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My party is working through Castle Whiterock and we just got clobbered by a group of lions with Goodman Games desiccated template. This template allows for a D6 Con damage on every hit (no save) except if the creatures have immunity to dehydration. Are there items or spells that are available to a party with a 9th level cleric, paladin, and ranger that might provide just that? Pathfinder of D&D 3.X solutions are fine we're pulling material from both.

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Alternately if anyone knows if the desiccated template really allows for straight Con damage on an attack that might be useful to know. – mirv120 Nov 20 '11 at 5:24
Yep! Straight CON damage on every attack. Welcome to first edition feel... – mxyzplk Nov 21 '11 at 5:28
So I did some more research on the Goodman Games board and this is actually incorrect. They omitted the Fort save. I found the book the template was in on DriveThruRPG as a double verify. Part of me was kinda sad that it wasn't actual CON damage but considering how challenging that would make the encounter I'll live (and so will the party!) – mirv120 Nov 21 '11 at 5:54
A lot of water? – DForck42 Nov 21 '11 at 17:21
up vote 5 down vote accepted

There look to be two spells of partial utility in Sandstorm:

Skin of the cactus only prevents non-lethal desiccation damage. Protection from Dehydration (Cleric 3, Druid 2, ranger 2, sor/wis 3, summer 3) does exactly what you want. First line states that it grants immunity to dehydration of any kind (given that that is what the attack does... that's a good start.) And it protects against both dehydration and dessication damage up to 100 points (10/level), without noting what kind of damage.

This is your best bet from traditional sources, and should be sufficiently effective without being overpowered to be allowed.

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