Giyena (CR 1)

A small creature with a slightly hunched back chatters as it approaches. Glassy eyes sit atop its bat-like maw.

Giyena (CR 1)

XP 400
N Small animal
Init +3; Senses blindsense 30 ft.; Perception +0


AC 14, touch 14, flat-footed 11 (+3 Dex, +1 size)
hp 11 (2d8+2)
Fort +4, Ref +6, Will +0
Weaknesses dead weight, sonar sensitivity


Speed 30 ft.
Melee bite +3 (1d6+1)


Str 12, Dex 16, Con 13, Int 2, Wis 11, Cha 6
Base Atk +1; CMB +1; CMD 14 (18 vs. trip)
Feats Nimble Moves
Skills Climb +5, Stealth +11

Special Abilities

Blindsense (30 feet) (Ex) Sense things and creatures without seeing them.
Low-Light Vision See twice as far as a human in dim light, distinguishing color and detail.
Nimble Moves (5 ft/rd) Move through the listed amount of difficult terrain each rd as if it were normal terrain.

Dead Weight (Ex) Although quick and agile, giyenas are terrified of water and cannot swim in it. Any swim check is made with a -10 penalty, and the giyena immediately becomes panicked if submersed in a body of water.

Sonar Sensitivity (Ex) Though it can operate without vision using its sonar (as per their blindsense), a giyena’s simple eyes give it poor sight (mainly light and color) with an effective range of 30 feet. Because they can see, they are subject to attacks that affect sighted creatures (such as gaze attacks), but as they can still rely on their blindsense, they cannot be dazzled or blinded by sight-based attacks.

Loud noises interfere with the giyena’s sonar and may spook it. If affected by a spell with the sonic descriptor, a giyena must make a DC 11 will save or become frightened for 2d4 rounds. If a giyena moves more than 60 feet away from its target during this period, they will not re-engage unless threatened.


Environment cold or temperate forests and plains
Organization solitary, pair, or pack (3–12)
Treasure none

Giyena are small pack hunters with the body of a hyena and the ears and face of a vampire bat. Opportunist by nature, these beasts sustain themselves by scavenging the leftovers of larger predators or by attacking prey in overwhelming numbers. Often described as “laughing” when chasing down prey, giyenas actually use a type of biological sonar to navigate their environment through echolocation – they are nearly blind otherwise.

Because of their reliance on this sonar, giyenas are easily spooked by loud noises. They also cannot swim and are deathly afraid of water.fillermonster