Monster Monday: Lurking Tusker

Lurking Tusker               CR 6
XP 2,400
NE Medium Magical Beast
Init +10; Senses Darkvision 60 ft; low-light vision, Perception +11
AC 20, touch 16, flat-footed 14 (+6 Dex, +4 natural)
hp 80 (10d10+30)
Fort +12, Ref +13, Will +7
Speed 30 ft, climb 20 ft, swim 20 ft
Melee Gore +16 (1d12+5)
Space 5 ft Reach 5 ft
Special Attacks powerful charge (2d12+10), sneak attack +1d6
Str 20, Dex 22, Con 16, Int 10, Wis 12, Cha 7
Base Atk +10; CMB +15 , CMD 31 (can’t be tripped)
Feats Improved Initiative, Weapon focus, Iron Will, Alertness, Skill Focus (stealth)
Skills Acrobatics +13, Stealth +22, Perception +11
Languages Understands Common but cannot speak
Special Abilities
Slithering Charge (EX): A lurking tusker does not have to charge in a straight line.
Powerful charge, sneak attack +1d6.
Environment Underground
Organization solitary or pair
Treasure standard
A lurking tusker waits in dark dungeon corridors before bursting out and puncturing passing creatures for food. They are referred to by odd names by adventurers in far corners of the world, earning the moniker “tusked idiots” for their headlong tactics. These creatures can be quite dangerous when their attacks are unexpected, and they take an evil delight in the splash of blood before they feast on their fallen foes. Lurking tuskers sometimes form alliances with snakes or snake-like creatures in the area, sharing scraps of food in lean times.
A monster based on an old game I played with friends long ago. It is very useful as a jump-out-and-scare-you monster, and can make players very wary of dark side-tunnels. Worth using in pairs to set up a really tough fight, when the creatures charge from opposite sides and then grant one another flanking.
Put those cocky players in their places!

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