The skeleton locked within rattles as this animated cage lurches forward on chain legs in search of new prisoners.
Animated Object CR 3
N Medium construct
Init +0; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception –5
AC 14, touch 10, flat-footed 12 (+4 natural)
hp 36 (3d10+20)
Fort +1, Ref +1, Will –4
Defensive Abilities hardness 5 (or more); Immune construct traits
Speed 30 ft.
Melee slam +5 (1d6+3)
Str 14, Dex 10, Con —, Int —, Wis 1, Cha 1
Base Atk +3; CMB +5; CMD 15
SQ construction points
Organization solitary, pair, or group (3–12)
Construction Points Animated objects have a number of Construction Points (CP) used to purchase abilities and defenses in addition to those presented above. A medium animated object has 2 CP; differently sized objects have CP totals as detailed on the size chart on this page. If an animated object spends more CP than its size category would allow, its CR increases by 1 (minimum of +1) for every 2 additional CP spent.
Additional Attack (Ex, 1 CP): Gains an additional slam attack.
Additional Movement (Ex, 1 CP): Gains a new mode of movement (burrow, climb, fly [clumsy], or swim) at a speed equal to its base speed.
Constrict (Ex, 1 CP): Gains constrict with its slam attacks (the object must have grab before it can take this ability).
Faster (Ex, 1 CP): One of the object's movement modes increases by +10 ft.
Grab (Ex, 1 CP): Gains grab special attack with slam attacks.
Metal (Ex, 2 CP): The object is made of common metal. Its hardness increases to 10, and it gains a +2 increase to its natural armor bonus. Mithral objects cost 4 CP, and gain hardness 15 plus a +4 increase to natural armor. Adamantine objects cost 6 CP, gain hardness 20, and receive a +6 increase to natural armor.
Stone (Ex, 1 CP): The object is made of stone or crystal. Its hardness increases to 8 and it gains a +1 increase to its natural armor bonus.
An animated object is not simply one monster, but a whole category. The stats presented here are for a Medium animated object (with 2 CP that have not been spent to gain additional abilities), but any object can become animated, most commonly via the spell animate objects. Permanent animated objects can be built using the Craft Construct feat. Unless an animated object uses a Construction Point to be made of another material, all animated objects are made of wood or material of equivalent hardness. Creating an animated object of a different size than Medium can be done simply by adjusting the object's size (and thus adjusting its Strength, Dexterity, natural armor bonus, and size modifier to attack and AC as detailed on page 296) and Hit Dice.