Praying Mantis

CR 3


Initiative :1; darkvision; 6 Perception
AC 15, touch 10, flat-footed 14 (
1 Dex, 5 natural, –1 size)
hp 30 (4d8
12) = 16
Fort +7, Ref +2, Will +3
Immune mind-affecting effects

Speed 30 ft., climb 30 ft. fly 40 ft. (poor)
Melee 2 claws +5 (1d6 + 3 plus grab)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks lunge, mandibles, sudden strike

Str 16, Dex 13, Con 16, Int —, Wis 14, Cha 11
Base Atk 3; CMB +7 (11 grapple); CMD 18 (22 vs. trip)
Skills Climb 11, Fly –5, Perception +6, Stealth +1 (13 in
forests); Racial Modifiers 4 Perception, +4 Stealth (12
in forests)

Lunge (Ex) A giant mantis’s limbs are
capable of reaching much farther than
normal for a creature of its size. As a fullattack
action, it can make a single attack with
its claws at double its normal reach. When a giant
mantis attacks with a claw in this manner, it gains
a 4 bonus on its attack roll. A giant mantis cannot
make attacks of opportunity with its lunge.
Mandibles (Ex) A giant mantis that grabs a foe can
make a bite attack against that foe as a
secondary attack. The mantis’s bite is a +0
attack that inflicts 1d6
1 points of damage
on a hit.
Sudden Strike (Ex) A giant mantis is
particularly adept at moving quickly
when its foes are surprised. During a
surprise round, a giant mantis may act
as if it had a full round to act, rather than
just one standard action.


Known to many as the giant praying
mantis for the way the creature’s deadly
front limbs fold under its head as it lies
in wait for food, this creature is well feared along caravan
tracks that pass through dense woodlands. The giant
mantis, a master of hiding in dense undergrowth, is
almost unnaturally patient as it lies in wait, striking with
unsettling speed as unsuspecting meals wander by.
In many savage societies, the giant mantis is particularly
feared—in regions where these vermin are common, they
are often regarded as messengers of death sent to the world
by angry gods. Their swift speed, alien appearance, and
near-invisibility in forests give rise to many legends—
that the giant mantis can become invisible, that it can
smell fear, and that the souls of those who it slays and eats
are digested and kept from moving on to the afterlife.
While the giant mantis is nothing more than an efficient
and deadly vermin, the numerous legends and whispers
regarding its supposed powers and alien intellect
have inspired some spellcasters to work such features
into their constructs as a way to make them even more
fearsome. There are even stories of entire societies of
assassins who worship an immense mantis as a god, and
who have taken to heart the mantis’s style of murderous
ambush, fighting with twin serrated rapiers.
The giant mantis presented here stands 7 feet tall
and 15 feet long, and weighs 650 pounds.

Praying Mantis

Moritz Wilde Welt Momorider