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Golem

Source Alien Archive 2 pg. 67
These automatons, created by powerful spellcasters, differ from most robots in that each has an elemental spirit bound within. Properly binding this spirit, which is usually from an earth elemental, is the most important part of creating a golem. As the spirit is only semiconscious, the golem exists in a mindless state and acts only to defend itself or to follow orders from its creator. In some golems, injury causes the elemental spirit to stir in its artificial shell. As it gains awareness, it rages at its imprisonment.

Aliens in the "Golem" Family

NameCR
Cybernetic Golem8
Nanotech Golem14

Golem, Nanotech Golem

Source Alien Archive 2 pg. 67

Nanotech Golem CR 14

XP 38,400
N Large construct (magical, technological)
Init +8; Senses all-around vision, darkvision 60 ft., low.light vision; Perception +25

Defense

HP 250
EAC 29; KAC 29; 47 against combat maneuvers
Fort +12; Ref +16; Will +10
Defensive Abilities regeneration 10 (acid or fire), swarmlike, unflankable; Immunities construct immunities, magic

Offense

Speed 40 ft., fly 40 ft. (Su, perfect)
Melee nanite filament +27 (4d6+20 S or P; critical severe wound [DC 20])
Ranged nanite scattershot +27 (4d12+14 P)
Offensive Abilities nanite cloud

Statistics

STR +6; DEX +8; CON —; INT —; WIS +0; CHA -2
Other Abilities comm, mindless, unliving

Ecology

Environment any
Organization solitary or gang (2–4)

Special Abilities

All-Around Vision (Ex) A nanotech golem sees in all directions at once.

Comm (Ex) A golem can receive wireless communications (and thus commands from its creator) at planetary range.

Magic Immunity (Ex) A cybernetic or nanotech golem is immune to any spell or spell-like ability that allows spell resistance, unless the spell specifically lists constructs in its Targets entry. In addition, certain spells and effects function differently against the golem as follows.
  • The golem can be affected by discharge or greater discharge but has a unique reaction to the spells. If the golem fails a saving throw against either spell, it becomes confused for 1d4 rounds instead of suffering the spell’s normal effect. The golem can attempt a Fortitude save at the end of each of its turns, ending the condition on a success.
  • Magical effects that deal cold damage slow (as the slow spell) the golem for 3 rounds (no save). If the golem has a haste circuit and it is active, this effect counters the haste circuit but has no other effect.
  • The golem automatically fails saving throws against weapons and magical effects that deal electricity damage. However, such an effect merely breaks any slow effect on the golem and heals it for 1 Hit Point per 3 damage the effect would have dealt. Any damage that exceeds the golem’s maximum Hit Points is stored as charges for its weapons, at a rate of 1 charge per Hit Point the golem would have gained. Any additional damage is ignored.
Nanite Cloud (Ex) Nanites swarm within 5 feet of the nanotech golem, and the golem can enter an opponent’s space, provoking an attack of opportunity from that foe. At the end of each of the golem’s turns, each creature within 5 feet of the golem or sharing its space takes 8d6 piercing damage and is nauseated for 1 round. A successful DC 20 Fortitude saving throw halves the damage and negates the condition.

Nanite Scattershot (Ex) As an attack, a nanotech golem can unleash a stream of nanite particles at a single target as a kinetic attack with a range increment of 90 feet.

Swarmlike (Ex) A nanotech golem is immune to critical hits, as well as entangled, flat-footed, off-kilter, off-target, pinned, prone, and staggered effects. It takes only half damage from any attack or effect that targets only one creature. Automatic fire must hit the golem as if it were three targets to deal full damage to it. In addition, the golem can move through openings 1 inch wide without squeezing, and it can squeeze to move through microscopic openings.