Lernean Pyrohydra, Eight-Headed (CR 9)
AC: 15 (-2 size, +1 Dex, +6 natural), touch 9, flat-footed 14
Hit Dice: 8d10+43 (87 hp)
Fort +11, Ref +7, Will +4
Speed: 20 ft., swim 20 ft.
Space: 15 ft./10 ft.
Base Attack +8; Grapple +20
Attack: 8 bites +11 melee
Full Attack: 8 bites +11 melee
Special Attacks/Actions: Breath Weapon
Abilities: Str 19, Dex 12, Con 20, Int 2, Wis 10, Cha 9
Special Qualities: fast healing 18, fire Immunity, vulnerable to cold
Feats: Combat Reflexes; Iron Will; Toughness; Weapon Focus (bite)
Skills: Listen +7, Spot +8, and Swim +12
Climate/Terrain: Warm marsh and underground
Treasure/Possessions: 1/10 coins, 50% goods, 50% items
Hydras can attack with all their heads at no penalty, even if they move or charge during the round.
These hydras have bodies that are immune to all attacks (but see below). The only way to slay a Lernaean hydra normally is to sever all its heads. However, each time a head is severed, two new heads spring from the stump in 1d4 rounds. A Lernaean hydra can never have more than twice its original number of heads at any one time, and any extra heads it gains beyond its original number wither and die within a day.
To prevent a severed head from growing back into two, at least 5 points of fire or acid damage must be dealt to the stump (AC 19) before the new heads appear.
Spells such as disintegrate, finger of death, and slay living kill a Lernaean hydra outright if they succeed. If the spell deals damage on a successful save, that damage is directed against one of the hydra's heads.
These reddish hydras can breathe jets of fire 10 feet high, 10 feet wide, and 20 feet long. All heads breathe once every 1d4 rounds. Each jet deals 3d6 damage per head. A successful Reflex save halves the damage. The save DC is 10 + 1/2 hydra's original number of heads + the hydra's Constitution modifier.
Fire Subtype (Ex): Fire immunity; double damage from cold except on a successful save.
Skills: Hydras receive a +2 racial bonus to Listen and Spot checks, thanks to their multiple heads.
Feats: A hydra's Combat Reflexes feat allows it to use all its heads for attacks of opportunity each round.
A creature with the fire subtype has immunity to fire. It has vulnerability to cold, which means it takes half again as much (+50%) damage as normal from cold, regardless of whether a saving throw is allowed, or if the save is a success or failure.