Templates give you an easy way to update a creature from a normal version to an elite version. Each template is assigned one or more roles, and—although it isn’t necessary—a creature is best served by using a template that matches its original role.
See the 4E Dungeon Master’s Guide for more on templates.
Achillean (Elite Brute or Soldier)
Through divine blessing or the immortal powers from beyond the astral sea, there come creatures of remarkable resilience. These undying creatures may appear only once every century, but they usually rise to a position of power or dominance over their own kind and even over other creatures. They are virtually indistinguishable from normal, bearing no obvious physical differences. Only when an attempt is made to wound them do their remarkable powers become apparent…