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Giant Stag Beetle

The giant stag beetle is larger than a horse, and the sight of one flying (if slowly and somewhat clumsily) on great buzzing wings is unnerving. Its enormous mandibles are used to impress mates, intimidate rivals, and discourage predators, for they can deliver deadly blows. While giant stag beetles are deadly predators, they can be domesticated by skilled wranglers. In such a capacity, these beetles serve well as beasts of burden or even as mounts.

Giant stag beetles can be a serious menace in marshes, cavern complexes, and heavy forests. More than one logging camp has attracted a cluster of giant stag beetles and had to be completely abandoned, yielding all its lumber to the hunger of the giant insects.

Recall Knowledge - Animal (Nature): DC 19

Giant Stag BeetleCreature 4

Source Bestiary pg. 41
Perception +10; darkvision
Skills Acrobatics +9, Athletics +13
Str +5, Dex +1, Con +5, Int -5, Wis +2, Cha -1
AC 22; Fort +13, Ref +9, Will +8
HP 55
Speed 20 feet, fly 20 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action mandibles +13 [+8/+3], Damage 2d8+5 piercingMelee Single ActionSingle Action foot +11 [+6/+1], Damage 1d10+5 bludgeoningTrample Three ActionsThree Actions Medium or smaller, foot, DC 21

All Monsters in "Beetle"

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Giant Stag Beetle4


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.

Sidebar - Related Creatures 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.

Sidebar - Treasure and Rewards 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.