Friends & Foes: Warforged Octopus


Warforged Octopus

Warforged Octopus

Description

The light from two ominously-glowing reflect off the assorted metal plates covering this creature’s bulbous head. Long, cable-like tentacles trail behind it.

Warforged Octopus Level 7 Elite Soldier
Large Natural Magical Beast (aquatic, living construct) XP 600
Initiative +8 Senses Perception +5, darkvision
HP 166; Bloodied 83; see also warforged resolve
AC 25; Fortitude 23, Reflex 21, Will 18
Saving Throws +2
Speed swim 8
Action Points 1
M Grab (Standard; at-will)
Reach 2; +14 vs. AC; 1d8+5 damage and target is grabbed. The warforged octopus can grab any number of enemies.
c Squeeze (Standard; at-will)
Close burst 2; grabbed targets only; +12 vs. Fortitude; 2d6+5 damage.
Warforged Resolve (Minor, usable only while bloodied; encounter)
The warforged octopus gains 41 temporary hit points
Threatening Reach
The warforged octopus can make opportunity attacks against all enemies within its reach (2 squares).
Iron Grip
The warforged octopus gains a +5 bonus to fortitude defense for the purpose of enemies attempting to escape grabs.
Alignment Unaligned Languages Understands common
Str 20 (+8) Dex 16 (+6) Wis 14 (+5)
Con 19 (+7) Int 6 (+1) Cha 8 (+2)

Tactics

The warforged octopus attempts to grab the nearest enemy and then begins squeezing it until it dies. It does not specifically attempt to grab other creatures, though it very well may get them if they provoke opportunity attacks from it.

Artwork is of the Arcbound Fiend from Magic: the Gathering, and belongs to Wizards of the Coast

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2 Responses to “Friends & Foes: Warforged Octopus”

  1. Whoa… love the monster and the art, but this guy would totally make a great low-level solo. With an extra attack, he could grab multiple enemies and do group crushes with that burst once he had enough of the players in their grasp. I feel like my players would escape from this guy a lot with just his one attack. But I suppose I might have to playtest him a bit ;-) .

    Great idea, and very cool art! Did you find the art before you made the creature?

  2. No. Well, yes. Uhh… It’s complicated.

    My PCs were about to uncover an underwater creation forge (in a world where warforged were unknown, this forge was thousands of years old) and I had an encounter with a bunch of basically sentient naval mines… then I decided at the last minute to throw some warforged animals in, too. I took the stats for a riding shark, which I had handy, and used them for a warforged shark and warforged octopus.

    Then as I did that, a light flickered on in my head that there was some arcbound creature in Mirrodin that would be perfect for a warforged octopus… I looked it up and showed it to the players.

    Then, the next day, I wrote this article, including actually statting it.

    So I made the monster up on the spot, then found the artwork, then statted it.

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