Campaign of the Month: April 2011
Planejammer: The Spelljoined
Giant Space Hamster
SPACE HAMSTER, Giant
Hit Dice: 4d8+12 (30 hp)
Face/Reach: 5 ft by 10 ft/5 ft
Special Attacks: Improved grab, cheek pouch
Special Qualities: Immune to disease, low-light vision
Saves: Fort +7, Ref +2, Will +1
Abilities: Str 19, Dex 13, Con 16, Int 1, Wis 10, Cha 10
Skills: Climb +14, Listen +4, Spot +4
Climate/Terrain: Temperate hills and plains
Organization: Small pack (1d4 adults, encounters of 2 or less will both
be female, encounters of 3 will be two females one male, while
encounters of 4 will be two males and two females, 20% per adult
female that 1d4 young are present, and 20% per adult female that 1d4
juveniles are present)
Challenge Rating: 2
Alignment: Always neutral
Advancement: 5-8 HD (Large); 9-12 HD (Huge)
Giant space hamsters are found in a variety of colors, but are usually
golden brown with white underbellies, bands, and spots. They are well
muscled though they appear to be fat. A giant space hamster can hold
200 pounds of food in its cheeks.
Like their tiny ancestors, giant space hamsters enjoy all sorts of green
vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains, and water. They sometimes eat raw or
cooked meat; wild giant space hamsters especially enjoy giant insects.
One giant hamster can easily put away 30 pounds of food and 10
gallons of water per day. These creatures are very clean; their gnome
handlers often dump wood shavings in their lairs.
Giant space hamsters normally only have one type of attack–a nasty
bite. They avoid even this on most occasions, as domestic breeds are
However, wild breeds are more aggressive, and they briefly charge at
anyone who approaches a burrow. Domesticated females protecting
their litter may also attack.
Improved Grab (Ex): To use this ability, a giant space hamster must
hit with its bite attack. If successful, it may stuff a foe in its cheek pouch.
Cheek Pouch (Ex): By making a successful grapple check against an
opponent of Small or smaller size, the giant space hamster can stuff a
foe in its cheek pouch. A trapped foe can escape by making a
successful Strength check (DC 16) or by dealing 5 points of damage to
the hamster’s cheek. A trapped foe can only attack with a Tiny slashing
or piercing weapon, and then only if it was in hand when the foe was
stuffed in the cheek pouch.
Immune to Disease (Ex): Giant space hamsters are immune to all
magical and nonmagical diseases.magical and nonmagical diseases.
Endurance: Giant space hamsters receive the Endurance Feat for
Received as a gift from thankful hamster wranglers after capturing one that escaped in the city of Port Walkaway.
Illustration by Syreene