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Zombie Whale, Bad Idea. 
9th-Nov-2004 05:14 am
leonal
Last night I underestimated what the powers of a simple zombie template could do to a cachalot whale and my party nearly died (had I not fudged a lot of its stats down halfway through the battle). These are level five characters fighting from a ship that still miraculously floats. But once converted, the whale had an AC of 27. I didn't convert its attack bonuses, but I believe thye'd be higher than its living counterpart, whihc is a +17 to hit with its bite attack for 4d6+12 damage. The bastard had 24 HD, all d12s. Sadly, the party has only a bard for an arcane spellcaster and the cleric was absent.

Just a word of warning for anyone who thinks a little zombie template is just a way to spice the game up.
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9th-Nov-2004 11:46 am (UTC)
Well, the zombie template does say it can't be applied to monsters with more than 10 hit dice. :)

Assuming you could apply it, I only see an AC of 23 according to the template too, the base 16 of the whale plus +7 for being a gargantuan zombie which isn't quite as bad. It's BAB would be +12, with its strength bonus of +12 as well that is +24 which is pretty darn good, it probably hits with almost every attack against players at level 5... :)

Anyhow, with the single action only it seems like the players should be able to sail the ship away and plink the thing to death with ranged attacks as they chase it...
9th-Nov-2004 01:15 pm (UTC)
zombies get only a partial action each round... the whale has a 40 movement... if the PC's can just keep out of it's range, the zombie can't get a hit on them...
9th-Nov-2004 02:27 pm (UTC)
Applying the template does raise the CR. That could probably be taken into consideration when designing an encounter.
10th-Nov-2004 06:08 am (UTC)
Funny. Last night, our party came across a rotting zombied dragon in an underground keep. We are all currently level 3 characters. It wasn't a must-fight encounter... We knew he was there, and he didn't know about us.

The three female players (myself included) all wanted to take their characters back down another path, and evade the dragon completely because we knew good and well that this guy was WAAAAY out of our league. The 2 guys in the party, however, sat there for 30 minutes debating how to kill it and get the experience points. **Shakes head** Fortunately, we convinced them to move along and not get us ALL killed.
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