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Alchemical Golem

This golem is a walking alchemical nightmare capable of inflicting all manner of painful wounds. Its ability to follow orders is granted by the otherwise mindless humanoid brain that floats in its dome-like head. In exceptionally rare cases, the brain used in its creation might retain fragments of memories or even actual intellect, resulting in an alchemical golem with a personality and agenda of its own.

Recall Knowledge - Construct (Arcana, Crafting): DC 28

Alchemical GolemCreature 9

Source Bestiary pg. 185
Perception +15; darkvision
Skills Athletics +22
Str +6, Dex +4, Con +3, Int -5, Wis +0, Cha -5
AC 27; Fort +20, Ref +19, Will +15
HP 150; Immunities acid, bleed, death effects, disease, doomed, drained, fatigued, healing, magic (see below), mental, necromancy, nonlethal attacks, paralyzed, poison, sickened, unconscious; Resistances physical 12 (except adamantine or bludgeoning)
Alchemical Chambers An alchemical golem’s body contains six alchemical chambers filled with different substances. When an alchemical golem ability calls upon a randomly determined alchemical effect, roll 1d6 and consult the following (if you roll the result of a chamber that was shattered, there is no alchemical effect):
1 acid damage; 2 cold damage; 3 electricity damage; 4 fire damage; 5 poison damage; 6 sickness: DC 26 Fortitude save or sickened 1 (sickened 2 on a critical failure)
Alchemical Rupture When an alchemical golem takes physical damage from a critical hit or is affected by a shatter spell, one glass chamber within its body shatters, spewing alchemical liquid in a 5-foot emanation. Roll on the alchemical chambers list (see above) to determine which one shatters—on a roll of 1–5, creatures in the area take 10d6 damage of the appropriate type (DC 28 basic Reflex). On a roll of 6, creatures must instead save against the sickness effect.
Golem Antimagic harmed by sonic (5d8, 2d6 from areas or persistent damage); healed by acid (area 2d4 HP); slowed by cold
Vulnerable to Shatter Casting a shatter spell on an alchemical golem affects the golem normally, but also causes an alchemical rupture (see above).
Speed 25 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action syringe +22 [+17/+12] (magical, reach 10 feet), Damage 2d10+6 piercing plus alchemical injectionRanged Single ActionSingle Action bomb +20 [+15/+10] (magical, thrown 20 feet), Effect see Generate BombAlchemical Injection When an alchemical golem hits a creature with a syringe Strike, roll 1d6 on the alchemical chambers list to determine the additional effect of the attack. The syringe deals an additional 2d6 damage of the appropriate type (or exposes the target to the sickness effect, as appropriate).Generate Bomb Single ActionSingle Action (manipulate) The golem fills an empty vial from one of its alchemical chambers to create a bomb and then makes a bomb Strike. Determine the type of bomb created by rolling 1d6 on the alchemical chambers list above. On a roll of 1–4, it creates the corresponding greater alchemical bomb: an acid flask from chamber 1, a frost vial from chamber 2, bottled lightning from chamber 3, or alchemist’s fire from chamber 4. On a roll of 5, it creates a poisonous bomb that deals 3d10 poison damage and 3 poison splash damage with no other effects. On a roll of 6, it creates a sickness bomb, which exposes the target and all creatures in the splash radius to the sickness effect; creatures hit by only the splash receive a +2 circumstance bonus to their Fortitude saves.

Sidebar - Treasure and Rewards Alchemical Golems

When an alchemical golem is defeated or disabled, if any of its first four alchemical chambers (1–4) remain intact, the chamber can be salvaged and used as a lesser alchemical bomb of the corresponding type: acid flask, frost vial, bottled lightning, or alchemist's fire, respectively.

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.