Monstrous Physique — Pikachu (2E)

Hello again! Welcome back! I’m kind of on a fun Pokémon kick, so I want to continue that trend. Last time, I took a look at the pink puffball, Jigglypuff. This week, I’m focusing on another cute little monster. This time, I made sure the most famous Pokémon had the share of the spotlight. I chose Pikachu! Let’s take a look.

 

Pikachu                            Creature 6
N, Small, Beast
Perception +14
Languages Common (can’t speak any language)
Skills Acrobatics +18, Athletics+13
Str +4, Dex +6, Con +2, Int +2, Wis +2, Cha +3


AC 23; Fort +14, Ref +18, Will +11
HP 95; Immunities electricity; Weaknesses vulnerability to rock 5
Vulnerability to Rock Pikachu takes additional damage from rocks and stones. This includes sling stones, attacks from earth creatures, and earth effects.


Speed 40 feet, climb 20 feet
Melee [one-action] jaws +17 (agile), Damage 2d6+8 piercing
Ranged [one-action] thundershock +17 (agile, range 30 feet), Damage 2d6+8 electricity
Agility [free-action] Trigger Pikachu moves at least 10 feet. Effect Pikachu becomes a blur of movement. The next attack against them gains partial concealment. A creature that targets them with an attack, spell, or other effect must succeed at a DC 3 flat check or Pikachu is unaffected, as per the rules for standard concealment.
Thunderbolt [three-actions] Pikachu calls down a large lightning strike, dealing 4d6 electricity damage to all creatures adjacent to Pikachu. Each of these creatures attempts a DC 24 Reflex save.
Critical Success The creature is unaffected.
Success The creature takes half damage.
Failure The creature takes full damage, is pushed back 5 feet, and becomes deafened for 1 round.
Critical Failure The creature takes double damage, is pushed back 10 feet, and becomes deafened for 1 minute.

Pikachu is one of many strange monsters that hails from a faraway land where people and monster work in unison. Pikachu is capable of producing electricity from sacs in its cheeks. Depending on the expertise of the creature, these can produce anywhere from simple sparks to great bolts rivaling lightning. Pikachu tend to be playful and loving and are sometimes even a bit mischievous. Gathering a large number of Pikachu together is usually dangerous as their electricity arcs between each other and can even create great lightning storms. A typical Pikachu stands a little over 1 foot tall and weighs 13 pounds.

That’s it for this week! If you end up up introducing Pikachu into your game or you have any request for a future Monstrous Physique, please drop me a line at KnowDirection@hotmail.com.

Luis Loza

Luis Loza is a developer at Paizo, working on the Pathfinder World Guide line and formerly on Campaign Setting and Player Companion lines. He's done freelance for Paizo Inc, Legendary Games, Rogue Genius Games, and more third-party publishers. His hobbies include gaming both tabletop and video, making jokes, obsessing over time travel, taking naps with Nova the cat, and walks with heather the wife. He is eternally plagued with a hunger for tacos.

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