"An unimaginable success, gene splicing, selective breeding and flesh grafting all led to the creation of the tigerpede... but the brilliant creature broke out before I could study it thoroughly, I truly am a victim of my own success... also so are all those people it ate while escaping."
- Francesca Shelly, Brilliant Doctor, Thoughtless Visionary, Less than mentally stable.
Huge monstrosity, chaotic evil
- Armor Class 14 (natural armor)
- Hit Points 138 (12d12 + 60)
- Speed 50 ft., climb 50 ft.
STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA 22 (+6) 12 (+1) 20 (+5) 9 (-1) 12 (+1) 11 (+0)
- Skills Perception +4, Stealth +4
- Damage Immunities bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage from nonmagical attacks that aren't silvered
- Senses blindsight 60 ft., passive Perception 14
- Languages —
- Challenge 7 (2,900 XP)
Keen Hearing and Smell. The tigerpede has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on hearing or smell.
Pounce. If the tigerpede moves at least 20 feet straight toward a creature and then hits it with a claw attack on the same turn, that target must succeed on a DC 17 Strength saving throw or be knocked prone. If the target is prone, the tigerpede can make one bite attack against it as a bonus action.
Multiattack. The tigerpede makes five melee attacks; four with its claws and one with its bite.
Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 12 (1d12 + 6) piercing damage.
Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 11 (1d10 + 6) slashing damage. The target is grappled (escape DC 17) if it is a Large or smaller creature and the tigerpede doesn't have two other creatures grappled.
Scuttle. The tigerpede moves up to its speed without provoking opportunity attacks and it can make a claw attack.
Insectoid Speed. The tigerpede moves quickly, with occasional bursts of speed due to its many legs. Most people don't expect the huge creature to move as a blur to the eye. The tigerpede makes its den in caves where it can use its limbs to scuttle along the ceiling and walls.
It is just as quick on walls as it is on land and often snatches and lifts prey away. If a creature escapes the tigerpedes clutches while held against the ceiling they often injure themselves with the fall, allowing the tigerpede to pounce once more.
Feline Ferocity. The tigerpede's keen senses are reinforced by its insectoid blindsight, due to this and its natural stealth the tigerpede is a masterful hunter.
The tigerpede hunts for food and defends its territory if it has young. Although hunting for practical reasons, it is known to play with its food and toy with its victims.
Artwork "Siberian Tigerpede" by B.R. Guthrie