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Beetle, Giant Slicer (3pp)

This creature appears as a giant beetle with a triangular head and two long, razor sharp mandibles. Its body is black in color.

Giant Slicer Beetle CR 4

XP 1,200
N Large vermin
Init +0; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +0

DEFENSE

AC 17, touch 9, flat-footed 17 (+8 natural, –1 size)
hp 37 (5d8+15)
Fort +7; Ref +1; Will +1
Immune mind-affecting effects

OFFENSE

Speed 20 ft.
Melee type +8 (2d8+9/19-20)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks vorpal bite

TACTICS

The slicer beetle attacks by biting with its mandibles. A critical hit by the slicer beetle has a chance of severing a foe’s arm or leg.

STATISTICS

Str 23, Dex 10, Con 16, Int —, Wis 10, Cha 9
Base Atk +3; CMB +10; CMD 20 (28 vs. trip)
Feats Improved Critical (bite)B

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Vorpal Bite (Ex)

The mandibles of a slicer beetle are extremely sharp. It gains Improved Critical (bite) as a bonus feat. The mandibles can sever body parts from opponents. If a slicer beetle scores a natural 20 on its attack roll and confirms the critical hit, it severs one of the opponent’s extremities (roll 1d6: 1-3 arm, 4-6 leg; 50% chance of either right or left).

ECOLOGY

Environment temperate forests
Organization solitary or cluster (2–5)
Treasure incidental

The slicer beetle closely resembles a large stag beetle and is often mistaken for such. However, the slicer beetle is more aggressive than the stag beetle. The creature dines on carrion, fresh meat, and leaves. Stag beetles are about 10 feet long, but can grow to lengths of 20 feet or more.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Giant Slicer Beetle from the Tome of Horrors Complete, Copyright 2011, Necromancer Games, Inc., published and distributed by Frog God Games; Author Scott Greene, based on original material by Gary Gygax.