All week long we are looking at what is in the Book of Beasts: Legendary Foes. Monday we listed all the monsters, NPCs, demigods and traps by CR. Tuesday we showed off the artwork within. Wednesday showed you how complex the NPCs were with all the class levels, archetypes, racial options, and templates layered on top of each other. Finally, today were are showing off the traps within.
High level traps are in short supply and imaginative traps that are more than a spell are even more rare. So we bring you a total of 12 traps covering CRs ranging from 15 to 24. Below are two such traps. We hope that these will be useful in making your players afraid and enhancing your world.
Collapsing Wall of Skulls CR 19
Type mechanical; Perception DC 29; Disable Device DC 29
Trigger location; Reset manual
Effect collapsing wall (20d6 bludgeoning damage); DC 25 Reflex avoids; multiple targets (all targets in a 5 ft. x 30 ft.-square area), onset delay (1 round)
Both sides of this thirty foot long hallway are composed entirely of humanoid skulls. One of the walls is a trap. The skulls on that wall are designed to fall on all those in the hallway, crushing them beneath their weight. The trap’s trigger is the five-foot space in front of the locked door at the end of the hallway. Any creature that stands on that spot for more than a round will trigger an avalanche of skulls. If a creature stands on the trigger and leaves before the end of its next turn, the trap’s timer resets. Trap cost: 4,750 gp. Construction DC: Craft (traps) 35.
Acid Spray Trap CR 23
Type mechanical; Perception DC 44; Disable Device DC 44
Trigger touch; Reset automatic (requires 1 day to regenerate acid); Bypass hidden lock (DC 35 Perception to locate, DC 40 Disable Device to open without a key)
Effect acid spray (16d6 acid damage) DC 29 Reflex half; multiple targets (all targets in a 40-ft. by 80 ft.-square room)
Triggering an acid spray trap requires touching the handle of a door that leads deeper into the dungeon. Once it is triggered, acid sprays out of a number of tiny holes in the stonework around the room (Perception check DC 45 to notice). Nowhere in the area is safe from the acid, although a Reflex save (DC 29) reduces the damage by half. A hidden lock, near the dungeon’s original entrance, prevents the acid from spraying. Trap cost: 28,000 gp. Construction DC: Craft (traps) 40.