217
Seelie Creature ...........................................218
Seelie Grig .............................................219
Slithering Ooze ..........................................221
Slithering Gray Ooze ............................222
Smoke Creature ..........................................223
Smoke Will-O’-Wisp ............................224
Solaric Creature ..........................................225
Solaric Gynosphinx ...............................225
Sonic Creature ............................................226
Sonic Howler .........................................229
Stone Idol ...................................................230
Stone Idol Imp ......................................231
Suzerain ......................................................232
Suzerain Dire Lion ................................233
Swamp Lord ...............................................233
Swamp Lord Barghest ...........................235
Tunder Child ............................................237
Tunder Child Storm Giant ..................238
Time Seer ...................................................239
Kethane Maxurilius ...............................239
Transforming Construct .............................241
Transforming Colossal
Animated Object ...............................243
Unholy Creature .........................................245
Grakkus HeartFeast .............................245
Unseelie Creature .......................................246
Unseelie Shadow Mastiff .......................247
Verminoid Creature ....................................248
Giant Bombardier Beetle Verminoid .....249
War Machine ..............................................250
War Machine Ankheg ...........................251

Appendix: Challenge
Rating Ranks .......................................252
Index ......................................................................254

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Te monster template is perhaps the most innovative game
mechanic developed for the d20 system. It adds incredible flexibility
to monster design and gives GMs and players alike the ability to
combine creature characteristics in almost limitless variety.
Put simply, a template is a set of specific rules that can be applied
to a creature designed for the d20 system. Tese rules are often
accompanied by a concept that supplies the base creature with
a different background and behavior—or even converts it into
an entirely new monster. Because a template can be applied to
many different kinds of creatures, each one provides hundreds—
sometimes even thousands—of new options for encounters,
characters, and campaigns.
Tat much variety can be a little overwhelming, but the
possibilities are exciting too. Great campaign worlds and characters

result from the use of imagination, and more options provide more
grist for the creative mill.
As with any rulebook for a roleplaying game, it’s unlikely that
you’ll use all the rules provided in the Advanced Bestiary. You
shouldn’t feel that you have to give every monster in your game
(or every creature your characters summon) one of the templates
described here. Instead, rely on this book to provide fantastic
options and inspiration for adventures and events in your game.
You’ll know that you’re using templates well when you have fun
making decisions about how they should be applied. Templates
can even function as tools for building your campaign world.
Te advice provided in this chapter and the suggestions offered
throughout the book should put you well on your way to making
the kinds of decisions that will enrich your play experience.

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