|Size/Type:||Large Animal (Aquatic)|
|Hit Dice:||8d8+11 (47 hp)|
|Speed:||20 ft. (4 squares), swim 30 ft.|
|Armor Class:||18 (-1 size, +2 Dex, +7 natural), touch 11, flat-footed 16|
|Attack:||Tentacle +10 melee (1d4+5)|
|Full Attack:||8 tentacles +10 melee (1d4+5) and bite +5 melee (1d8+2)|
|Space/Reach:||10 ft./10 ft. (20 ft. with tentacle)|
|Special Attacks:||Improved grab, constrict|
|Special Qualities:||Ink cloud, jet, low-light vision|
|Saves:||Fort +7, Ref +8, Will +3|
|Abilities:||Str 20, Dex 15, Con 13, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 3|
|Skills:||Escape Artist +12, Hide +12, Listen +4, Spot +6, Swim +13|
|Feats:||Alertness, Skill Focus (Hide), Toughness|
|Advancement:||9-12 HD (Large); 13-24 HD (Huge)|
These creatures are aggressive and territorial hunters, with arms reaching 10 feet or more in length. Their tentacles are studded with barbs and sharp-edged suckers.
An opponent can attack a giant octopus’s tentacles with a sunder attempt as if they were weapons. A giant octopus’s tentacles have 10 hit points each. If a giant octopus is currently grappling a target with the tentacle that is being attacked, it usually uses another limb to make its attack of opportunity against the opponent making the sunder attempt. Severing one of a giant octopus’s tentacles deals 5 points of damage to the creature. A giant octopus usually withdraws from combat if it loses four tentacles. The creature regrows severed limbs in 1d10+10 days.
A giant octopus deals 2d8+6 points of damage with a successful grapple check.
To use this ability, a giant octopus must hit an opponent of any size with a tentacle attack. It can then attempt to start a grapple as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity. If it wins the grapple check, it establishes a hold and can constrict.
Ink Cloud (Ex)
A giant octopus can emit a cloud of jet-black ink 20 feet high by 20 feet wide by 20 feet long once per minute as a free action. The cloud provides total concealment, which the octopus normally uses to escape a losing fight. All vision within the cloud is obscured.
A giant octopus can change colors, giving it a +4 racial bonus on Hide checks. A giant octopus also can squeeze and contort its body, giving it a +10 racial bonus on Escape Artist checks. A giant octopus has a +8 racial bonus on any Swim check to perform some special action or avoid a hazard. It can always choose to take 10 on a Swim check, even if distracted or endangered. It can use the run action while swimming, provided it swims in a straight line.