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Scarab Beetle, Giant

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A giant scarab beetle is a rightfully feared predator of the waste. It can tear the flesh off a victim in a matter of seconds, and it often surprises those wandering above its lair before they can defend themselves.

Originally Posted by Dracomortis of the Wizards Community forums.

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Giant scarab beetles are highly aggressive and attack even when not hungry or provoked.

Scarab Beetle Giant
Large vermin
Hit Dice9d8+18 (58 hp)
Speed30 ft. (6 squares), burrow 30 ft.
Armor Class19 (-1 size, +3 Dexterity, +7 natural), touch 12, flat-footed 16
Base Attack/Grapple+6/+14
AttackBite +9 melee (3d6+6)
Full AttackBite +9 melee (3d6+6)
Space/Reach10 ft./5 ft.
Special AttacksDesiccate
Special QualitiesDarkvision 60 ft., tremorsense 60 ft., vermin traits
SavesFort +8, Ref +7, Will +3
AbilitiesStrength 19, Dexterity 17, Constitution 15, Intelligence —, Wisdom 10, Charisma 9
EnvironmentWarm deserts
OrganizationSolitary, pair, swarm (6-11), or mass (11-20)
Challenge Rating5
AlignmentAlways neutral
Advancement10-18 HD (Large); 19-27 HD (Huge)
Level Adjustment


Giant scarab beetles usually wait beneath the sand until prey passes overhead, then bursts from hiding and grabs the closest opponent with its powerful jaws.

Desiccate (Ex) A giant scarab beetle can reduce a victim to nothing in mere seconds. Any living creature struck by a giant scarab beetle’s bite attack must make
a DC 16 Fortitude save or take 1d6 points of Constitution damage. A creature reduced to 0 Constitution by the scarab beetle is consumed completely. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Improved Grab (Ex) To use this ability, a giant scarab beetle must hit with its bite attack. It can then attempt to start a grapple as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity. If it wins the grapple check, it establishes a hold and automatically deals bite damage each round it maintains the grapple. A grappled foe is also subjected to the giant scarab beetle’s desiccate attack each round.

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