A heap of golden coins shifts and moves before suddenly skittering forward on thousands of tiny legs.
Golden Scarab Swarm CR 6
Special Attacks distraction (DC 17)
Aura of Dread (Su)
When a golden scarab swarm takes flight, the buzzing hiss of their wings creates a sense of dread in all creatures within 30 feet.
A golden scarab swarm can hold itself so still that it appears to be a pile of gold coins. A golden scarab swarm that uses freeze can take 20 on its Stealth check to hide in plain sight as a pile of gold coins.
Scour Flesh (Ex)
A golden scarab swarm will begin to devour any creature that remains in its space for too long.
Tomb Rot (Ex)
Tomb rot resists magical healing; anyone casting a conjuration (healing) spell on the afflicted creature must succeed at a DC 20 caster level check, or the spell is wasted and the healing has no effect. The save DC is Constitution-based.
Environment warm deserts
Organization solitary, pair, or infestation (3-6)
Golden scarab beetles inhabit dry desert regions. Massive swarms of the creatures shelter in caves, ancient underground crypts, and tombs. Golden scarab swarms hunt any living creatures they can find and can scour their prey down to bare skeletons in a matter of minutes. Feeding on the mummified corpses found in the many hidden desert burial sites has also made these vermin carriers of tomb rot, a lesser but still deadly version of the infamous mummy rot disease.
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