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Drake, Splinter

This creature looks like a wingless dragon about 12 feet long whose flesh is actually dark brown bark with a greenish hue. A bushy mane of twigs, branches, leaves, and vines circles its dragon-like head and a series of thorny spines runs the length of its back. Two backward curved horns, apparently constructed of the same hardened bark as its body, jut from the creature’s head. A dark brown snake-like tongue flicks across its fangs as it advances.

Splinter Drake CR 10

XP 9,600
N(E) Large plant
Init +2; Senses low-light vision; Perception +21

DEFENSE

AC 23, touch 11, flat-footed 21 (+2 Dex, +12 natural, –1 size)
hp 178 (17d8+102)
Fort +16; Ref +7; Will +8
Immune plant traits; Resist fire 10

OFFENSE

Speed 40 ft.
Melee bite +20 (2d6+8/19–20), 2 claws +19 (1d6+8)
Ranged thorn volley +13 (3d6)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft. (10 ft. with bite)
Special Attacks breath weapon (40 ft. cone, DC 24, 6d6 slashing and piercing), poison

STATISTICS

Str 27, Dex 15, Con 23, Int 10, Wis 12, Cha 10
Base Atk +12; CMB +21; CMD 33 (37 vs. trip)
Feats Cleave, Combat Reflexes, Critical Focus, Great Cleave, Improved Critical (bite), Improved Natural Attack (bite), Iron Will, Power Attack, Weapon Focus (bite)
Skills Perception +21, Stealth +17 (+29 in forested areas); Racial Modifiers +12 Stealth in forested areas
Languages Common, Sylvan
SQ improved woodland stride

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Breath Weapon (Ex)

A splinter drake has two breath weapons, both of which emit razor-sharp thorns. The main breath weapon, useable every 1d4 rounds, is a 40-ft. cone that deals 6d6 points of piercing and slashing damage. Its other breath weapon is a volley of thorns spit at a single target as a ranged attack for 3d6 points of piercing damage.

Improved Woodland Stride (Su)

A splinter drake can move through any sort of undergrowth (natural thorns, briars, overgrown areas, and similar terrain) at its normal speed without taking damage or suffering other impairment. This includes thorns, briars, and overgrown areas that are magically manipulated to impede motion.

Poison (Ex)

Three times per day as a free action, a splinter drake can regurgitate its poisonous stomach acids into its mouth and either use it in conjunction with a bite attack or release it along with either version of its breath weapon. The act of regurgitating the poison is a free action. Once it makes a successful bite attack or uses its breath weapon, the poison is used up (though the splinter drake can “reload” again on its next turn if it has any more uses of its poison attack left for the day).

Splinter Drake Venom: Bite or breath weapon—injury or contact, save Fort DC 24, frequency 1/round for 5 rounds, effect 1d4 Con, cure 1 save.

Unique Splinter Drake
Rarely, though not completely unheard of, a splinter drake takes levels in a class, almost always the druid or ranger class. For example: