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Crab, Giant

Giant Crab Creature2

N Medium Animal Aquatic

Senses Perception +8; darkvision

Skills Acrobatics +7, Athletics +8, Stealth +7

Str +4, Dex +3, Con +1, Int -4, Wis +2, Cha -3

AC 19; Fort +7, Ref +9, Will +8

HP 24; Resistances physical 3 (except bludgeoning)

Vulnerable to Prone If a creature critically succeeds on a check to Trip the giant crab, the crab is flipped over onto its back in addition to the usual effects. A giant crab that is flipped onto its back has a particularly hard time defending itself; instead of taking the normal -2 circumstance penalty to AC for being flat-footed, it takes a -4 circumstance penalty to AC.

Scuttle [reaction] Trigger A creature that the giant crab can see targets the crab with an attack; Effect The giant crab scuttles to the side and gains a +2 circumstance bonus to AC against the triggering attack. After the attack resolves, the crab can Stride up to its speed in a straight line as part of the reaction.

Speed 25 feet, swim 15 feet

Melee [one-action] claw +10, Damage 1d10+4 slashing plus Grab

Constrict [one-action] 1d6+4 bludgeoning, DC 18


Crabs are scavenging crustaceans known for their hard shells and iconic sideways gait. They use their claws to defend themselves, hunt, and fight other crabs for territory. When confronted with threats from outside their species, most crabs prefer to flee, but when retreat isn’t possible, they clamp on to their foes as tightly as they can.

These skittering creatures are prized for their delicious meat, but their size makes them dangerous targets for harvesting.

The statistics presented here represent giant crabs that live close to the water’s surface. Crabs that live deeper underwater often exhibit more extreme adaptations to their environment. Crabs who live in the depths where little light reaches gain darkvision and cold resistance, and those adapted to the most hostile reaches of the deep sea can detect nearby creatures through subtle shifts in ocean currents.

Crabs can be found along all of the world’s coastlines, from relatively small creatures like the king crab or the coconut crab, to truly oversized monsters like the great reef crab, shark-eating crab, or the lumbering shipwrecker crab.

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