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Fossil Golem

Fossil golems are typically made from the fossilized bones of dinosaurs and other ancient megafauna, though some crafters stretch the definition and instead use magically petrified bones of dragons or even giants. Not bound to any specific model, fossil golems are crafted to be as terrifying as possible instead of models of anatomic accuracy. As such, most fossil golems are nightmarish saurian amalgams whose massive arms end with the complete skulls of apex predators like tyrannosauruses, their bite enhanced to petrify flesh.

The enchantments that animate fossil golems grant them a form of modular flexibility, letting them trade mobility for extended reach through the rapid rearrangement of their limbs. This also lets them appear like a jumbled mass of bones at rest, making them likely to be mistaken for decor rather than guardians.

Recall Knowledge - Construct (Arcana, Crafting): DC 35

Fossil GolemCreature 12

Source Bestiary 3 pg. 116
Perception +20; darkvision
Skills Athletics +20
Str +7, Dex +2, Con +6, Int -5, Wis +0, Cha -5
AC 33; Fort +26, Ref +20, Will +18
HP 195; Immunities acid, death effects, disease, doomed, drained, fatigued, healing, magic (see below), mental, necromancy, nonlethal attacks, paralyzed, poison, sickened, unconscious; Resistances physical 10 (except adamantine or bludgeoning)
Golem Antimagic harmed by cold and water (5d10, 2d8 from areas and persistent damage); healed by acid (area 2d8 HP); slowed by earth
Vulnerable to Stone to Flesh A stone to flesh spell negates the golem's golem antimagic and its resistance to physical damage for 1 round. A flesh to stone spell reverses this effect immediately.
Speed 25 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action jaws +26 [+21/+16] (deadly 2d10, magical, reach 15 feet), Damage 3d10+13 piercing plus fossilizationFossilization (arcane, incapacitation, transmutation) The first time each round a creature takes damage from the fossil golem's jaws, the target must attempt a DC 32 Fortitude save. If it fails and has not already been slowed by this ability, it becomes slowed 1 for 1 minute. If the creature was already slowed by this ability, a failed save causes it to be petrified permanently.Reassemble Single ActionSingle Action The fossil golem reorganizes its bones, increasing its reach to 25 feet and reducing its Speed to 15 feet. It can revert to its original form by taking this action again.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Digging is Optional

Intact fossilized bones are difficult components to scrounge, much less whole skeletons. An alternate way to obtain them is to hire expert hunters or adventurers to seek out live dinosaurs, bring back the bones, and use magic to turn them to stone. Of course, some purists prefer genuine fossilized bones and are willing to pay the price for their acquisition. Either way, opportunities await enterprising souls with the proper tools and several bags of holding.

All Monsters in "Golem"

Adamantine Golem18
Alchemical Golem9
Carrion Golem4
Clay Golem10
Flesh Golem8
Fossil Golem12
Glass Golem8
Ice Golem5
Iron Golem13
Mithral Golem16
Obsidian Golem16
Stone Golem11
Wood Golem6


Source Bestiary pg. 184
Crafted of base materials and then magically animated into a powerful guardian, the legendary golem is a living construct that mindlessly obeys its creator's commands— often continuing to do so for years or even centuries after its creator's death. There exist two known methods of animating a golem. The traditional method involves harvesting and implanting an elemental soul or essence within the newly crafted host statue, a procedure seen as vile and blasphemous to those who value the sanctity of the soul; evil or amoral golem crafters tend to prefer this method. The other, less disreputable technique involves siphoning pure positive energy into the statue to artificially imitate the creation of a soul. The result does not give the golem a true soul and is generally a more costly and time-consuming method of creation. Regardless of the method used, the resulting golem functions the same. A golem's unique animating force leaves it susceptible to certain forms of magic, but apart from these few weaknesses, it is impervious to magic and difficult to damage with weapons.

Golems work best in play as foes to vanquish rather than allies to accompany player characters on adventures. The process of creating a golem is time-consuming, expensive, and difficult, and only the most talented spellcasters or artisans can even hope to accomplish such an undertaking. While certain magical texts—so-called “golem manuals”—are said to aid golems crafters, for the most part the creation of a golem should be something left in the hands of the Game Master.

Golems have components that can be harvested as trophies or magical components; the value depends on the golem in question. Examples of components that can be harvested from golems are listed in the sidebars.

Golem Antimagic

A golem is immune to spells and magical abilities other than its own, but each type of golem is affected by a few types of magic in special ways. These exceptions are listed in shortened form in the golem's stat block, with the full rules appearing here. If an entry lists multiple types (such as “cold and water”), either type of spell can affect the golem.
  • Harmed By Any magic of this type that targets the golem causes it to take the listed amount of damage (this damage has no type) instead of the usual effect. If the golem starts its turn in an area of magic of this type or is affected by a persistent effect of the appropriate type, it takes the damage listed in the parenthetical.
  • Healed By Any magic of this type that targets the golem makes the golem lose the slowed condition and gain HP equal to half the damage the spell would have dealt. If the golem starts its turn in an area of this type of magic, it gains the HP listed in the parenthetical.
  • Slowed By Any magic of this type that targets the golem causes it to be slowed 1 for 2d6 rounds instead of the usual effect. If the golem starts its turn in an area of this type of magic, it's slowed 1 for that round.
  • Vulnerable To Each golem is vulnerable to one or more specific spells, with the effects described in its stat block.