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Template Grafts | Universal Monster Rules


Summoning Grafts

Summoning grafts are applied to the base elemental stat blocks listed on pages 46–47 to create statistics for summoned creatures. Creatures with summoning grafts lose elemental immunities and do not gain an elemental graft. The various summoning grafts represent a small subset of the creatures of the listed type that exist. For example, there are many different kinds of angels in existence, but those summoned by the summon creature spell have the same basically humanoid shape. With your GM’s permission, you might be able to summon creatures whose appearances differ from those listed below, using the same stat blocks and summoning grafts.

Type and Subtype: The creature’s type and subtype change to match the summoning graft. Do not apply creature type or subtype grafts to the summoned creatures; all the required changes are listed with the summoning graft.

Alignment: The creature’s alignment changes to match the summoning graft, if noted.

Traits: The traits listed follow the universal creature rules (beginning on page 152) as normal unless they state otherwise.

Skills: The skills noted in a summoning graft are in addition to the skills listed with the base elemental stat block, and they have the same total skill bonus as the base stat block’s existing skills.

Languages: The summoning graft lists all the languages spoken by summoned creatures of that description.

Attack: The summoning grafts might also change the elemental stat block’s listed slam attack. If only a type of attack and damage are listed, the attack bonus and damage dealt do not change. For example, a CR 1/3 angel summoned from the 1st-level summoning list has a natural sword of light, which deals slashing damage but is still a melee attack with a +5 attack bonus that deals 1d6+3 damage. Some grafts add a new form of attack, which is detailed according to the CR of the summoned creature.

Shadow Creature

Source Alien Archive pg. 149
Summoned shadow creatures are strange magical beasts native to the Shadow Plane. They appear to be similar to typical predators, but their forms are made of nothing but solid black, with indistinct edges.
Required Creature Type: Magical beast (extraplanar).
Traits: Base speed increases to 30 ft.; immunity to cold, electricity, poison; resistance equal to creature’s CR to acid and fire; SR equal to 5 + CR; if base stat block has DR, change to DR/cold iron.
Skills: Add Perception and Stealth. Summoned shadow creatures can always attempt Stealth checks to hide, even if observed or lacking cover, as long as they are not in areas of bright light. After the shadow creature attacks, it can’t attempt to hide again until its next turn.
Languages: Aklo and Common.
Attack: Change melee attack to touch (cold damage).