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Excerpts: MM2 Heroslayer Hydra
Monster Manual 2

In today’s Monster Manual 2 preview, we introduce a new hydra, the heroslayer!


Legendary for their deadly heads and strange powers, hydras give any group of heroes pause. Driven by hunger, hydras lurk at the edges of civilization, plaguing border communities.

Heroslayer Hydra

A creature out of legend, the heroslayer hydra earned its name from the heroes who fell to its fangs.

Hydra Lore

Nature DC 27: Heroslayer hydras dwell in mountain caves. In early times, humanoids stalked razor hydras to collect the hydras’ serrated teeth, which were valued as weapons because they cause victims to bleed long after receiving wounds.

Heroslayer Hydra
Level 20 Solo Brute
Huge natural beast (reptile)
XP 14,000
Initiative +14 Senses Perception +19; all-around vision
HP 776; Bloodied 388; see also regenerating heads
AC 32; Fortitude 34, Reflex 30, Will 30
Saving Throws +5
Speed 6
Action Points 2
Melee Bite (standard; at-will)
Reach 3; +25 vs. AC; 1d10 + 8 damage.
Melee Hydra Fury (standard; at-will)
The heroslayer hydra makes five bite attacks, plus an additional attack for each head it has grown (see regenerating heads). A target hit by more than one bite attack in a round takes 10 extra damage.
Melee Rampage (standard; recharges when a critical hit is scored against the heroslayer hydra)
The hydra makes one bite attack against each enemy within reach. On a hit, the target takes ongoing 10 damage (save ends).
While a heroslayer hydra is marked, it gains a +2 bonus to attack rolls and a +5 bonus to damage rolls against the creature that marked it.
Each time a heroslayer hydra would become dazed or stunned, it instead loses one attack while using hydra fury during its next turn. The hydra can be dazed or stunned multiple times.
Regenerating Heads
When a heroslayer hydra first reaches 582, 388, and 194 hit points, a head is destroyed. At the start of the hydra’s next turn after a head is destroyed, two heads grow in the lost head’s place, and the hydra gains an additional bite attack with hydra fury.
Threatening Reach
A heroslayer hydra can make opportunity attacks against all enemies within its reach (3 squares).
Alignment Chaotic evil
Str 23 (+16)
Dex 19 (+14)
Wis 18 (+14)
Con 26 (+18)
Int 2 (+6)
Cha 9 (+9)

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