Plausible Pseudonym wrote:
More reprint changes:
2. Erodaemon: Better combatant, worse at its seduction and death via heartbreak routine.
Combat changes: bite went up a damage die, strength increased by 2, and it picked up 2d6 sneak attack damage. Picked up combat reflexes (but no reach even with the tail, so why?). Quickened SLA changed from Crushing Despair to Suggestion. Still has 3/day enervation, one of its best tricks.
Out of combat: Detect Thoughts went from constant to at will, which is awful given the manifestations FAQ and that it needs this active to assume the form of a new humanoid and seduce someone as the object of their desire. The quickened suggestion change arguably helps, though.
Best combat play is still to cast Unnatural Lust on a bad will save/low Cha target, take the AoO (if your DM rules it that way) when he tries to kiss the daemon, then free action Wilting Kiss. If it's successful you can teleport a decent distance away to start the Charisma drain for being 30' away and target someone new, if it fails might as well full attack and put some Cha drain on via the tail attack.
Perhaps the reason they switched detect thoughts to at will is because they added the shapechanger subtype, which to me implies the Erodaemon being able to shapeshift at will, instead of only being able to change form with it's Object of Desire ability (The original book of the damned ecology text states they change forms at will for practice when not hunting mortals so I assume the goal of Object of Desire was for the Erodaemon to easily have that knowledge instead of having to have them stalk their victim for a while like a Succubi or Lilitu would have to in this situation). That change would make the Erodaemon more able to play the long game of causing death by heartbreak as well as giving the Daemons a subtle option like the Demons and Devils have. However despite adding the subtype the special qualities line doesn't include change shape so it seems the only thing the Erodaemon can do is change into the form of a person someone lusts after (Amusingly neither the Succubus or the original Lilitu have the shapechanger subtype but both have more shapechanging abilities than the Erodaemon). However since the Erodaemon doesn't have a time limit on Object of Desire so as long as the Erodaemon doesn't attack anyone it can in theory take on a form unrelated to the particular person it is targeting and use this to approach them undetected.
Also the Wilting Kiss does cha damage for some reason. (original did cha drain)
Second side note, the new art for the Erodaemon and the Lilitu are gorgeous.