Previews for July and Beyond
By Mat Smith

Troll, Bladerager

A snarling and muscular giant lumbers into view, plates of steel embedded in its rubbery green skin. A cap of steel is riveted to its head, and steel claws are affixed to its hands. Blood oozes from around the plating and down the claws. The creature's wild eyes betray unthinkable agony.

A fire giant orders her bladerager
trolls into battle against dwarves

Bladerager Troll CR 8
Always CE Large giant
Init +3; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, scent; Listen +6, Spot +7
Languages Giant

AC 25, touch 12, flat-footed 22
(-1 size, +3 Dex, 5 natural, 8 steel plates)
hp 81 (6 HD); regeneration 5; death throes
Immune mind-affecting spells and abilities
Resist tortured mind
Fort +14, Ref +7, Will +4

Speed 20 ft. (4 squares)
Melee 2 claws +12 each (2d6+9)
and bite +10 (2d6+4)
Space 10 ft. Reach 10 ft.
Base Atk +4; Grp +17
Atk Options Power Attack, pounce, rend 4d6+13

Abilities Str 28, Dex 16, Con 28, Int 6, Wis 14, Cha 9
SA death throes, pounce, rend, tortured mind
Feats Lightning Reflexes, Multiattack, Power Attack
Skills Listen +6, Spot +7
Advancement by character class; Favored Class fighter

Regeneration (Ex) Fire and acid deal normal damage to a bladerager troll. If a bladerager troll loses a limb or body part, the lost portion regrows in 5 minutes. The creature can reattach a severed member instantly by holding it to the stump.

Death Throes (Ex) A bladerager troll is designed to be a bomb by its sinister masters. When a bladerager troll dies, it explodes, propelling shrapnel in a 30-foot-radius burst. Those caught in the area take 5d6 points of piercing damage (Reflex DC 22 half). The save DC is Constitution-based.

Tortured Mind (Ex) A bladerager troll's mind has been torn to shreds by the constant pain of its implanted armor. Anyone who makes direct contact with a bladerager troll's tortured mind (such as by using a detect thoughts spell) takes 1d4 points of Wisdom damage.

Pounce (Ex) If a bladerager troll charges a foe, it can make a full attack.

Rend (Ex) A bladerager troll that hits with both claw attacks latches onto the opponent's body and tears the flesh. This attack deals an extra 4d6+13 points of damage.

Strategies and Tactics

Bladerager trolls immediately charge any foe they see, pounce upon that opponent, and rend it to pieces. Their masters usually unleash these vicious creatures as shock troops and suicide squads.

Sample Encounters

Bladerager trolls are created, not born, so they are usually found with their masters. Since they are military creatures, they can be found in squads of two to ten when in such service. When they are not under a master's control, bladerager trolls are unable to abide the company of others without lashing out to relieve their agony, so they are encountered as solitary creatures.

Renegade (EL 8): After escaping its fire giant handlers, a bladerager troll runs amok, preying on livestock and farmers on the edge of a frontier village. The savagery of its attacks is extreme even for a troll. Though the attacks left no survivors, those who come to deal with the menace can quickly determine that they're dealing with something like a troll but worse. Tracks at the locations of recent attacks suggest the giant is heavier but not much larger than normal, and the wounds on victims are more like those created by light weapons than claws. Stranger still, the troll didn't carry any valuables away from the sites of its attacks, despite the presence of such riches.

Assault Squad (EL 13): A fire giant (MM 121) with four freshly trained bladerager trolls has come down from the mountains to test the mettle of her new slaves.She starts with villages nearest the mountains and then moves farther into civilized territory.Her aim is not conquest.Instead, she wants to prove the efficacy of the trolls to her superiors.She keeps notes on the squad's performance, so the defeat of the assault squad and the capture of this information could lead to further dealings with the fire giants and their new military technology-the bladerager trolls.


Bladerager candidates are selected from among the hardiest troll specimens. These ill-fated giants are flayed alive as steel is riveted onto their bones and magically augmented to work with troll physiology. Claws are then mounted on their forearms, and enormous steel jaws resembling bear traps are screwed to their skulls.

Environment: Bladerager trolls are most commonly found near where normal trolls live and breed, usually in the vicinity of mountain ranges in colder climates. After their augmentation, bladerager trolls go where their masters send them. An independent bladerager troll wanders blindly, so it might be found far from where trolls normally range.

Typical Physical Characteristics: Bladeragers resemble mighty trolls that have armor plating covering large areas of their body, as well as steel claws and teeth. They are recognizable for what they are, but their grafts are horrific and bloody. Skin seems to seethe and recede around the armor due to the troll's regeneration ability, and blood sometimes escapes from near the edges of the troll's plating. A typical bladerager troll is slightly taller and broader than a normal troll, and the large amount of metal inserted into its body makes it weigh about 650 pounds.

Alignment: Trolls are fearless and remorseless hunters that know nothing of mercy, and bladeragers add unhealthy doses of madness and brutality to that foul demeanor. Bladerager trolls are always chaotic evil.

Typical Treasure

Bladerager trolls' tortured minds cannot grasp anything beyond pain, wholesale slaughter, and the need to feed. They carry and value no treasure. The trolls' master might be richer than normal after collecting the possessions of those slain by bladerager trolls.

Bladerager Trolls with Class Levels

Because of their constant agony, bladerager trolls have little ability to comprehend complex skills. They gain levels as fighters or barbarians, both of which are associated classes for the creatures.

Level Adjustment: +5.

Bladerager Trolls in Eberron

Knowledge (Nature)

DC Result

15 This is some sort of troll, but it seems to have had armor and weapons grafted to it.

18 This is a bladerager troll, a giant altered by others. Bladerager trolls are implanted with steel plates and claws. This augmentation inflicts constant agony on the trolls and makes them more dangerous than typical specimens. They can attack with all their grafted weapons after a mad charge.

23 The pain endured by bladerager trolls addles their minds. Mind-affecting spells and abilities cannot manipulate them, and those who contact a bladerager's mind suffer a portion of the troll's madness.

Bladeragers were once frontline troops in Xen'drik's armies, but the practice of outfitting trolls with implanted armor and weapons vanished with the fall of the giant civilization. In the southern reaches of the shattered land, a tribe of cloud giants recently unearthed an armoring chamber and thereby learned about the bladerager process. The cloud giants have begun enslaving trolls and transforming them into bladeragers, hoping these dangerous monstrosities can tip the balance in a war with several nearby clans of drow.

Bladerager Trolls in Faerūn

Bladerager trolls were first introduced to Faerūn in the armies of Zhentil Keep, but after that redoubt's shattering, they were unleashed upon the world at large. A good number of these renegade bladeragers wander the Moonsea region, wreaking havoc wherever they appear. One ogre tribe in Thar has captured a bladerager troll and uses it as an advance strike unit during battles.

Bladerager Troll Lore

Characters who have ranks in Knowledge (nature) can learn more about bladerager trolls. When a character makes a successful skill check, the following lore is revealed, including the information from lower DCs.


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