2
\$\begingroup\$

I have a Drider that has recently been given the skeletal champion template.

What is the new vision of the creature? Does it retain its 120ft dark vision, or is that lost and replaced with 60ft darkvision of undead?

\$\endgroup\$
1
\$\begingroup\$

Unlike, say, the Shadow Creature template , Skeletal Champion doesn't modify the Senses category, so that remains unchanged. The Undead type says " An undead creature possesses the following traits (unless otherwise noted in a creature’s entry)... ...Darkvision 60 feet." Since a Skeletal Champion Drider would still have "Darkvision 120 feet" in it's entry, it retains that sense.

(A GM might strongly consider ignoring the CR calculation of Skeletal Champion, because, being based on the normal Skeleton CR calculation, it only takes Hit Dice into account and not the retained special attacks or special qualities - probably because normal Skeletons don't retain those the way the Skeletal Champion does. Since it keeps the web special, racial spell-likes, and 6th level casting from Sorcerer, Wizard, or Cleric; the Skeletal Champion Drider's CR should probably be higher than the normal Drider's.)

\$\endgroup\$
2
  • \$\begingroup\$ Hang on. It keeps special abilities? I imagined it would lose any special abilities that were not spell likes or based on mental ability. Given that Web is an EX ability that is based on constitution, and a skeletal champion has no constitution.... \$\endgroup\$
    – Erudaki
    Sep 4 at 16:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Erudaki the Skeletal Champion template doesn't modify the Special Attacks category, unlike the Skeleton template. In the Undead Traits under the Undead type, any special attacks that are based on Constitution use Charisma instead - which affects both Web and the Poison from the SC-Drider's bite. \$\endgroup\$ Sep 5 at 0:34

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.