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First published in: Fiend Folio (1981)
It's a giant snail. With six tentacles tipped with a mace-head. The flail snail is the medieval fantasy equivalent of a children's drawing of an imagined superhero, "Gun Man! He's awesome and his arms are guns and he shoots bad guys with his gun arms." Notably, Paizo made the choice to return the Flail Snail to life in a Pathfinder bestiary.
How to use it: When you have a creature that is designed to be a weapon, it's best if the players instantly understand the purpose behind the design. A flail snail randomly found in a cavern will be scoffed at as an evolutionary joke; a pair of these creatures serving as the silent guardians at the flanks of a mace-wielding warrior mage seated on his throne instantly tell a story.