Urath DM wrote:
"Necro-ing" a thread this old is somewhat frowned upon, even if not forbidden. And one reason for that might be that...
The posts earlier in this thread refer to stats from D&D 3.5 for the Aboleth and the Large Shark... which are somewhat different from those of the Pathfinder versions you are referring to.
D&D 3.5 Large Shark: 38 hp; AC 15; Bite +7 (1d8+4)
D&D 3.5 Aboleth: 76 hp; AC 16; 4 tentacles +12 (1d6+8 plus slime)
Pathfinder Shark: 22hp; AC 14; Bite +5 (1d8+4)
Pathfinder Aboleth: 84 hp; AC 20; 4 tentacles +10 (1d6+5 plus slime)
Large Sharks were much more of a threat to the Aboleth in 3.5 than they are in Pathfinder. Generally, summoned creatures are expected to be more of a nuisance or distraction than a true threat to the enemy, but in the case of the D&D Aboleth vs a D&D Large Shark, that's not so much the case.
I may never understand why some people hate thread necro so much. As long as you know what you're talking about what's the problem? I freely admit at least some of the time I don't know what I'm talking about, but that's neither here nor there. :) Thanks for taking the time to reply though Urath, you seem like a cool person.
It may take the Aboleth more recovery time in 3.5, but exactly the same thing would happen.
Even by 3.5 the Aboleth only needs to roll a 3 or better to hit the shark, and does an average of 44 damage each round (average, not maximum), killing one shark per round, which makes the maximum possible damage the sharks can do to the Aboleth (barring any critical hit for both the sharks and the Aboleth) before all 3 are dead a mere 72 damage (this is maximum, not average), meaning the Aboleth's survival is almost guaranteed.
Still, the situation was "1d3 large sharks"... not a specific number. Odds are it would be 2, but could equally well be 1 or 3. If it is 1, the Aboleth could, indeed, take it out in one round.. probably. When talking about averages, the thing to remember is that any specific roll doesn't have to obey them. You can roll high and get a critical hit, or low and miss. There's a 5% base chance of either, on each attack.. and it is possible to roll four 1s or four 20s.
If there was more than 1 shark, then while the Aboleth is working on one, the other(s) is/are working on the Aboleth.
The GM may have reasoned in that case that, if the PCs are going to move on, spending several rounds off-screen to play out the battle might not be the best use of time. That's just a guess, of course, but describing it as the Aboleth fleeing for its life is less of a stretch under 3.5 than under Pathfinder.