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The zombie template says the creature loses all of it's special attacks, but the only special attack listed under the purple worm is its Swallow Whole ability.
I thought that it would keep its poison, but later found out that poison is listed as a special attack in the Universal Monster Rules.
So my question is this: Is poison (and other similar abilities) ALWAYS considered a special attack? Or only when they are listed under the Special Attack entry?
Zombie CR is a function of HD so that makes it pretty clear the base creature shouldn't case huge fluctuations in lethality. The GM should error on the side of caution and common sense before letting a critter keep too much of it's original package.
Are you seriously thinking the moving corpse of a purple worm should keep making more poison?
Logic is about finding the implications and consequences of an original assumption.
Assuming there is a giant zombie worm, would it still have poison?
I would say that the intent of the rules is that the worm loses poison, and that it should have had poison listed under special attacks in the first place.
I would rule that poison require an organic living tissue to produce poison. undead can't do that.
come to think about it.... Ghouls got paralysis venom bite, no ?
Well, in theory, the bite of a purple worm zombie could still be venomous if it hasn't used up all it's venom yet. So on it's first bite attack, maybe.
The poison is in its tail sting, not its bite.
I think people are getting too caught up on fluff. Unlike things like regeneration, there is nothing that states undead can't generate and use poison.
Special Qualities: A zombie loses most special qualities of the base creature. It retains any extraordinary special qualities that improve its melee or ranged attacks. A zombie gains the following special quality.
Sting—injury; save Fortitude DC 25; frequency 1/round for 6 rounds; effect 1d4 Strength damage; cure 3 consecutive saves. The save DC is Constitution-based.
A creature with this ability can poison those it attacks. The effects of the poison, including its save, frequency, and cure, are included in the creature’s description. The saving throw to resist a poison is usually a Fort save (DC 10 + 1/2 the poisoning creature’s racial HD + the creature’s Con modifier; the exact DC is given in the creature’s descriptive text). Poisons can be removed through neutralize poison and similar effects.
Format: Poison Name (Ex) Sting—injury; save Fort DC 22, frequency 1/round for 6 rounds, effect 1d4 Con, cure 2 consecutive saves; Location: Special Attacks and individual attacks.
I've italicized the parts that could be read as supporting a poisonous purple worm zombie, and bolded those that denounce it. The DC of a proposed zombie purple worm venom would be 17, just for giggles.
The language between special attacks/special abilities/ and special qualities is murky here.
Heres a good example, Cyclops have flash of insight under SQ. The (kingmaker spoiler)
Edit: After a little research I found that they are actually
So your guess is as good as mine now. =/
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