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Giant, Ash

Towering above a typical human, this misshapen giant's pale flesh is covered in purulent sores and bulbous tumors.

Ash Giant CR 11

XP 12,800

CN Large humanoid (giant)

Init +2; Senses low-light vision; Perception +8


AC 25, touch 11, flat-footed 23 (+4 armor, +2 Dex, +10 natural, –1 size)

hp 147 (14d8+84)

Fort +15, Ref +6, Will +5

Defensive Abilities rock catching; Immune disease, poison


Speed 40 ft. (30 ft. in armor)

Melee Huge club +20/+15 (2d6+11 plus disease), slam +15 (1d8+5 plus disease) or 2 slams +20 (1d8+11 plus disease)

Ranged rock +12 (1d8+16 plus disease)

Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.

Special Attacks disease, rock throwing (120 ft.)


Str 33, Dex 14, Con 23, Int 9, Wis 12, Cha 10

Base Atk +10; CMB +22; CMD 34

Feats Catch Off-Guard, Cleave, Great Cleave, Point-Blank Shot, Power Attack, Precise Shot, Self-Sufficient

Skills Climb +14, Heal +7, Intimidate +6, Perception +8, Survival +9

Languages Common, Giant

SQ oversized weapon, vermin empathy +14


Environment any wastelands

Organization solitary, gang (2–5), band (6–9), raid (9–12 plus 1d4 giant vermin), or tribe (13–30 plus 35% noncombatants, plus 1 barbarian or fighter chief of 6th–8th level and 6–8 giant vermin)

Treasure standard (hide armor, Huge club, other treasure)

Special Abilities

Disease (Su) While ash giants are immune to disease, they carry a contagious form of leprosy. Any creature struck by an ash giant's attacks is exposed to this virulent sickness.

Ash Leprosy: Injury; save Fort 23; onset 1 minute; frequency 1/day; effect 1d2 Con damage, 1d2 Cha drain; cure 2 consecutive saves. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Oversized Weapon (Ex) An ash giant can wield Huge weapons without penalty.

Vermin Empathy (Ex) This ability functions as a druid's wild empathy ability, save that it works only on vermin. An ash giant uses its Hit Dice (14 for most ash giants) as its effective druid level. Vermin are normally mindless, but this empathic communication imparts upon them a modicum of implanted intelligence, allowing the ash giant to train vermin and use them as guardians (although it does not grant them skills or feats).

Whether because of disruptive magic, unearthed deep elements, or alien technology that fell calamitously from the sky, ash giants are victims of their barren terrains. Yet they somehow survive and even thrive in these desperate lands. Ash giants have an uncanny ability to bond with the enormous and often mutated vermin they share the landscape with, and sometimes use the largest of these creatures as mounts.

Ash giants are brash and violent, and their humor is incredibly dark. Killing someone through a prank is just as funny as tripping a friend while on a hunt. While not inherently evil, lifetimes of being antagonized by other tribes have practically bred violence into their minds.

Ash giants are 10 feet tall and weigh 1,200 pounds.

Giant, Cave

Bestial tusks jut from the jaw of this hunched-over giant. It is clad in armor patched together from the bones of past victims.

Cave Giant CR 6

XP 2,400

CE Large humanoid (giant)

Init +0; Senses darkvision 120 ft., low-light vision; Perception +5


AC 19, touch 9, flat-footed 19 (+4 armor, +6 natural, –1 size)

hp 67 (9d8+27)

Fort +9, Ref +3, Will +3

Defensive Abilities ferocity, rock catching

Weaknesses light sensitivity


Speed 40 ft. (30 ft. in armor)

Melee battleaxe +12/+7 (2d6+9/×3) or 2 slams +11 (1d8+6)

Ranged rock +6 (1d8+9)

Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.

Special Attacks rock throwing (100 ft.)


Str 23, Dex 10, Con 17, Int 6, Wis 10, Cha 7

Base Atk +6; CMB +13; CMD 23

Feats Cleave, Improved Sunder, Power Attack, Vital Strike, Weapon Focus (battleaxe)

Skills Climb +7, Intimidate +7, Perception +5

Languages Giant

SQ axe wielder


Environment any underground

Organization solitary, gang (2–5), band (6–8 plus 1–2 monitor lizards), raiding party (9–12 plus 1–4 monitor lizards), or tribe (13–20 plus 30% noncombatants, plus 1 barbarian, fighter, or ranger chief of 3rd–5th level; 2–9 monitor lizards; 1–4 giant frilled lizards; and 10–15 dwarf, orc, or troglodyte slaves)

Treasure standard (battleaxe, hide armor, other treasure)

Special Abilities

Axe Wielder (Ex) All cave giants are proficient with handaxes, battleaxes, and greataxes.

Stooped over in a perpetual crouch, cave giants move as if they had never mastered walking erect. Their faces mix the worst features of ogre and feral orc. The largest would measure 10 feet in height if they ever stood straight. The typical cave giant weighs 1,000 pounds. Though few survive past 60 years, cave giants can live as long as 150 years.

While they prove remarkably adept with axes of all varieties, cave giants lack the patience to work metal. What metal a cave giant possesses was likely stolen from other giants or worked by enslaved subterranean smiths.

Slaves such as dwarves, orcs, and troglodytes do most of the labor in cave giant settlements. Poor treatment and the need for meat keep slave populations small and ever-rotating. New slaves are brought in whenever raiding parties remember to reign in their blood lust. Any prisoners who fail to submit to their new masters find themselves served on the dinner table or tossed screaming into the giant's cave lizard pens.

Giant lizards of all types serve as both guard beasts and sport for the cave giants. Giant frilled lizards are rarely pets, as most cave giants opt to keep less dangerous monitor lizards instead. Kept in check only by fear and brutal beatings, such pets turn on their handlers at the first sign of weakness. At feeding time, live captives are tossed into the pens, a festive event filled with boisterous cheers and spirited betting.

Giant, Desert

Loose robes conceal the sand-etched features of this lanky giant. In each hand he grips a scimitar nearly the length of a human.

Desert Giant CR 9

XP 6,400

LN Large humanoid (giant)

Init +3; Senses low-light vision; Perception +9


AC 24, touch 13, flat-footed 20 (+2 armor, +3 Dex, +1 dodge, +9 natural, –1 size)

hp 123 (13d8+65)

Fort +9, Ref +11, Will +5

Defensive Abilities rock catching; Immune fire


Speed 50 ft.

Melee mwk scimitars +16/+16/+11/+11 (1d8+8/15–20) or 2 slams +16 (1d8+8)

Ranged rock +12 (1d8+12)

Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.

Special Attacks rock throwing (100 ft.), scimitar training


Str 26, Dex 17, Con 21, Int 13, Wis 12, Cha 10

Base Atk +9; CMB +18; CMD 32 (36 vs. disarm and sunder)

Feats Combat Reflexes, Dodge, Improved Critical (scimitar), Improved Two-Weapon Fighting, Mobility, Two-Weapon Fighting, Weapon Focus (scimitar)

Skills Acrobatics +16 (+24 when jumping), Intimidate +11, Perception +9, Survival +17

Languages Common, Giant

SQ sandwalking


Environment warm desert

Organization solitary, gang (2–4), band (5–8), raiding party (9–12 plus 1 fighter of 1st–3rd level), or tribe (10–30 plus 35% noncombatants, 1–3 clerics of 2nd–4th level, 2–4 fighters of 1st–3rd level, and 1 fighter sheik of 4th–6th level, 50% chance of 10–20 human slaves)

Treasure standard (2 masterwork scimitars, leather armor, other treasure)

Special Abilities

Sandwalking (Ex) A desert giant travels at full speed across sand, rocky ground, or dust, and leaves no trail behind unless it chooses to.

Scimitar Training (Ex) All desert giants are proficient with scimitars, and can wield them as if they were light weapons. A desert giant adds its full Strength bonus to attacks made with a scimitar wielded in its off hand, and gains a +4 bonus to CMD versus disarm and sunder attempts when fighting with a scimitar in each hand.

Desert giants rove the stark and majestic sands, rarely dwelling in permanent camps. They roam from oasis to oasis, sleeping beneath the stars or in easily dismantled yurts, breaking camp as whim strikes or when food sources grow scarce.

Desert giants stand 15 feet tall on average, but have slender builds and rarely weigh more than 2,000 pounds, a fact that greatly contributes to their grace and speed. The giants favor loose robes with keffiyehs for protection from the scouring desert winds, as well as traveling leathers worn beneath the robes. They require little water, and are able to survive for as long as 2 weeks on food alone. When such goods are available, they drink water, milk, and juices in prodigious amounts, but they spurn beer, wine, and stronger spirits. The bulk of their diet comes from figs, olives, and similar bounty of the oases, supplemented by meat if required. The eldest desert giants live as long as 300 years.

Despite their nomadic ways, desert giants guard their territory fiercely, driving away all interlopers, whether intelligent or bestial.

Giant, Jungle

This towering, plant-encrusted woman wields a massive bow, and her dark skin is decorated with numerous intricate tattoos.

Jungle Giant CR 10

XP 9,600

N Huge humanoid (giant)

Init +4; Senses low-light vision; Perception +15


AC 24, touch 16, flat-footed 20 (+4 deflection, +4 Dex, +8 natural, –2 size)

hp 127 (15d8+60)

Fort +9, Ref +13, Will +7

Defensive Abilities rock catching, spell storing, warding tattoos; Immune disease, poison


Speed 40 ft.

Melee 2 slams +17 (2d6+8)

Ranged mwk composite longbow +15/+10/+5 (3d6+8/19–20/×3)

Space 15 ft.; Reach 15 ft.


Str 26, Dex 19, Con 19, Int 10, Wis 14, Cha 11

Base Atk +11; CMB +21; CMD 39

Feats Deadly Aim, Improved Critical (longbow), Improved Precise Shot, Point-Blank Shot, Precise Shot, Rapid Shot, Skill Focus (Stealth), Weapon Focus (longbow)

Skills Climb +12, Craft (bows) +8, Perception +15, Stealth +12 (+20 in forests), Survival +10; Racial Modifiers +4 Climb, +8 Stealth in forests

Languages Common, Giant

SQ archery expert


Environment warm forests

Organization solitary, hunting party (2–9 plus 1–3 girallons), or tribe (10–40, plus 35% noncombatants, 1–3 druids or sorcerers of 2nd–5th level, 1 ranger or barbarian of 3rd–7th level, and 2–8 girallons)

Treasure standard (masterwork composite longbow [+8 Str] with 40 arrows, other treasure)

Special Abilities

Archery Expert (Su) A jungle giant is proficient with all bows, and does not provoke an attack of opportunity when firing a bow in melee combat.

Spell Storing (Su) Once per day as a immediate action, a jungle giant can absorb a targeted or ranged touch spell used against it, negating the effects against it but not against any other targets. It can retain this stored power for up to 1 minute, during which time its tattoos glow with blue fire. If it damages a target with a successful hit using a melee or ranged weapon, it can cast the spell on the target as a free action, as if it were using a spell storing weapon. This spell uses the caster level and DC of the original caster. This discharges the stored spell.

Warding Tattoos (Su) A jungle giant's magical tattoos grant it a +4 deflection bonus to Armor Class. The giant loses this bonus if it wears armor.

Reclusive by nature, jungle giants lair deep within the rainforest. These giants distrust the ways of civilization and resent trespassers. More than one vine-covered lost city in the deep jungle owes its fall to jungle giant ire. The warrior-women of these tribes usually fight with bows, sacred weapons often passed down over generations from mother to daughter. To touch a jungle giant's bow without permission is a mortal insult.

Jungle giants stand 17 feet tall and weigh 4,000 pounds. Their barklike skin bears runic brands etched into each giant as a rite of passage into adulthood. Jungle giant tribes are matriarchal, ruled by an elder female warrior. Males traditionally defend the village, gather food, tend livestock, and raise children.