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Dark Skeleton

Dark SkeletonAn armored black skeleton wielding a greatsword strides fearlessly into battle, a chill seems to come with it as it moves, its eyes glow bright red and gleam with malice as it strikes fear within its opponents.

Dark Skeleton (CR 7)

XP 3,200
NE Medium Undead
Init +7; Senses Darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +13
Aura Frightful Presence (60 ft., DC 18)

DEFENSE

AC 24, touch 13, flat-footed 21 (+4 armor, +3 dex, +7 natural)
hp 75 [110] (10d8+30)
Fort +6, Ref +6, Will +7
Defensive Abilities Channel Resistance +4; DR 10/bludgeoning and good; Immune Undead traits; Resist Ice 10
Weakness Fire and Holy

Tactics

During Combat The dark skeleton starts off combat with Black Cloud or Horror Cloud targeting as many as possible. It tends to use Hell Slash on it’s melee opponents to reduce their strength while it uses marrow drain on spell casters. They will flank with their allies. When below 50% health, the dark skeleton will use Blood Saber.

OFFENSE

Speed 30 ft.
Melee +1 Greatsword +14 (2d6+8) or 2 Claws +12 (1d6+5)
Special Attacks Black Cloud, Blood Saber, Hell Slash, Horror Cloud

STATISTICS

Str 21, Dex 16, Con –, Int 14, Wis 10, Cha 16
Base Atk +7; CMB +12; CMD 25
Feats Cleave, Improve Initiative, Great Cleave, Power Attack, Weapon Focus (Greatsword)
Skill Acrobatics +13, Climb +12, Escape Artist +13, Perception +13, Stealth +16
Languages Abyssal, Common + 1 other
Gear Chain Shirt, Greatsword +1

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Black Cloud (Su)

3/day, a dark skeleton can cause a black cloud of dark energy to erupt amongst its enemies within 60 feet. A dark skeleton deals 5d4 points of shadow damage in a 15-ft.-radius spread. Those in the area of effect, in addition to the damage, must make a Fortitude save (DC 16) or be inflict with the Blind status effect for 1d6 rounds. Blue mages may learn this ability as a 3rd level spell (Knowledge: Religion DC 21).

Blood Saber (Su)

1/day, a dark skeleton can drain the health of all nearby enemies with a 15-ft.-radius spread. A dark skeleton deals 6d6 points of shadow damage and is healed by half of the total damage done unless those in the area must make a Fortitude save (DC 19) to negate the heal affect and take half damage. Blue mages may learn this ability as a 6th level spell (Knowledge: Religion DC 27).

Hell Slash (Su)

4/day, as a swift action, a dark skeleton can imbue its greatsword with dark energies. The next time the dark skeleton strikes a creature with its greatsword, it discharges the dark elemental energy. It deals an addition 1d6 points of shadow damage against the target of the attack. In addition, the target of this attack must make a Fortitude save (DC 15), or suffer 1d4 Strength loss. Blue mages may learn this ability as a 2nd level spell (Knowledge: Religion DC 19).

Horror Cloud (Su)

3/day, a dark skeleton can release a black cloud of horror towards its enemy within 60 feet. The target must make a Fortitude save (DC 16) or be inflicted with the Slow status effect for 1d6 rounds. Blue mages may learn this ability as a 3rd level spell (Knowledge: Religion DC 21).