Dire Hummingbird (3.5e Monster)
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This monster is balanced to fit in a high level of balance game. I have taken the liberty of not using the standard D&D rules for determining various statistics for this monster. As a result, it may seem a bit stronger (or weaker) than some SRD monsters of the same CR and that is fine. I think it will pose an appropriate challenge for characters of its CR.
|N Diminutive Animal|
|Init/Senses||+3/Listen +4, Spot +4|
|AC|| 18, touch 14, flat-footed 14|
(+4 Dex, +4 size)
|hp||12 (1/2 HD)|
|Speed||0 ft., fly 40 ft., perfect (8 squares)|
|Melee||+5 Bite (1 + blood drain)|
|Space/Reach||1 ft./0 ft.|
|Atk Options||Hover Attack|
|Abilities||Str 1, Dex 16, Con 8, Int 1, Wis 12, Cha 8|
|Skills||Escape Artist +12,|
|Annoying Buzz (Ex)||A dire hummingbird's wings flap incredibly quickly and create an irritating buzz. Each creature within 30 ft. must make a Concentration check DC 13 each round or else take a -2 penalty to attack rolls, skill checks, and DCs of their abilities.|
|Perfect Evasion (Ex)||A dire hummingbird never takes damage from a reflex save that allows half-damage. They also don't take attacks of opportunity for entering an enemy's square.|
|Hover Attack (Ex)||Dire hummingbirds must hover in one place to attack. That is, they cannot perform a fly-by attack or any other cool aerial attacks, even though they have a perfect flying.|
|Blood Drain (Ex)||Each turn a dire hummingbird hits an opponent consecutively, it deals an extra point of damage as it drains more blood. For example, if it hits Fighter Bob 5 times in a row, it deals 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 damage to him, for a total of 15 damage. Every time a dire humming bird deals extra damage in this way, it heals 1 hitpoint.|
Strategies and Tactics
Dire hummingbirds thirst for blood instead of nectar. And just like their more normal hummingbird cousins, they must feed frequently or else starve.
Their buzz and nimbleness allows them to hover in close to an enemy and peck holes in their body, consuming the sweet sweet blood juice that keeps them alive. Their thirst is insatiable and even single dire hummingbirds have been known to cut down a good portion of a shepard's livestock.