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Mantikhoras

Large monstrosity, unaligned

Armor Class 17 (natural armor)
Hit Points 57 (6d10 + 24)
Speed 60 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
20 (+5) 15 (+2) 19 (+4) 7 (-2) 12 (+1) 9 (-1)

Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities poisoned
Skills Perception +5, Stealth +6
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 15
Languages
Challenge 9 (5,000 XP)

Special Traits

  • Keen Smell. The mantikhoras has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on smell.
  • Mimicry. The mantikhoras can mimic any sounds it has heard, including voices. A creature that hears the sounds can tell they are imitations with a successful DC 17 Wisdom (Insight) check.
  • Pounce. If the mantikhoras moves at least 20 feet straight toward a creature and then hits it with a claw attack on the same turn, that target must succeed on a DC 17 Strength saving throw or be knocked prone. If the target is prone, the mantikhoras can make one bite attack against it as a bonus action.
  • Tail Spike Regrowth. The mantikhoras has twenty-four tail spikes. Used spikes regrow when the mantikhoras finishes a long rest.

Actions

  • Multiattack. The mantikhoras makes three attacks: one with its bite, one its claws, and one with its sting, or three with its tail spikes.
  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 9 (1d8 + 5) piercing damage.
  • Claws. Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 12 (2d6 + 5) slashing damage.
  • Sting. Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 10 (1d10 + 5) piercing damage, and the target must make a DC 16 Constitution saving throw, taking 22 (4d10) poison damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.
  • Tail Spike. Ranged Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, range 50/100 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d8 + 2) piercing damage, and the target must make a DC 16 Constitution saving throw, taking 22 (4d10) poison damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.

About

This monstrosity is as big as the largest lion, of a red color like cinnabar, and shaggy like a dog. Its face is not that of a wild beast but of a man, and it has three rows of teeth set in its upper jaw and three in the lower; these are exceedingly sharp and larger than the fangs of a hound. Its ears also resemble a man’s except that they are larger and shaggy; its eyes are blue-gray and they too are like a man’s, but its feet and claws are those of a lion. To the end of its tail is attached the stinger of a scorpion and the tail has stings at intervals on either side.

A typical mantikhoras is about 10 feet long and weighs about 1,000 pounds. The mantikhoras’ scorpion-like tail contains a sting more than a foot long at the end. It has other stings on each side of its tail. If is attacked from a distance, it sets up its tail in front and discharges its stings as if from a bow; if attacked from behind, it straightens it out and launches its stings in a direct line to the distance of a hundred feet. The stings are about a foot long and about as thick as a small rush.

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