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Ghoul, Ghast

Although these creatures look just like their lesser kin, they are far more deadly and cunning.

Ghast CR 2

XP 600
CE Medium undead
Init +4; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +9


AC 18, touch 14, flat-footed 14 (+4 Dex, +4 natural)
hp 17 (2d8+8)
Fort +4, Ref +4, Will +7
Defensive Abilities channel resistance +2


Speed 30 ft.
Melee bite +5 (1d6+3 plus disease and paralysis) and 2 claws +5 (1d6+3 plus paralysis)
Special Attacks paralysis (1d4+1 rounds, DC 15, affects elves normally), stench


Str 17, Dex 19, Con —, Int 17, Wis 18, Cha 18
Base Atk +1; CMB +4; CMD 18
Feats Weapon Finesse
Skills Acrobatics +6, Climb +8, Perception +9, Stealth +9, Swim +4
Languages Common


Disease (Su)

Ghoul Fever: Bite—injury; save Fort DC 15; onset 1 day; frequency 1 day; effect 1d3 Con and 1d3 Dex damage; cure 2 consecutive saves. The save DC is Charisma-based.

A humanoid who dies of ghoul fever rises as a ghoul at the next midnight. A humanoid who becomes a ghoul in this way retains none of the abilities it possessed in life. It is not under the control of any other ghouls, but it hungers for the flesh of the living and behaves like a normal ghoul in all respects. A humanoid of 4 Hit Dice or more rises as a ghast.

Paralysis (Su)

Creatures damaged by a ghast's natural attacks must make a successful DC 15 Fortitude save or be paralyzed for 1d4+1 rounds. Paralyzed creatures cannot move, speak, or take any physical actions. The creature is rooted to the spot, frozen and helpless. Unlike ghouls, A ghast's paralysis even affects elves.

Unlike hold person and similar effects, a paralysis effect does not allow a new save each round. A winged creature flying in the air at the time that it is paralyzed cannot flap its wings and falls. A swimmer can't swim and may drown.

Stench (Ex)

Ghast's exude an overwhelming stink of death and corruption in a 10-foot radius.  Those within the stench must succeed at a DC 15 Fortitude save, or be sickened for 1d6+4 minutes.

Editor's Note

Ghasts are ghouls with the advanced monster template, a stench ability and the ability to affect elves with their paralysis.

Warning! Ghasts are particularly nasty creatures due to their ability to paralyze and then possibly perform coup de grace attacks upon paralyzed victims. Their special abilities and average damage should probably warrant a CR 3 rating, but by the template rules they are only CR 2.

You've been warned!

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