Wurm, Greater, Sand (CR 15)

Large Dragon
Alignment: Usually lawful neutral
Initiative: +5 (+1 Dex, +4 Improved Initiative); Senses: keen senses, Listen +12, and Spot +12
Languages: Draconic (although older wurms learn to speak Druidic, Sylvan, and Elven)


AC: 22 (-1 size, +1 Dex, +12 natural), touch 10, flat-footed 21
Hit Dice: 12d12+48 (126 hp)
Fort +12, Ref +9, Will +11
Speed: 40 ft., burrow 20 ft.
Space: 10 ft./5 ft.
Base Attack +12; Grapple +12
Attack: Bite +20 melee, tail slap +17 melee, 2 claws +17 melee
Full Attack: Bite +20 melee, tail slap +17 melee, 2 claws +17 melee
Damage: Bite 2d6+8, tail slap 1d6+4, claw 1d8+4
Special Attacks/Actions: Breath weapon (cone of contact poison 2d6 Dex DC20)
Abilities: Str 26, Dex 12, Con 18, Int 14, Wis 6, Cha 4
Special Qualities: spells (CL 12)
Feats: Improved Initiative; Multiattack Track; Weapon Focus (bite)
Skills: Climb +18, Hide +7*, Jump +17, Knowledge (nature) +12, Listen +12, Move Silently +10, Spot +12, Survival +13, and Swim +18*
Advancement: Greater wurm 13-19 HD (Large)
Climate/Terrain: Any desert
Organization: Solitary or pair (1-2)
Treasure: Standard

Source: Dragon #296

Combat

Breath Weapon: Wurms create special liquids in sacs behind their jaws. Once a wurm uses its breath weapon, it can't use it again for 1d4 rounds. A blast from a breath weapon always leaves from the wurm's mouth and extends in the direction of the wurm's choice. A sand wurm can exhale a cloud of contact 2d8 poison that extends outward from the wurm in a cone. Creatures in the area must make a Fortitude saving throw when first exposed to avoid the initial poison damage and a second saving throw minute later. Dexterity damage is temporary. Unconsciousness lasts for 1d3 hours.

Tremorsense (Ex): While underground, a sand wurm can automatically sense the location of any moving thing within 90 feet that is in contact with the ground.

Sand Walk (Ex): A sand wurm is as sure-footed on shifting sand as on solid ground and never needs to make a Balance check to move on sand during normal conditions.

Improved Grab (Ex): To use this ability, the wurm must hit with its tail slap attack. If it gets a hold, it can constrict.

Constrict (Ex): The wurm can coil around its prey to deal its constriction damage plus tail slap damage with a successful grapple check against any creature of equal size or smaller.

Keen Senses (Ex): Wurms see four times as well as a human in low light conditions and twice as well in normal light. They also have darkvision with a range of 60 feet.

Spells: A wurm knows and casts divine spells as a druid as shown below, gaining bonus spells for a high Wisdom score.

Skills*: Wurms have a natural coloration and limited chameleon ability that grants them a +8 racial bonus to Hide checks in their home environment (a forest wurm in a forest). In addition, wurms with a climb or swim speed receive a +8 racial bonus to Climb or Swim skill checks depending on which movement type they have.