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Template Grafts | Universal Monster Rules

Simple Grafts

Simple template grafts are designed to allow a GM to quickly and easily adjust a stat block in minor ways to represent new creatures. Most simple template grafts do little more than add a subtype, adjust one form of movement, and alter how a creature deals or takes damage. They can be used to create versions of creatures appropriate to specific environments or planes of existence. For example, the summon creature spell adds the astral, celestial, or fiendish simple template grafts to summoned creatures that are not already outsiders or extraplanar beings, which represents versions of those creatures native to other planes.

A GM can apply more than one simple template graft where appropriate, but in most cases she should not add more than two or three to a single creature. Even templates that seem opposed can be added to create specific kinds of monsters (a creature that lives in steam vents at the bottom of a boiling ocean might have both the aquatic and fiery simple template grafts, which could otherwise seem an unusual combination). Decide the order in which to apply the simple template grafts, and follow the instructions of each graft in order. A template graft with a CR requirement lists it in parentheses.

Simple template grafts can also be used to populate new worlds whose native flora and fauna haven’t yet been extensively detailed, or to distinguish a specific creature as a unique leader, mutant, or advanced version of common creatures. A GM can also choose to design new simple template grafts similar to these to create even more variety among the denizens of the galaxy.

Aerial (CR 1+)

Source Alien Archive pg. 150
Aerial creatures are native denizens of the Elemental Plane of Air, gas giant planets, or similar landless environments, and have unique adaptations to help them survive there.
Grafts: Add the air subtype graft (fly speed should equal creature’s fastest movement speed).
Traits: Half of the damage dealt by its natural attacks becomes electricity damage; if the creature is from the Elemental Plane of Air, it gains the extraplanar subtype when it isn’t on that plane.