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Ooze, Black Pudding (Elder)

Huge ooze, unaligned

Armor Class 8
Hit Points 147 (14d12 + 56)
Speed 20 ft., climb 20 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
18 (+4) 7 (–2) 18 (+4) 3 (–4) 9 (–1) 1 (–5)

Damage Resistances bludgeoning and piercing from nonmagical attacks
Damage Immunities acid, cold, lightning, slashing
Condition Immunities blinded, charmed, deafened, exhaustion, frightened, prone
Senses blindsight 60 ft. (blind beyond this radius), passive Perception 9
Languages
Challenge 9 (5,000 XP)

Special Traits

  • Amorphous. The pudding can move through a space as narrow as 1 inch wide without squeezing.
  • Corrosive Form. A creature that touches the pudding or hits it with a melee attack while within 5 feet of it takes 9 (2d8) acid damage. Any nonmagical weapon made of metal or wood (or other organic material) that hits the pudding partly dissolves. After hitting the pudding, the weapon takes a permanent and cumulative –1 to damage rolls. If its penalty drops to –5, the weapon is destroyed. Nonmagical ammunition made of metal or wood (or other organic material) that hits the pudding is destroyed after dealing damage. The pudding can eat through 4-inch thick, nonmagical metal or wood (or other organic material) in 1 round.
  • Spider Climb. The pudding can climb difficult surfaces, including upside down and ceilings, without needing to make an ability check.

Actions

  • Multiattack. The pudding makes two Pseudopod attacks.
  • Pseudopod. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 9 (1d10 + 4) bludgeoning damage plus 18 (4d8) acid damage. In addition, nonmagical armor worn by the target is partly dissolved and takes a permanent and cumulative –1 to the AC it offers. The armor is destroyed if the penalty reduces its AC to 10.

Reactions

  • Split. When a pudding that is Medium or larger is exposed to lightning or slashing damage, it splits into two new puddings if it has at least 10 hit points. Each new pudding has hit points equal to half the original pudding’s, rounded down. New puddings are one size smaller than the original pudding.

About

Black puddings are the scavengers of the underworld, constantly on the lookout for a meal. They can sense organic or metallic objects within 60 feet and mindlessly attack such items or beings until they are dissolved or the ooze is killed. A black pudding reproduces by breaking off a piece of its body and forming a new, smaller black pudding, which grows to full size in 1 month’s time. Some of the more intelligent creatures in the underworld use black puddings as natural garbage disposals, creating stone pits to house the pudding and throwing organic refuse or foes in as needed.

Larger specimens of black puddings have been encountered in the deepest parts of the world, with Gargantuan individuals having up to 30 HD. Other colored puddings are rumored to exist, with white ones living in the arctic, brown ones living in swamps, and tan ones living in deserts.

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City of Brass ©2018 Frog God Games; Authors: Casey Christofferson and Scott Greene