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Water Bear

Starfinder Alien Archive 3 p.41

Level: 6
Price: 12500
Type: Gargantuan water vehicle (20 ft. wide, 50 ft. long, 20 ft. high)
Speed: 25 ft., full 600 ft., 65 mph (swim)
EAC: 18; KAC: 19; Cover: total cover
HP: 80 (40); Hardness: 10
Attack (Collision) (8d8 B, DC 10)
Modifiers: –2 Piloting, –4 attack (–8 at full speed)
System: autocontrol, expansion bays (2), planetary comm unit; Passenger: 8


Lucky salvagers sometimes find a dead giant space tardigrade that has shrunk to nearly a third of its original size after succumbing to a period of starvation or dehydration so lengthy as to overcome its remarkable durability. Such a carcass can be fashioned into a distinctive submersible vehicle—called a water bear—suitable for extreme underwater environments.


Some vehicles have autocontrol, which enables you to spend your actions on tasks other than piloting, but is far less capable than an autopilot. You can engage autocontrol as a swift action after taking a drive or race action, and it lasts until it is disengaged (also a swift action) or until the vehicle is no longer capable of moving. When you're using autocontrol, the vehicle becomes uncontrolled, but each round it moves in a straight line for the same distance and at the same heading and speed as the last pilot action (moving as if taking two drive actions if drive was the last action the pilot took, or as a race action if that was the last action the pilot took). The autocontrol uses the result of the pilot's most recent Piloting check as the result of its Piloting checks.

Planetary comm unit

A personal comm unit is pocket-sized device that combines a minor portable computer (treat as a tier-0 computer with no upgrades or modules) and a cellular communication device, allowing wireless communication with other comm units in both audio- and text-based formats at planetary range (see page 272).

Expansion Bay

Huge or Larger vehicles can contain one of the following starship expansion bay options (Core Rulebook 298), which is included in the vehicle's price: arcane laboratory, medical lab, passenger seating (though the expansion bay can hold only 8 Medium passengers), science lab, synthesis bay, or tech workshop. Alternatively, an expansion bay can be used to store cargo of up to 50 bulk in a 6-foot cube.

Enclosed (Ex)

In addition to having total cover, the pilot and passengers in an enclosed vehicle can't use their personal weapons to attack creatures and objects outside of the vehicle, though they can use the vehicle's weapons (if any).

Radiation Buffer (Ex)

The exterior of a water bear provides its occupants with full protection from low and medium levels of radiation and a +6 circumstance bonus to saving throws against higher levels of radiation, just like a 7th-level suit of armor.

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