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Giant, Cave Giant

Bestial tusks jut from the jaw of this hunched-over giant. It is clad in armor patched together from the bones of past victims.

Cave Giant CR 6

Source Bestiary 3 pg. 127
XP 2,400
CE Large humanoid (giant)
Init +0; Senses darkvision 120 ft., low-light vision; Perception +5


AC 19, touch 9, flat-footed 19 (+4 armor, +6 natural, –1 size)
hp 67 (9d8+27)
Fort +9, Ref +3, Will +3
Defensive Abilities ferocity, rock catching
Weaknesses light sensitivity


Speed 40 ft. (30 ft. in armor)
Melee battleaxe +12/+7 (2d6+9/×3) or 2 slams +11 (1d8+6)
Ranged rock +6 (1d8+9)
Space 10 ft., Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks rock throwing (100 ft.)


Str 23, Dex 10, Con 17, Int 6, Wis 10, Cha 7
Base Atk +6; CMB +13; CMD 23
Feats Cleave, Improved Sunder, Power Attack, Vital Strike, Weapon Focus (battleaxe)
Skills Climb +7, Intimidate +7, Perception +5
Languages Giant
SQ axe wielder


Environment any underground
Organization solitary, gang (2–5), band (6–8 plus 1–2 monitor lizards), raiding party (9–12 plus 1–4 monitor lizards), or tribe (13–20 plus 30% noncombatants, plus 1 barbarian, fighter, or ranger chief of 3rd–5th level; 2–9 monitor lizards; 1–4 giant frilled lizards; and 10–15 dwarf, orc, or troglodyte slaves)
Treasure standard (battleaxe, hide armor, other treasure)

Special Abilities

Axe Wielder (Ex) All cave giants are proficient with handaxes, battleaxes, and greataxes.


Stooped over in a perpetual crouch, cave giants move as if they had never mastered walking erect. Their faces mix the worst features of ogre and feral orc. The largest would measure 10 feet in height if they ever stood straight. The typical cave giant weighs 1,000 pounds. Though few survive past 60 years, cave giants can live as long as 150 years.

While they prove remarkably adept with axes of all varieties, cave giants lack the patience to work metal. What metal a cave giant possesses was likely stolen from other giants or worked by enslaved subterranean smiths.

Slaves such as dwarves, orcs, and troglodytes do most of the labor in cave giant settlements. Poor treatment and the need for meat keep slave populations small and ever-rotating. New slaves are brought in whenever raiding parties remember to reign in their blood lust. Any prisoners who fail to submit to their new masters find themselves served on the dinner table or tossed screaming into the giant’s cave lizard pens.

Giant lizards of all types serve as both guard beasts and sport for the cave giants. Giant frilled lizards are rarely pets, as most cave giants opt to keep less dangerous monitor lizards instead. Kept in check only by fear and brutal beatings, such pets turn on their handlers at the first sign of weakness. At feeding time, live captives are tossed into the pens, a festive event filled with boisterous cheers and spirited betting.

Creatures in "Giant" Category

Ash Giant11
Cave Giant6
Cliff Giant9
Cloud Giant11
Desert Giant9
Eclipse Giant19
Hill Giant7
Jungle Giant10
Marsh Giant8
Moon Giant15
Mountain Giant18
Ocean Giant14
Plague Giant14
River Giant6
Rune Giant17
Shadow Giant13
Slag Giant7
Stone Giant8
Storm Giant13
Sun Giant16
Taiga Giant12
Tomb Giant12
Vault Giant17
Wood Giant6