Foolish Monsters, In April

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Every now and then, someone makes a typo and realizes that they’ve accidentally created a pun or joke so bad that they must immediately drop it into their team’s work chat, triggering a wave of snickering from some corner of the office. Whenever it sounds like a monster (or something else you wouldn’t want to see in a dungeon), we’ve offhandedly said “add it to the April Fool’s Bestiary.” But surely, we’d never actually stat them up and put them into a blog or some other format for them to run rampant on the internet, right? Well, against our better judgement, here are a few of the monsters that didn’t quite make the cut for Bestiaries or Alien Archives, born of typos, inside jokes, or meetings that started before the coffee pot was quite done brewing.

James Case
Organized Play Developer


Blarghest (2)Creature 2

When a writer has run up against a particularly tough bit of text, they sometimes let out that most cathartic and universally understood of all sounds... “blargh”. When too many such sighs are uttered at a single desk, they can form into a beast that seeks to bring apathy to all it sees, as long as it doesn’t seem like too much work.


CE, Medium, Fiend
Perception +10; darkvision, scent (imprecise) 30 feet
Languages Abyssal, Common, Goblin
Skills Deception +9, Diplomacy +7, Intimidation +9, Stealth +8, Survival +7
Str +4, Dex +2, Con +2, Int +1, Wis +1, Cha +3


AC 18; Fort +8, Ref +10, Will +7
HP 30; Immunities emotion; Resistances fire 3, physical 3 (except magical)
Slack of Opportunity [reaction] Trigger A creature targets the blarghest with a hostile action; Effect The blarghest rolls its eyes and sighs, imposing a deep sense of... blargh... upon the attacker. The attacker must attempt a DC 18 Will save; on a failure, it decides its action is too much work and the triggering action is lost. On a critical failure, the creature is also overcome with lethargy, becoming stunned until the start of its next turn


Speed 15 feet
Melee [one-action] jaws +11, Damage 1d8+4 piercing
Melee [one-action] claw +11 (agile), Damage 1d6+4 slashing
Divine Innate Spells DC 18, attack +10; 1st charm, command; Cantrips (1st) message, prestidigitation
Consider Shape [one-action] (concentrate, mental) The blarghest thinks about taking on the shape of a goblinoid (a goblin, hobgoblin, or bugbear) or a wolf, but it ultimately decides that actually doing so is too much work.
Placeholder [two-actions] The blarghest shouts “Blargh!” to produce the effects of any cantrip that has a verbal component. This action gains the traits of that spell

Lyz Liddell
Designer



DemomCreature 3

Demoms are the mothers that birthed all demons. All creatures that know of demoms simultaneously love and fear them. They seem to never sleep, lying in wait for unsuspecting targets to stay out too late or make poor life choices. It is said that demoms can cook a mean green-bean casserole.


CE, Medium, Demon, Fiend
Perception +15; darkvision, true seeing
Languages Abyssal, Common; telepathy 100 feet (knows what you’re thinking)
Skills Diplomacy +7, Intimidation +8, Medicine +10, Stealth +8
Str +3, Dex +1, Con +0, Int +0, Wis +4, Cha +1


AC 19; Fort +12, Ref +9, Will +7
HP 50; Immune disease, excuses, mental, sleep; Resistances cold 10, electricity 10, fire 10
Maternal Aura (aura) 50 feet. All creatures who have a tragic backstory in which they’ve lost their parents take a –4 penalty to all Will saves as they are suddenly overcome with feelings of maternal love.
Shut It [reaction] Trigger A creature targets the demom with a hostile spell that has a verbal component.
Effect The demom says, “Don’t talk back to me!” The caster must attempt a DC 18 Will save; on a failure, it promptly shuts its mouth and stares at the ground contemplating how it doesn’t deserve this.


Speed 30 feet
Melee [one-action] hug +10, Damage 2d4+4 bludgeoning
Ranged [one-action] stern look +10, Damage 1d10+3 fire
Ground Target [three-actions] The demom narrows its eyes at a target and declared “You’re grounded!” The target creature must attempt a DC 18 Will save; on a failure, it must lay down its weapons, set up camp, and sit in its tent.
There, There [one-action] (mental, emotion, healing) Requirements The demom has a creature grabbed. Effect The demom embraces the creature and pats its back soothingly as it whispers reassurances, restoring 10 Hit Points to the creature.

Joan Hong
Customer Service Representative



CacaodaemonCreature 1

A cacaodaemon appears at first glance to be an ordinary cacao pod, burnt-red in color and shaped like a football. But don’t let the promise of a sweet treat fool you—what looks like a crack in the rind is really a hideous maw filled with dozens of craggy, brown nib teeth. However, when extracted and roasted, the teeth are actually quite delicious.


NE, Tiny, Daemon, Fiend
Perception +2
Languages Common, Daemonic; telepathy 100 feet
Skills Deception +7 (+10 to appear as an inanimate object), Nature +3, Religion +4, Stealth +5
Str +3, Dex +1, Con +4, Int –2, Wis +0, Cha +1


AC 16; Fort +10, Ref +7, Will +4
HP 22; Immunities death effects; Resistances bludgeoning +2
Aromatic When a cacaodaemon is reduced to half its HP, the ruptures to its rind exude a fragrant tropical scent. Creatures within 10 feet of the cacaodaemon take a –1 circumstance penalty to Will saving throws until the cacaodaemon dies or is healed above half its HP.


Speed 5 feet, fly 40 feet
Melee [one-action] nib teeth +9, Damage 1d6+3 piercing plus bitter heart
Bitter Heart (poison) The dissonance between the cacaodaemon’s sweet scent and bitter inside drains the victim’s spirit; Saving Throw DC 17 Fortitude; Maximum Duration 6 rounds; Stage 1 1d8 mental damage and flat-footed (1 round); Stage 2 1d8 mental damage and stupefied 1(1 round); Stage 3 1d12 mental damage and stupefied 2 (1 round)

Avi Kool
Editor



SKITTERGOBLIN DECKCUTTERCR 3

In response to the Gap, a cosmic event that erased memories and records across the planes, the multiverse reflexively attempted to rectify the countless paradoxes and uncertainties like a blind surgeon stapling flesh. Among the results were skittergoblins, amalgams of several impetuously innovative humanoids that combine goblins’ destructive curiosity with skittermanders’ compulsive drive to help out. The boldest of these creatures (known as deckcutters) haplessly learn how to bridge time and space, tumbling through infinite realities where even the underlying multiverse’s mechanics vary wildly—and in rare cases drawing bystanders into these alien realms.

XP 800
CN Small humanoid
Init +3; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +8

DefenseHP 32

EAC 13; KAC 14
Fort +2; Ref +4; Will +6

OFFENSE


Speed30 ft.
Melee dogslicer +5 (1d4+4 S)
Ranged card +7 (1d4+3 S; critical wound)
Offensive Abilities three-action gambit
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 3rd)
1/day—plane shift 3/day—shifting surgeCOM

STATISTICS


Str +1; Dex +3; Con +0; Int +1; Wis +0; Cha +4
Skills Acrobatics +8, Mysticism +13, Stealth +8
Languages Common, Goblin, Vesk
Other Abilities multiarmed (6)

ECOLOGY


Environment any land
Organization solitary, pair, or shuffle (3–6)

SPECIAL ABILITIES


Card Shark (Ex) A skittergoblin deckcutter transforms playing cards into deadly weapons, treating them as special one-handed weapons with a range of 20 feet, the wound critical hit effect, and the analog, operative, quick reload, and thrown special weapon properties.
Supernatural Scramble (Su) For brief moments, a skittergoblin can follow the rules of other realities to perform awesome feats, often causing others to perceive ephemeral afterimages. Once per day before attempting a Strength- or Dexterity-based skill check, a skittergoblin can use its Mysticism modifier in place of its normal bonus.
Three-Action Gambit (Su) Once per day when making a full attack, a skittergoblin can make up to three attacks instead of two attacks. Instead of these attacks taking a –4 penalty, the first attack takes a –2 penalty, the second attack takes a –4 penalty, and the third attack takes a –6 penalty. If the skittergoblin has another ability that allows them to make three or more attacks, the skittergoblin takes reduces the attack penalties for three-action gambit by 1.

John Compton
Starfinder Senior Developer



SquirrelwindCreature 10

Few phenomena are as feared as the deadly squirrelwind. The exact nature of squirrelwinds is a subject of some debate; many scholars believe they are intentionally created by vengeful druids, while others believe they are a bizarre but natural phenomenon created when a tornado touches down in an area rich in both magical energy and heavily populated in squirrels. Despite their deadly and destructive nature and reputation, squirrelwinds are responsible for surprisingly few casualties outside of plants and wildlife, as their chittering can be heard for miles around.

N, Large, Air, Animal, Elemental
Perception +19; darkvision
Skills Acrobatics +22, Stealth +16
Str +6, Dex +7, Con +3, Int +0, Wis +3, Cha +0


AC 32; Fort +15, Ref +23, Will +17
HP 130; Immunities paralyzed, poison, precision, sickened, sleep, swarm mind; Resistances physical 10
Chittering (aura, auditory) 60 feet. The chitters of wind-buffeted squirrels disrupts the senses, making air and ground within the emanation difficult terrain for all creatures that hear the sound.


Speed fly 75 feet; swiftness
Melee [one-action] gust +22 (finesse, reach 20 feet), Damage 2d12+10 bludgeoning plus Push 10 feet
Ranged [one-action] squirrel +22 (deadly 1d10, thrown, range increment 30 feet, versatile S), Damage 2d4+10 bludgeoning
Squirrel Surge [one-action] (flourish) Each enemy within the squirrelwind’s chittering aura takes 1d8 slashing damage.
Swiftness The squirrelwind’s movement doesn’t trigger reactions.

Michael Sayre
Pathfinder Society Developer



WeredigoCreature 15

The weredigo, a relative of the wendigo, is a monstrosity that lurks in the shadows of large cities where the options for fine dining are overwhelming. When a group of indecisive adventurers reaches a culinary crossroads and can't decide which tavern to peruse for post-dungeon drinks, a weredigo is destined to appear and put these foolish foodies out of their misery. The monster gets its name from the last words uttered by its victims, who continue to ponder their gastronomical dilemma even in death: "Where to go, where to go..."

Uncommon, CN, Large, Beast
Perception +29; darkvision, hungersight
Languages Aklo, Common, Jotun; telepathy 1 mile
Skills Acrobatics +30, Intimidation +30, Restaurant Lore +31, Society +31
Str +6, Dex +7, Con +8, Int +6, Wis +8, Cha +7
Coven A weredigo adds create food, enhance victuals, and ghoulish cravings to its coven’s spells. In addition, a weredigo, wendigo, and hoodigo coven can perform a unique ritual to enter the dreams of a creature responsible for hosting an upcoming party and curse them incurable planning indecision.
Hungersight (divination, primal) A weredigo can precisely sense peckish creatures.


AC 37; Fort +29, Ref +28, Will +31
HP 280; Immunities indecision; Weaknesses any diner who has a “regular” order; Resistances hunger 20
Speed fly 100 feet


Melee [one-action] jaws +29 (magical, reach 10 feet), Damage 3d10+14 piercing plus weredigo torment
Melee [one-action] fork +29 (agile, reach 10 feet), Damage 3d6+14 piercing plus Grab
Melee [one-action] knife +29 (agile, reach 10 feet), Damage 3d6+14 slashing
Reduce Options [two-actions] Requirements The weredigo is adjacent to two creatures that can’t decide where to get brunch. Effect The weredigo makes two fork Strikes and two knife Strikes against one of the adjacent creatures. These attacks don’t count toward the weredigo’s multiple attack penalty.
Weredigo Torment (curse, enchantment, mental, primal) A creature affected by weredigo torment can’t recover beyond stage 1 until it has been restored to full HP. Saving Throw Will DC 35; Stage 1 Stupefied 4 (1 day); Stage 2 As stage 1 (1 day); Stage 3 The creature becomes permanently afflicted with analysis paralysis, unable to make even the simplest of dining decisions, absentmindedly sipping their water whenever asked for their order.

Patrick Renie
Developer

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Paizo Employee Organized Play Developer

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Yay, monsters!


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Demom is fire, but only cr 3. that's even scarier


Ha!

Y'all are the best.

Grand Lodge

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Thank you for this bit of lightness and joy!

Hmm

Contributor

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I see what you did there, Compton.

Nice work, as well as to everyone who made April Fools' monsters!

Dark Archive

Must....not..... bahahaha!

Sovereign Court

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I guess the squirrelwind is a smaller version of the dreaded squirrelnado. Also not to be confused with the Polar Vortex which is the same thing but with Polar bears.

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Eltanin24 wrote:
I guess the squirrelwind is a smaller version of the dreaded squirrelnado. Also not to be confused with the Polar Vortex which is the same thing but with Polar bears.

in the distance, you hear the ominous sound of a quill against parchment

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Eltanin24 wrote:
I guess the squirrelwind is a smaller version of the dreaded squirrelnado. Also not to be confused with the Polar Vortex which is the same thing but with Polar bears.

The polar vortex will Mess. You. Up.

Squirrelwind just barely edged out the "snowy owlbear" I've been pitching in creative meetings for years. Squirrelwind seemed punnier.


Ha! I love it!

Dark Archive

The Mighty Flumph gazes upon this motley crüe and gives a derisive snort with its noodly appendages.


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By the gods! With a pack Blarghests I could take over the world...

...naw, too much work.

Paizo Employee Webstore Coordinator

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Michael Sayre wrote:
Eltanin24 wrote:
I guess the squirrelwind is a smaller version of the dreaded squirrelnado. Also not to be confused with the Polar Vortex which is the same thing but with Polar bears.

The polar vortex will Mess. You. Up.

Squirrelwind just barely edged out the "snowy owlbear" I've been pitching in creative meetings for years. Squirrelwind seemed punnier.

SNOWY OWLBEAR?! *faints*


Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories, PF Special Edition Subscriber; Starfinder Superscriber

If you don't have a tent, what happens when demom grounds you?


Katina Davis wrote:
Michael Sayre wrote:
Eltanin24 wrote:
I guess the squirrelwind is a smaller version of the dreaded squirrelnado. Also not to be confused with the Polar Vortex which is the same thing but with Polar bears.

The polar vortex will Mess. You. Up.

Squirrelwind just barely edged out the "snowy owlbear" I've been pitching in creative meetings for years. Squirrelwind seemed punnier.

SNOWY OWLBEAR?! *faints*

I'm sorry, maybe I'm missing this, but THERE most definitely is a snowy owlbear in the actual game. And I for one cannot wait to unleash it on the players.

Paizo Employee Starfinder Senior Developer

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For those who want playable skittergoblin statistics for Starfinder, wonder no more:

Skittergoblin:

RACIAL TRAITS
Ability Adjustments: +2 Dex, +2 Cha, –2 Wis
Hit Points: 2
Size and Type: Skittergoblins are Small humanoids with the goblin and skittermander subtypes.
Darkvision: Skittergoblins have darkvision with a range of 60 feet.
Six-Armed: Skittergoblins have six arms, which allows them to wield and hold up to six hands’ worth of weapons and equipment.
Supernatural Scramble: For brief moments, a skittergoblin can follow the rules of other realities to perform awesome feats, often causing others to perceive ephemeral afterimages. Once per day before attempting a Strength- or Dexterity-based skill check, a skittergoblin can use its Mysticism modifier in place of its normal bonus.
Three-Action Gambit: Once per day when making a full attack, a skittergoblin can make up to three attacks instead of two attacks. Instead of these attacks taking a –4 penalty, the first attack takes a –2 penalty, the second attack takes a –4 penalty, and the third attack takes a –6 penalty. If the skittergoblin has another ability that allows them to make three or more attacks, the skittergoblin takes reduces the attack penalties for three-action gambit by 1.
Uncanny Lore: Skittergoblins receive a +2 racial bonus to Mysticism checks.

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J Scot Shady wrote:
Katina Davis wrote:
Michael Sayre wrote:
Eltanin24 wrote:
I guess the squirrelwind is a smaller version of the dreaded squirrelnado. Also not to be confused with the Polar Vortex which is the same thing but with Polar bears.

The polar vortex will Mess. You. Up.

Squirrelwind just barely edged out the "snowy owlbear" I've been pitching in creative meetings for years. Squirrelwind seemed punnier.

SNOWY OWLBEAR?! *faints*
I'm sorry, maybe I'm missing this, but THERE most definitely is a snowy owlbear in the actual game. And I for one cannot wait to unleash it on the players.

They're mentioned as a stat-block-free variant, but I have/had plans. That you get kind of close to if you take both sets of variant adjustments and apply them simultaneously.


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This is great. Thank you!

Lone Shark Games

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I would like to state for the record that I am not the model for the skittergoblin deckcutter.

Dark Archive

Mike Selinker wrote:
I would like to state for the record that I am not the model for the skittergoblin deckcutter.

I don’t believe you.

Shadow Lodge

The weredigo now makes me want a weredingo.

*looks around to see if Nik B is about*

Shadow Lodge

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I would have thought a Weredigo was a monster that could cast invisibility at will.

So, just as you were about to attack it ... Where'd he go?

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

John Compton wrote:

For those who want playable skittergoblin statistics for Starfinder, wonder no more:

** spoiler omitted **

Instigator! ;)

Liberty's Edge

Very cool. Thanks.


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John Compton wrote:

For those who want playable skittergoblin statistics for Starfinder, wonder no more:

** spoiler omitted **

John. Compton. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?


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Skittergoblins exist.

We're all gonna die. So much fire, so much helping. Oh God!

Paizo Employee Organized Play Manager

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NielsenE wrote:
If you don't have a tent, what happens when demom grounds you?

Stay out past curfew and we can find out!


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One of the recent Society scenarios had "shortword" as a weapon for a foe. I told my players the word was "git." Then we had a whole conversation about "striking shortwords" and "precise shortwords."

Silver Crusade RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16

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Speaking of the Skittergoblin Deckcutter...

I couldn't help myself.


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A) Skittergoblin is now best goblin.
B) I will use these monsters. Don't think I won't.

Dark Archive

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Now to convert that Skittergoblin to Pathfinder 2, because I have a player who wants to make it into the PC who has a cannonball act for the circus...


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Michael Sayre wrote:
Eltanin24 wrote:
I guess the squirrelwind is a smaller version of the dreaded squirrelnado. Also not to be confused with the Polar Vortex which is the same thing but with Polar bears.

The polar vortex will Mess. You. Up.

Squirrelwind just barely edged out the "snowy owlbear" I've been pitching in creative meetings for years. Squirrelwind seemed punnier.

Dragon Magazine did a Snowy Owlbear back in the AD&D 2nd Edition days...


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Starfinder Superscriber

Hmmm, no 'flung-slipper' ranged attack for the Demom? Do love that immunity to excuses though.

Paizo Employee Organized Play Manager

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cartmanbeck wrote:

Speaking of the Skittergoblin Deckcutter...

I couldn't help myself.

*pulls out her best Demom*

Now there...

Paizo Employee Front-End Engineering Lead

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Michael Sayre wrote:
Squirrelwind just barely edged out the "snowy owlbear" I've been pitching in creative meetings for years. Squirrelwind seemed punnier.

How about an "elf owlbear"? Tiny, lives in holes in cacti, resistant to sleep and charm and ghoul paralysis for some reason?


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I love how we know these are jokes yet we genuinely see their use in game.


Don't forget the Doritos and Mountain Dew monsters from back in the magazine days...

I know what I want for my avatar!


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I didn't know I wanted skittergoblins until now

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thecursor wrote:
I love how we know these are jokes yet we genuinely see their use in game.

Yep, simple, what’s the difference between nonsense and fantasy? Want and use.


Is the skittergobling deckcutter to be canon in a future?

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

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LuisCarlos17Fe wrote:
Is the skittergobling deckcutter to be canon in a future?

None of these are canon. Also, use the First Rule and make your game you own.


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The story behind the blarghest is much too relatable , LOL.


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Aaron Shanks wrote:
LuisCarlos17Fe wrote:
Is the skittergobling deckcutter to be canon in a future?
None of these are canon. Also, use the First Rule and make your game you own.

Oh, Aaron...you don't know annoying I can be with my letters and blogging endless begging.

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

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thecursor wrote:
Aaron Shanks wrote:
LuisCarlos17Fe wrote:
Is the skittergobling deckcutter to be canon in a future?
None of these are canon. Also, use the First Rule and make your game you own.
Oh, Aaron...you don't know annoying I can be with my letters and blogging endless begging.

Oh wait, you said "a future" not "the future." In some future, somewhen, they might be canon. Someone's canon. And perhaps a witchwarper might access that alternity. Especially on, or perhaps only on, April 1, February 29, or October 31...


Where'd you come from, Weredigo?

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