Monster Monday-Giant Rat

GiantRats

Health Points: 4

Attack: 1d4 (bite)

Special Attack: 5% infection

Dexterity: 12

Strength: 4

Speed: 36

Armor: 0 0 1

Description: Giant rats frequent sewers, abandoned buildings, and subterranean areas where food is made readily available.  Like smaller rats, they are scavengers and tend to be skittish.  However, when food supplies are low and desperation sets in, they may sometimes attack living things in the search for food.  Being about 2 feet long and 1 foot in height, their speed and size offer them some safety in battle as they evade enemy attacks.  Even so, due to their meager ability to deal damage, they will tend only to attack in large groups, particularly if the target is not alone.  Due to their garbage and refuse eating nature, their bites have the tendency to infect, causing fever and weakness until recovered.

While a single giant rat is not a challenge to even a common peasant, any adventuring party can be challenged by adding more rats to the pile.  Large packs of rats bring the challenge of not being able to parry or dodge enough to handle all attacks.  With overwhelming numbers they can also make it hard to protect fragile casters.

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