Giant Space Hamster (CR 2)
Alignment: Always neutral
Initiative: +1 (Dex); Senses: low-light vision, Listen +4, and Spot +3
AC: 12 (-1 size, +1 Dex, +2 natural), touch 10, flat-footed 11
Hit Dice: 4d8+12 (30 hp)
Fort +7, Ref +5, Will +1
Speed: 20 ft., burrow 10 ft.
Space: 10 ft. /5 ft.
Base Attack +3; Grapple +2
Attack: Bite +7 melee
Full Attack: Bite +7 melee
Damage: Bite 1d8+6
Special Attacks/Actions: Improved grab, cheek pouch
Abilities: Str 19, Dex 13, Con 16, Int 1, Wis 10, Cha 10
Special Qualities: Immune to disease
Skills: Climb +7, Listen +4, and Spot +3
Advancement: 5-8 HD (Large); 9-12 HD (Huge)
Climate/Terrain: Temperate hills and plains
Organization: Small pack (1d4 adults, encounters of 2 or less will both be female, encounters of 3 will be two females one male, while encounters of 4 will be two males and two females, 20% per adult female that 1d4 young are present, and 20% per adult female that 1d4 juveniles are present)
Giant space hamsters are exactly what they sound like - cute brown bear-sized rodents with thick fur. Giant space hamsters are found in a variety of colors, but are usually golden brown with white underbellies, bands, and spots. They are well muscled though they appear to be fat. A giant space hamster can hold 200 pounds of food in its cheeks.
Like their tiny ancestors, giant space hamsters enjoy all sorts of green vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains, and water. They sometimes eat raw or cooked meat; wild giant space hamsters especially enjoy giant insects. One giant hamster can easily put away 30 pounds of food and 10 gallons of water per day. These creatures are very clean; their gnome handlers often dump wood shavings in their lairs.
Giant space hamsters normally only have one type of attack - a nasty bite. They avoid even this on most occasions, as domestic breeds are quite cowardly. However, wild breeds are more aggressive, and they briefly charge at anyone who approaches a burrow. Domesticated females protecting their litter may also attack.
Improved Grab (Ex): To use this ability, a giant space hamster must hit with its bite attack. If successful, it may stuff a foe in its cheek pouch.
Cheek Pouch (Ex): By making a successful grapple check against an opponent of Small or smaller size, the giant space hamster can stuff a foe in its cheek pouch. A trapped foe can escape by making a successful Strength check (DC 16) or by dealing 5 points of damage to the hamster's cheek. A trapped foe can only attack with a Tiny slashing or piercing weapon, and then only if it was in hand when the foe was stuffed in the cheek pouch.
Immune to Disease (Ex): Giant space hamsters are immune to all magical and non-magical diseases.
Endurance: Giant space hamsters receive the Endurance Feat for free.
The Giant Space Hamster first appeared in the Spelljammer Monstrous Compendium Supplement.