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I discovered that mimics have a natural adhesive, but I have a lot of issues about how it actually works.

A mimic exudes a thick slime that acts as a powerful adhesive, holding fast any creatures or items that touch it. An adhesive-covered mimic automatically grapples any creature it hits with its slam attack. Opponents so grappled cannot get free while the mimic is alive without removing the adhesive first.[...] A mimic can dissolve its adhesive at will, and the substance breaks down 5 rounds after the creature dies.

  • What happens if the opponents try grapple checks to escape, do they fail automatically?

  • Is the mimic considered grappled?

  • Can the mimic keep on attacking other creatures with its slam attack?

  • How many creatures can the mimic grapple at once?

  • edit: what kind of action is "dissolving its adhesive"?

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I realised just now that your first bullet point is ambiguous. When you ask about opponents trying grapple checks, are you asking what happens if someone initiates a grapple against a mimic, or are you asking what happens if someone tries to escape a grapple the mimic initiated? –  SevenSidedDie Feb 8 at 0:21
@SevenSidedDie fixed! And I also added a bullet point that I forgot –  Cristol.GdM Feb 8 at 0:29

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  • This one's pretty clear. Opponents so grappled cannot get free while the mimic is alive without removing the adhesive first.

  • There is no reason to consider the mimic grappled. While normally initiating a grapple causes you to also gain the grappled condition, this is not the mimic grappling normally. Rather, it is an ability the mimic has that simply inflicts the grappled condition on others. If the mimic did grapple normally using a grapple maneuver, then it would gain the grappled condition.

  • Yes. In fact, it could do this even if it did have the grappled condition. Being grappled places no restrictions on who you can attack.

  • There's no RAW limitation on the number of creatures that can get stuck to the mimic at a time. If they can reach it and touch it, they can be grappled by it.

So how do you remove the adhesive? Per the Adhesive ability:

Strong alcohol or universal solvent dissolves the adhesive

Per the description for universal solvent:

This substance has the unique property of being able to dissolve sovereign glue, tanglefoot bags, and all other adhesives. Applying the solvent is a standard action.

By extension, applying "strong alcohol" should take the same type of action.

And what can the mimic do? On the mimic's turn, it must roll CMB if it wishes to move, damage one of the creatures it has grappled (with a grapple check, rather than a standard attack), or pin one of the creatures it has grappled. Normally, if it failed this roll, the creature would break free. The adhesive ability clearly prevents that, so instead nothing happens. As stated earlier, it can also attack normally if it wishes.

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I realised I was answer from a d20 SRD reading not a PRD reading, so I've deleted my answer. However, I maintain that the mimic is grappled is correct: "An adhesive-covered mimic automatically grapples" is not saying that it merely inflicts the grappled condition directly, it is saying that it grapples. The "automatically" doesn't alter what state follows, only how the state is brought about. –  SevenSidedDie Feb 8 at 0:37
@SevenSidedDie is correct - the ability does not explicitly state that the Mimic isn't grappled. No, it doesn't make sense. Welcome to RAW. –  Lord_Gareth Feb 8 at 1:12
It does not explicitly state that it is grappled either, is what I'm saying. In the end, as usual, it's up to the GM to decide. –  Eric B Feb 8 at 4:55
It doesn't actually have to. That's part of grappling; the mimic 'automatically grapples' and becomes grappled as a normal part of grappling. –  Lord_Gareth Feb 8 at 15:43

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