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Ravenous Creature (CR +1)


Unnatural acts provoke unnatural hungers, and depravity follows perversity in a cascade. Dark powers watch for the growth of evil in mortals’ hearts, and they reward such creatures with great power to nurture the black bloom of their wickedness. Cannibalism garners a particularly abhorrent “blessing.” Ravenous creatures are living beings that have eaten the flesh of their own kind and been cursed with a supernatural hunger for more. A ravenous creature must continue to eat the flesh of its own kind or starve to death. Most ravenous creatures welcome this burden because of the power it brings them.

Creating a Ravenous Creature

“Ravenous creature” is an acquired template that can be added to any living, intelligent creature that has eaten the flesh of its own kind (referred to hereafter as the base creature). A ravenous creature uses all the base creature’s statistics and special abilities except as noted here.

Challenge Rating: Same as the base creature +1.

Alignment: Usually chaotic evil.

Attack: The ravenous creature retains all the base creature’s attacks, and its weapon and armor proficiencies. These attacks retain the same primary or secondary status they had for the base creature. If the base creature possesses at least one mouth but has no natural attack with it, the ravenous creature gains a secondary bite attack with each mouth.

Damage: If the ravenous creature gained bite or claw attacks from the application of this template, the base damage for each is as given on the following table.

Size Bite Base Damage
Diminutive 1
Tiny 1d2
Small 1d3
Medium 1d4
Large 1d6
Huge 1d8
Gargantuan 2d6
Colossal 2d8

Special Attacks

The ravenous creature retains all the base creature’s special attacks and gains those described here.

Hungry Special Attacks (Ex)

Any creature of the same kind as the ravenous creature takes a –2 penalty on saving throws against the ravenous creature’s spells and special attacks.

Special Qualities

The ravenous creature retains all the base creature’s special qualities and gains those described here.

Ageless (Ex)

A ravenous creature does not age.

Cannibalistic Healing (Ex)

So long as the ravenous creature has fed upon the flesh of its own kind within the last 24 hours, it has fast healing 10. Feeding on a creature of its own kind that was killed within the last hour heals all ability damage and ability drain the ravenous creature has taken.

Damage Reduction (Ex)

The ravenous creature gains damage reduction 5/—.

Darkvision (Ex)

A ravenous creature has darkvision to a range of 60 feet.

Favored Prey (Ex)

A ravenous creature gains a +2 bonus on damage rolls against creatures of its own type (i.e.; humanoid) and a +2 bonus on Bluff, Perception, Sense Motive and Survival checks when using these skills against creatures of this type. Against a creature of its own kind (its specific race), each of the bonuses increases to +4.

Low-Light Vision (Ex)

A ravenous creature can see twice as far as a human in moonlight, starlight, torchlight, and other conditions of poor lighting.

Ravenous Body (Su)

A ravenous creature can eat other food, but only the flesh of its own kind satiates its hunger. It must feed upon the flesh of a creature of its own kind at least once every three days or it suffers the effects of starvation, as outlined in the Core Rulebook. When the ravenous creature’s nonlethal damage due to starvation equals its Constitution score, it dies.

Sprint (Ex)

Once per hour, a ravenous creature can move at ten times its normal speed when it makes a charge.


Abilities: Increase from the base creature as follows: Str +6, Dex +4, Con +4.

Skills: A ravenous creature has a +4 bonus on Escape Artist, Intimidate, and Stealth checks, and a +8 bonus on Acrobatics, Climb, Perception and Survival checks.

Feats: A ravenous creature gains Blind-Fight, Improved Grapple, and Improved Unarmed Strike as bonus feats if the base creature does not already have them.

Organization: Same as the base creature or solitary.

Ravenous Characters

A ravenous character favors whichever class the base creature does.