It was just last month that we released our latest Pathfinder adventure Deadly Delves: The Dragon’s Dream. This amazing high-level Pathfinder adventure is a perfect way to move through he upper levels of play. It features high level challenges, monsters, traps, haunts and much more. We already shared one of those high level monsters—the godling. Today we are sharing with you another one of those terrors, the jack-in-irons.
This monster is nothing but a chain inhabited by a spirit—whether angry, confused, or in pain—making it an undead creature. It is difficult to hit, owing to the fact that a miss just passes right through the links. Atop a mound of hit points and resistance to spells and channeled energy, it can hit with a melee attack out to a range of 120 feet. this means that just about anywhere you can see is a potential place for it to kill something. It originally appeared in the Book of Beasts: Legendary Foes, a monster book for high level games. You run a high level game download this adventure and monster book from the JBE Shop today.
Jack-In-Irons CR 17
CE Medium undead
Init +7; Senses bloodsense 60 ft., darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +34
Aura frightful presence (120 ft.; DC 29)
32, touch 17, flat-footed 25 (+7 Dex, +15 natural)
channel resistance +4, hardness 10; Immune
cold, spiked chain, undead traits; SR
vulnerable to force damage
20 ft.; fly 20 ft. (poor)
6 spiked chains +28 (2d4+8/19–20 plus grab)
5 ft.; Reach
chain command, rend (2 spiked chains, 2d4+12), sundering rend
+27 (+31 grapple, sunder); CMD
44 (46 vs. sunder)
Bleeding Critical, Combat Refexes, Critical Focus, Disruptive, Great Fortitude, Greater Penetrating Strike, Greater Sunder, Hover, Improved Sunder, Penetrating Strike, Power Attack (–5/+10), Spellbreaker, Weapon Focus (spiked chain)
Fly +32, Intimidate +35, Knowledge (religion) +31, Perception +34, Sense Motive +34, Stealth +36
A jack-in-irons knows if any creature within 60 feet has ever killed a living creature.
Chain Command (Su)
All chains (including spiked chains) within 120 feet of a jack-in-irons are under this undead creature’s command. A creature wielding a spiked chain within 120 feet of a jack-in-irons must succeed on an opposed Charisma check against the jack-in-irons to attack with the weapon. On a failed check, the creature cannot wield its weapon in combat.
Fighter’s Iron (Ex)
A jack-in-irons counts as a 19th-level fighter for purposes of qualifying for feats.
Spiked Chain Immunity (Su)
A jack-in-irons is immune to damage from spiked chains.
Spiked Chains (Ex)
A jack-in-irons’ spiked chains threaten a critical hit on a 19–20. These spiked chains cannot be disarmed.
Sundering Rend (Ex)
A jack-in-irons can perform a sunder attempt with its spiked chains. If two spiked chains successfully deal damage to an object with a sunder attempt, they automatically deal rend damage to the sundered object.