Nettlecloud Spider (Template)
|This template is based on the goliath birdeater tarantula
(Theraphosa blondi), an actual variety of tarantula that can grow
to have a legspan of twelve inches.
The nettlecloud spider is a type of hunting spider with an unusual form
of defense. Thick-limbed and veryheavy, they are stronger than other sorts
of spiders but somewhat clumsier. Their bodies are covered with a fine
layer of very small barbed hairs.
Creating a Nettlecloud Spider
"Nettlecloud spider" is a template that can be added to any spider-like
vermin (such as monstrous spiders). Theoretically other spider-like creatures
(such as driders, choldriths,and ettercaps) could gain this template as
well. The creature uses all of the base creatureís statistics and special
abilities except as noted here.
A nettlecloud spider retains all of the special
attacks of the base creature and also gains the following attacks:
When threatened (confronted by
creatures larger than itself or reduced to half its normal hit points or
below), a nettlecloud spider rubs its legs against its body, pulling its
barbed hairs loose and forming a poisonous cloud of stinging hairs. It
may do this up to three times per day. This cloud is centered on a point
along the edge of the creatureís square and spreads a distance equal to
the smallest dimension of the creatureís facing (creatures with a facing
less than 5 ft. by 5 ft. create a cloud that fills only its own square).
The creature is unharmed by its own cloud or by
the clouds of other nettlecloud spiders. The cloud persists for 1 round
and then disperses. Creatures within the nettlecloud or that enter it
must succeed at a Fortitude save (DC 10 + 1/2 the creatureís HD + the base creature's
Con modifier) or be blinded and shaken for 1d4+1 rounds (a successful save
reduces this duration by half).
After using its nettlecloud, the creature normally
performs a normal move to escape its attackers (even if this would draw
an attack of opportunity).
Increase from the base creature
as follows: Str +2, Dex -2.
Temperate and tropical land and underground
Sample Nettlecloud Spider
This example uses a Large monstrous (hunting) spider as the base creature.
Large Nettlecloud Monstrous (Hunting) Spider
Hit Dice: 4d8+4 (22 hp)
Initiative: +3 (Dex)
Speed: 40 ft., climb 20 ft.
AC: 14 (-1 size, +2 Dex, +2 natural)
Attacks: Bite +4 melee
Damage: 1d8+3 and poison
Face/Reach: 10 ft. by 10 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks: Poison, web, nettlecloud (10 ft. spread)
Special Qualities: Vermin
Saves: Fort +5, Reflex +4, Will +1.
Abilities: Str 15, Dex 17, Con 12, Int ó, Wis 10, Cha 2.
Skills: Climb +14, Hide +6, Jump +2*, Spot +7*
Poison (Ex): Fortitude save DC 16, initial
damage 1d6 temporary Strength, secondary damage 1d6 temporary Strength.
Web (Ex): Escape DC 26, Break DC 32, hit
Nettlecloud (Ex): 10 ft. spread, Fortitude
save DC 13.