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Flash Beetle

These 3-foot-long insects boast a pair of glowing organs on the back of the abdomen that give off bright light and that continue to glow for days, even after the creature’s death. Flash beetles are commonly herded and harvested by miners and spelunkers, as their glow is considered safer than torches and less expensive than lamps. Denizens of the Darklands often domesticate and train these insects, using them as pets, livestock, or caging them to use as organic sources of light in areas frequented by visitors unaccustomed to the darkness.

Recall Knowledge (Nature): DC 13

Flash BeetleCreature -1

NSmallAnimal
Source Bestiary pg. 41
Perception +6; low-light vision
Skills Acrobatics +6, Athletics +4
Str +1, Dex +3, Con +2, Int -5, Wis +1, Cha -2
AC 13, Fort +5, Ref +8, Will +4
HP 6
Luminescent Aura (aura, light) 10 feet. The flash beetle’s bioluminescent organs fill the area with bright light.
Speed 20 feet, fly 15 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action mandibles +8 (agile, finesse), Damage 1d4+1 piercingLight Flash Single ActionSingle Action (concentrate, light) The flash beetle creates a brilliant flash of light. All creatures in its luminescent aura must succeed at a DC 17 Fortitude save or be dazzled for 1 minute. The flash beetle’s glow then goes out, disabling its aura for 24 hours, during which time it cannot use Light Flash.

All Monsters in "Beetle"

NameLevel
Flash Beetle-1
Giant Stag Beetle4

Beetle

Source Bestiary pg. 41
Not all beetles are harmless creatures that can be easily crushed underfoot. Oversized and ravenous giant beetles can be found throughout the temperate and tropical regions of the world. They are often benign creatures, though when threatened or roused, giant beetles are quite dangerous. Their powerful mandibles and tough exoskeletons make for a challenging combatant.

Beetle Species

Numerous other species of giant beetle exist in the wilds. Duergars train deep-dwelling beetles as mounts and guardians. Bombardier beetles can spew caustic acid as a potent attack. And the truly immense goliath beetles can devastate entire buildings or even castles with frightening ease.

Beetle Treasures

Beetles do not collect treasure, but the two light-producing organs of a flash beetle can be recovered from the creature and used for illumination-based chemical recipes, spell components, and magic item creation.