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Spring-Heeled Jack

With jet-black skin and a small but menacing pair of horns, this goateed, impish creature wields a bloody knife and a wicked grin.

Spring-Heeled Jack CR 3

XP 800
CE Small fey
Init +5; Senses low-light vision; Perception +7


AC 16, touch 16, flat-footed 11 (+5 Dex, +1 size)
hp 26 (4d6+12)
Fort +3, Ref +9, Will +4


Speed 40 ft.
Melee mwk dagger +9 (1d3+2/19–20)
Special Attacks breath weapon (15-ft. cone, 2d6 fire damage, Reflex DC 14 half, usable every 2d4 rounds), frightening gaze, vault, sneak attack +1d6
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 4th; concentration +5)

Constantfeather fall, pass without trace


Str 15, Dex 21, Con 14, Int 10, Wis 10, Cha 13
Base Atk +2; CMB +3; CMD 18
Feats Toughness, Weapon Finesse
Skills Acrobatics +12 (+16 when jumping), Bluff +6, Climb +9, Escape Artist +12, Perception +7, Sleight of Hand +10, Stealth +16; Racial Modifiers +4 Acrobatics when jumping
Languages Common, Sylvan


Frightening Gaze (Su)

Any creature within a 10-ft. radius upon whom Spring-Heeled Jack's gaze falls is panicked for 1d6 rounds. A successful DC 13 Will save negates. The save DC is Charisma-based.

Vault (Su)

Spring-Heeled Jack can jump up to 20 feet (vertically or horizontally in any combination) as a move action without provoking attacks of opportunity.

Spring-Heeled Jack in Real Life

In 19th-century England, the myth of Spring-Heeled Jack pervaded society for several decades, spawned by numerous sightings and reports of a mysterious jumping figure in a black cape and tight clothes. Reports say that the cloaked troublemaker harassed helpless citizens either by ravaging them with his dreadful claws and brutish strength or simply frightening them with his horrid appearance and startling magic.

Accounts of Spring-Heeled Jack’s appearance differed between witnesses, though certain elements—such as dark clothes and a lithe, gangly body—remained consistent in all tales, as did his supernatural powers, which included jumping to extraordinary heights, spitting blue fire, and scaring victims senseless with his hideous visage.

After being officially recognized by many publications nationwide and following several high-profile attacks, sightings of Spring-Heeled Jack dwindled and essentially ceased near the end of the 1800s. Every few decades, however, people in various parts of the world still report mysterious men with the ability to perform incredible  leaps, leading many to wonder if the story of Spring-Heeled Jack is truly over.