Family: Roper

Large ravager (devastation), chaotic evil or unaligned

Armor Class 20 (natural armor)
Hit Points 93 (11d10 + 33); Wound Threshold 24
Speed 10 ft., climb 10 ft.

18 (+4) 8 (-1) 17 (+3) 7 (-2) 16 (+3) 6 (-2)

Skills Perception +6, Stealth* +5
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 16
Languages Phantasm
Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)


  • Corrosive Fluids. After dealing a Wound or a critical hit to the roper, the weapon used is covered in corrosive fluids. Any non-magical weapon or armor under this effect, and which is not protected by an appropriate forging technique (such as dwarven forging), becomes fragile (see Adventurers, Equipment, Armory: Damaged Weapons and Armor).
  • False Appearance. While the roper remains motionless, it is indistinguishable from a normal cave formation, such as a stalagmite.


The roper is an ambush hunter. Capable of altering the coloration and shape of its body, a roper in hiding looks remarkably like a stalagmite of stone or ice (or in low-ceilinged chambers, a stony or icy pillar). In areas without such features to hide among, a roper can compress its body into a much more squat, boulder-like shape. The strands it extrudes are not flesh but a thick, semi-liquid material similar to partially melted wax but with the strength of an iron chain and the ability to numb flesh and sap strength. The roper can manipulate these strands with great finesse, and can fling them as far as 50 feet to snatch objects that attract its attention.

Although alien and monstrous in shape, the roper is in fact one of the most intelligent denizens of the deep caverns of the world. They do not form large societies (although ropers can be found living among some deep-dwelling denizens like the intellect devourers or neothelids, with whom they have been known to sometimes ally), but often congregate in small clusters. Particularly interested in the philosophy of life and death and the finer points of the more cruel and sinister religions of the world, a roper can talk or argue for hours with those it initially sought merely to eat. Stories speak of particularly skilled debaters and philosophers who have been kept for days or even years as pets or conversational companions by roper clusters, but in the end, if such pets don’t eventually escape, a roper’s appetite always wins out over its intellectual curiosity—especially in cases where pets are constantly outmaneuvering their keeper’s wits and patience.

A roper is 9 feet tall and weighs 2,200 pounds.

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