Monstrous Physique — Langley, Excavator Robot (PF2E)

(Clockwork Goliath piece originally by Andrew Hou)

Hey, there! Luis here! Earlier this week, I ran a playtest of the new gunslinger and inventor classes. The playtest was set in the same continuity as Valiant and had a little tie in to the story going on there. I won’t spoil much about Valiant, but know that at some point the heroes beat up on a robot named Langley and saved the day. Langley wasn’t destroyed, however, and it was up to the new playtest heroes to fix up Langley. After some tough fights, the heroes were able to bring Langely in for repairs and finally get him fixed up. I figured it would be fun to see the results of said repairs, so I have for you today, the new and improved Langley!

Langley                          Creature 10
Unique, N, Large, Construct, Mindless
Perception +19, darkvision
Skills Acrobatics +29, Athletics+22
Str +7, Dex +3, Con +5, Int –5, Wis +2, Cha –5
Dig-Widget Head Langley’s head is in fact an elite dig-widget (Bestiary 2). Langley can release its head as an action, which has the manipulate trait. Doing so cause Langley’s body to deactivate and Langley continues acting in their dig-widget form. Langley’s head can return to its body and reactivate the body using an Interact action while adjacent to the body.

AC 30; Fort +22, Ref +20, Will +15
HP 150; Hardness 10; Immunities bleed, death effects, disease, doomed, drained, fatigued, healing, mental, necromancy, nonlethal attacks, paralyzed, poison, sickened, unconscious
Programming Langley was designed to serve as a mining companion. It has been programmed to follow the orders of the mine leadership and anyone noted as having appropriate authority. Someone with authority can designate an individual to have appropriate authority, and thus have Langley follow their orders, with a 10-minute activity. During this time, Langley must be able to see the individual to recognize the new expansion to authority. A creature without authority can attempt to trick Langley into following their orders by attempting to Lie (DC 29). Langley follows simple commands like ‘attack,’ ‘guard,’ ‘help’, ‘move,’ and ‘stand down.’
Critical Success Langley believes the creature has authority and follows their orders for 1 minute, immediately stopping what its doing if it’s unable to complete the task during this time. The creature must attempt another check to trick Langley afterward.
Success As critical success, but Langley only follows orders for 1 round. The creature must attempt another check to trick Langley afterward.
Failure Langley ignores the creature and ignores further attempts by the creature to trick it. It becomes temporarily immune to that creature’s command for 24 hours.
Critical Failure As failure, but Langley also recognizes the attempt at deception and attacks the creature.

Speed 30 feet
Melee [one-action] saw +22 (agile, sweep, reach 10 feet), Damage 2d10+11 slashing
Melee [one-action] drill +22 (reach 10 feet), Damage 2d12+13 piercing
Melee [one-action] hammer +22 (reach 10 feet), Damage 2d10+11 bludgeoning plus Knockdown
Ranged [one-action] slag cannon +20 (range 60 feet), Damage 4d8 fire
Tool Rush [three-actions] (attack) Langley unleashes a flurry of attacks using its tools. It makes up to six melee Strikes with its drill, saw, and hammer. No single creature can be targeted by more than one Strike and Langley can use a given Strike no more than twice during one use of this ability . These attacks count toward Langley’s multiple attack penalty, but the multiple attack penalty doesn’t increase until after all the attacks are made.

Langley was a machine designed for excavation by the engineers of Hayewood Excavations. After an encounter with some adventurers in a mine, Langley was left severely damaged and in dire need of repairs. A crew of workers from the innovative facilities at Rhapsody Canyon were able to take Langley and repair while also making some improvements to its design. They took the remnants of a spiral centurion and integrated a notable dig-widget into the design to both reinforce Langley and make it more robust. Langley has since continued its excavational duties, now working for the Skymark Mining Corporation and helping with their mines based out of the Gold Cliff Mountains.

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


Luis Loza

Luis Loza is a developer at Paizo, working on the Pathfinder Lost Omens 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 his cat, and walks with his wife. He is eternally plagued with a hunger for tacos. Consider checking his material on his Patreon at