Saturday, August 4, 2012

Beast of the Week: Echidna

Continuing with the Greek Mythology influence, here's another nice little monster to trouble your PCs.  Echidna.  Not the mother of monsters immortal version, but the Argive Echidna, which is a better monster for mere heroic mortals to tackle.  She is a dracaena (female dragon) similar to Scylla.

Armor Class: 0 (20)
Hit Dice: 9**
Move: 90 (30) Fly 240 (80)
Attacks: 2 + gaze
Damage: 1d6+1/1d6+1/charm
No. Appearing: 1d4 (1d4)
Save As: Fighter 9
Morale: 9
Treasure Type: G
Alignment: Chaotic
XP: 2300

Echidna is a fearsome creature, half dragon, half nymph.  The beautiful head and torso of a nymph rests atop the body of a dragon.  Echidna have no breath weapon or bit attack, but they have a gaze attack that can charm as a charm person spell.  An echidna can attempt to charm one target per Round, in addition to attacking with her dragon claws.  Once per day, an echidna may attempt a more powerful charm, acting as a charm monster spell.  The victim takes a -2 penalty on the saving throw against the greater charm.


  1. Hard to equate that with the small, slightly bewildered looking, spiny anteaters we get around here, also called Echidna :)

  2. Yep, me too. Especially after picking one up in my jumper and taking it into the house for the wife to have a hold. Cute little fellas.

  3. I had thought about making a Sonic the Hedgehog game reference, since one of the other characters in the series is an echidna of the small cute kind. :)