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Giant Bumblebee

Giant Bumblebee, By Imkerei Hablützel - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,
By Imkerei Hablützel – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

The wings of this massive bumblebee create a thunderous droning.

Originally Posted by Shade of the En World forums.

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Giant bumblebees spend their time pollinating giant flora while feeding upon the sweet nectar.

A giant bumblebee is 7 to 10 feet long. Coloration ranges from black with yellow, orange, or red bands, to entirely black.

Bumblebee, Giant
Large vermin
Hit Dice6d8+18 (45 hp)
Speed20 ft. (4 squares), Fly 60 ft. (poor)
Armor Class15 (-1 size, +1 Dexterity, +5 natural), touch 10, flat-footed 14
Base Attack/Grapple+4/+12
AttackSting +7 melee (1d6+6 plus poison)
Full AttackSting +7 melee (1d6+6 plus poison)
Space/Reach10 ft./5 ft.
Special AttacksPoison
Special QualitiesDarkvision 60 ft., vermin traits
SavesFort +7, Ref +3, Will +3
AbilitiesStrength 18, Dexterity 12, Constitution 14, Intelligence —, Wisdom 13, Charisma 11
SkillsSpot +5, Survival +1*
FeatsHover (B)
EnvironmentTemperate plains
OrganizationSolitary or nest (2-7)
Challenge Rating3
AlignmentAlways neutral
Advancement7-12 HD (Large); 13-18 HD (Huge)
Level Adjustment


Giant bumblebees generally won’t bother other creatures, but will deliver a painful sting if threatened or otherwise disturbed.

Poison (Ex): Injury, Fortitude DC 17, initial and secondary damage 1d4 Constitution. The save DC is Constitution-based and includes a +2 racial bonus. Unlike other giant bees, a giant bumblebee that successfully stings another creature does not leave its stinger in the creature (and does not die).

Skills: Giant bumblebees have a +4 racial bonus on Spot checks. *They also have a +4 racial bonus on Survival checks to orient themselves.

Originally appeared in Monster Manual II (1983).

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