Friday, June 29, 2018

Frightful Fridays! Blitz Bulette (Zappity Zap Lightning Death)

Hello and welcome to another Frightful Fridays! I am continuing to shuffle elemental bulettes in with other monsters, and this week I'm turning my attention to the air elemental-infused bulette. The alternate name comes from one of my Patreon patrons (I haven't brought this up in a while, but here is the link: https://www.patreon.com/FrightfulFridays), and I think it's reasonably appropriate. It basically takes on the form of a living lightning bolt to blast multiple foes near simultaneously.

I hope you enjoy the blitz bulette, and I'll see you next week with another monster. Thanks for reading!

Electric sparks fly from the hazy outline of this blindingly yellow bulette. The creature seems to only stand in one place for a millisecond before shifting itself several feet.
Blitz Bulette      CR 17
XP 102,400
N Huge magical beast
Init +13; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, tremorsense 60 ft.; Perception +24
DEFENSE
AC 32, touch 18, flat-footed 22 (+9 Dex, +1 dodge, +14 natural, 2 size)
hp 262 (21d10+147)
Fort +19, Ref +21, Will +9
Defensive Abilities improved evasion, improved uncanny dodge, whirling mind; Immune electricity; Resist fire 10
OFFENSE
Speed 60 ft.
Melee bite +28 (2d8+5 plus 6d6 electricity), 2 claws +28 (2d6+5 plus 4d6 electricity)
Space 15 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks lightning charge
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 21st; concentration +20)
   Constant—blur, freedom of movement
STATISTICS
Str 21, Dex 29, Con 24, Int 3, Wis 14, Cha 8
Base Atk +21; CMB +32; CMD 48 (52 vs. trip)
Feats Acrobatic Steps, Agile Maneuvers, Combat Reflexes, Dodge, Greater Spring Attack[UW], Improved Initiative, Improved Spring Attack[UW], Mobility, Nimble Moves, Skill Focus (Acrobatics), Spring Attack, Weapon Finesse[B]
Skills Acrobatics +28 (+40 to jump), Perception +24; Racial Modifiers +8 Perception
ECOLOGY
Environment temperate plains
Organization solitary or pair
Treasure none
SPECIAL ABILITIES
Lightning Charge (Ex) Three times per day, a blitz bulette can take a special charge action, allowing it to move up to four times its speed and not in a straight line. To target a creature, the bulette must move into its space, and it deals 8d6 points of electricity damage when it does so. Targeted creatures can make an attack of opportunity at a 4 penalty. If targets forgo an attack of opportunity, they can attempt to avoid the bulette and receive a DC 27 Reflex save to take half damage. A bulette must wait 1d4 rounds before using this ability again. The save DC is Constitution-based.
When a blitz bulette uses this ability and moves at least 40 feet in a straight line, it creates the equivalent of a wall of fire along the entire distance it moves in a straight line. It creates a wall for every applicable straight line it moves while using this ability.
Whirling Mind (Ex) A blitz bulette cannot maintain a particular train of thought. If it fails a Will save against a charm or compulsion spell or effect, it can attempt a new Will save against the spell or effect at the beginning of its turn with a cumulative +2 bonus on its Will save.

Blitz bulettes are infused with elemental energies from the Plane of Air, most notably the lightning that arcs throughout the plane. They retain the predatory natures of ordinary bulettes, and eat considerably more than their mundane counterparts, if only to fuel their tireless dashes through the plains where they hunt. Thunderous booms in clear skies announce the presence of blitz bulettes, and they are never capable of sneaking up on prey. However, they move at such a rapid pace, they can leap upon prey before their targets are fully aware of what is transpiring. During combat, blitz bulettes never remain in one location, and they often move at least 5 feet or bounce among their opponents, biting or slashing them as they go. They can also turn themselves into a near-literal stroke of lightning, allowing them to arc between foes and electrocute them. This constant movement makes it difficult to pinpoint their exact location, and the bulettes resist most attempts to restrain them, including magical means. Rumors speak of blitz bulettes being forced to stop moving utterly and dying seconds later in an explosion of lightning due to the strain on their bodies.

Blitz bulettes measure 20 feet in length and are thinner than typical bulettes, only weighing 1,000 pounds. They are short-lived, with their metabolisms typically burning out after 30 years.

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