Digger-360 Autonomous Backhoe (3.5e Monster)

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Date Created: 4-21-15
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Digger-360 Autonomous Backhoe
Size/Type: Huge Construct (Bot, Vehicle)
Hit Dice: 5d10+40 (67 hp)
Initiative: +0
Speed: 20 ft
Armor Class: 18 (+10 natural, -2 size), touch 8, flat-footed 18
Base Attack/Grapple: +3/+21
Attack: Backhoe +11 melee (3d6+15, 20/x2)
Full Attack: Backhoe +11 melee (3d6+15, 20/x2)
Space/Reach: 15 ft/15 ft
Special Attacks: Dig, Whirlwind
Special Qualities: Bot Traits, Construct Traits, Crew, Darkvision 60 ft, DR 5/adamantine, Low-Light Vision, Programming, Resist Cold/Fire 5, Stabilizers, Treads
Saves: Fort +1, Ref +1, Will +5
Abilities: Str 30, Dex 10, Con -, Int -, Wis 19, Cha 1
Skills: Profession (construction) +10
Feats: -
Environment: Any
Organization: Solitary
Challenge Rating: 5
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always True Neutral
Advancement: 6-10 HD (Huge), 11-15 HD (Gargantuan)
Level Adjustment:

Resembling the skeleton of some robotic brontosaurus, this machine is a set of heavy treads with a cabin, and a large mechanical arm ending in a shovel.

When the Luna-Tesla Corporation robotized the field of construction, it did cause some social unrest when the construction workers were put out of jobs, their machines running without their input. Even so, the public benefited from the advanced construction and demolition speeds and soon building projects erupted the world over. One of these machines was the often employed backhoe, also known as a steam shovel in some parts. Given a mechanical mind, the autonomous backhoe can understand spoken commands (but not reply in anything other than beeps and blasts of its horn), dealing with buildings and rubble with ease. From construction, demotion, trash management, and even rescue, the autonomous backhoes could be found anywhere.

Digger-350 Autonomous backhoes typically come in warning yellow, and are powerful machines. They would be dangerous if misused.


Autonomous backhoes do not engage in combat, but if they did they are simple, and effective, brutes. What they lack in options, they make up for in damage.

Crew (Ex): The autonomous backhoe has room for a crew of one medium creature, if piloted manually. Starting and running it requires a DC 10 Knowledge Xeno or Pilot check.

Dig (Ex): The autonomous backhoe can dig out a 5 ft square of loose earth, soil, sand, or rubble as a standard action.

Programming: The autonomous backhoe possesses the following programs: Calculate, Collect, Identify Object, Job Function (construction), Reposition, Search, Sort.

Stabilizers (Ex): Autonomous backhoes have stability as a dwarf, but gain a +8 bonus from weight and a wide base instead of a +4 bonus. In addition as a move action they can plant stabilizers into the ground, granting them a +40 bonus instead.

Treads (Ex): The autonomous backhoe's treads allow it to ignore difficult terrain.

Whirlwind (Ex): The autonomous backhoe's arm is held on a swivel, and if used for attacking it can spin on its back and attack all creatures nearby. Treat the autonomous backhoe as possessing the Whirlwind Attack feat.


Digger-360 Autonomous Backhoes are build out of a composite of many different metals, plastics, and alloys which must be processed in a factory. In addition its computer core requires special components and programming. The cost of the base material components are worth 1200 gp.

Assembling the body requires a DC 20 Craft (technology) check, a DC 20 Knowledge Engineering, or a DC 20 Knowledge Xeno check.

CL 7th; Craft Construct, lesser geas, stone shape; Price 12,000 gp; Cost 5,400 gp + 432 XP.

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AlignmentAlways True Neutral +
AuthorEiji-kun +
Challenge Rating5 +
EnvironmentAny +
Identifier3.5e Monster +
Level Adjustment+
RatingUndiscussed +
SizeHuge +
SubtypeBot + and Vehicle +
TitleDigger-360 Autonomous Backhoe +
TypeConstruct +