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Elemental Creatures dwell in the Inner Planes. They appear superficially similar in shape to material plane animals, but actually are made of the elements, formed into the shape of a creature and with the ability to move. They are more closely related to elementals than the creatures they resemble, and are driven by the same motivations. Elemental sapients are all extremely rare.
Creating an Elemental Creature
"Elemental" is an inherited template that can be applied to corporeal animals, magical beasts, plants, vermin, and aberrations with intelligence scores of six or less, and that come from the Material Plane, hereafter the base creature. It uses all of the base creature's statistics and abilities except where noted here. When creating one, a home plane (the Plane of Air, Earth, Fire, Water, Ice, Shadow, or Wood) must be selected.
Type and Subtypes
Change to Elemental, with the appropriate subtype (cold for Ice, none for Shadow or Wood).
Depends on elemental origin. Air creatures gain a Fly speed of 100 feet, with perfect maneuverability. Earth creatures gain a burrow speed equal to their highest movement mode, and, if they have a fly speed, it is halved and drops one maneuverability class, to a minimum of clumsy. Fire, Ice, and Shadow creatures gain +20' to all movement modes they possess. Water creatures gain a Swim speed of 100 feet. Wood creatures gain no speed adjustment.
Elemental creatures have all the special attacks of the base creature, plus one more depending on type:
- Air, Earth, and Water creatures gain the Mastery ability of the appropriate Elemental.
- Fire creatures inflict an additional 1d6 fire damage on their natural weapon attacks and to any creature touching them, and light anything that takes that damage on fire (Reflex save, DC 10 + 1/2 hit dice + Con modifier to not be lit on fire).
- Cold creatures inflict 1d6 cold damage to anything they hit, and also cause things they hit to become fatigued (Fortitude save DC 10 + 1/2 hit dice + Constitution modifier to negate the fatigue)
Elemental Creatures gain the special qualities of the elemental type and keep those of the base creature. If they have at least 8 hit dice, they also gain damage reduction 5/-; if they have at least 12 hit dice, 10/-. They also gain more qualities by type: Earth creatures gain Tremorsense, Wood creatures gain Fast Healing equal to their hit dice and the ability to count as a Plant for purposes of determining whether or not they are a valid target for any effect whenever it would be advantageous to them, and Shadow creatures gain total concealment in any circumstance they would normally have concealment.
Air, Fire: Dexterity +2. Earth, Water, Wood: Strength +4, Dexterity -2. Ice: Strength +2. Shadow: Dexterity +4, Strength -2.
An Elemental Creature with an intelligence score of 4 or more speaks the appropriate elemental language. Magma Elementals usually speak Ignan, although some speak Terran. Wood elementals gain the ability to speak Treant. Shadow Elementals speak Umbral.
Appropriate elemental plane.
Appropriate elemental plane.
As the base creature +1.