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Giant PorcupineCreature 2

Source Pathfinder Bestiary 3
Perception +8 (low-light vision, scent (imprecise) 30 feet)
Languages none
Skills Athletics +8
Str +4, Dex +2, Con +4, Int -4, Wis +2, Cha +0

AC 18; Fort +10; Reflex +8; Will +6;
HP 32
Speed 25 feet

Quills One Action +11 (+6, +1) to hit 1d8+4 Piercing
Tail One Action +11 (+6, +1) to hit 1d6+4 Bludgeoning

Low-Light Vision

The monster can see in dim light as though it were bright light, so it ignores the Concealed condition due to dim light.

Scent (Imprecise) 30 feet

Scent involves sensing creatures or objects by smell, and is usually a vague sense. The range is listed in the ability, and it functions only if the creature or object being detected emits an aroma (for instance, incorporeal creatures usually do not exude an aroma).

If a creature emits a heavy aroma or is upwind, the GM can double or even triple the range of scent abilities used to detect that creature, and the GM can reduce the range if a creature is downwind.

Passive Points

A creature that hits a porcupine with an unarmed Strike or a non-reach melee Strike takes 1d8 piercing damage (DC 15 basic reflex save). On a critical failure, the creature also takes 1d4 Persistent Piercing Damage as the quills hook into its flesh.

Note: A DC was not provided for this ability by Paizo. The DC present here is a moderate DC for the creature level according to the Gamemastery Guide creature building Tables

Embed Quill

A creature damaged by the porcupine's quills Strike must succeed at a DC 18 reflex save or some of the quills remain embedded in its body, dealing 1d4 Persistent Piercing Damage.

Rearward Rush Two Actions

Effect The porcupine scuttles backward, quills extended. It Strides twice, then makes a quill Strike. The target is Flat-Footed against this Strike unless it has seen a Rearward Rush before.

The porcupine, sometimes called a quill pig, is a shy, gray-and-brown herbivore covered in barbed quills. Though most comfortable on the forest floor, a porcupine can climb trees adeptly to seek out leaves, bark, and insects for food. The giant porcupine is no less shy than its smaller kin, but these 5-foot-long specimens climb only the ancient old growth of deep forests. Both species are found only in temperate woodlands, though a giant porcupine prefers forests with less undergrowth where it can maneuver more easily. When startled or threatened, a porcupine employs multiple strategies to discourage potential predators. It emits a pungent odor that warns other creatures away, rattling its quills and chattering its teeth loudly to provide an additional auditory warning. If cornered, it raises its quills, faces away from the danger, and charges backwards at full speed, impaling any unlucky creatures is in its path.

A porcupine's barbed quills-in actuality long, stiff hairs-hook into a foe's flesh. A creature can easily pull free from the porcupine should a creature come into contact with one, but the quill's barbed tips continue to dig into the victim's skin from the creature's own movements. Removing the quills is a painful process, and quills that break off under the skin can sometimes requires a healer's assistance to remove effectively. Contrary to popular belief, however, a porcupine can't shoot its quills, making it a threat only to a creature brazen or foolish enough to attack it directly.

Porcupines use the same defensive tactics regardless of size, but the giant porcupine is often devastatingly effective given its sheer mass. Fortunately, these creatures tend to flee at the first opportunity to do so. The few attempts to train them as guardians have ended poorly for this reason, though some druids and other woodfolk have, on occasion, persuaded these creatures to accompany them as companions.



Anything that doesn't list another rarity trait (uncommon, rare, or unique) automatically has the common trait. This rarity indicates that an ability, item, or spell is available to all players who meet the prerequisites for it. A creature of this rarity is generally known and can be summoned with the appropriate summon spell.