Ankheg, Worldeater

The massive insect-like creature has a void-black exoskeleton that seems to absorb all ambient light. Its back opens with a wet ripping sound to reveal giant buzzing wings. Mature worldeater ankheg range from 16-20 feet long and weigh 5,000-6,000 pounds.

Worldeater Ankheg CR 12

XP 19,200
Combat (barbaric)
NE Huge magical beast
Init +0; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +15


AC 25, touch 8, flat-footed 25 (+17 natural, -2 size)
hp 170 (11d12+99)
Fort +18, Ref +7, Will +9
Defensive Abilities timeless (no breath); Immune acid; Resist cold 10, fire 10


Speed 40 ft., burrow 20 ft., fly (average) 40 ft.
Melee bite +20 (2d6+11 plus 1d4 acid and grab), wings +15 (1d8+5), 2 pincers +14 (2d6+5)
Space 15 ft., Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks spit acid, swallow whole (1d6 acid damage, AC 18, 17 hp)


Str 33, Dex 11, Con 29, Int 10, Wis 22, Cha 18
Base Atk +11; CMB +24 (+28 grapple); CMD 34 (42 vs. trip)
Feats Blind-Fight, Critical Focus, Die Hard, Endurance, Great Fortitude, Vital Strike
Skills Fly +1, Perception +15, Stealth +6 (+14 dim light); Racial Modifiers +8 Stealth in dim-light
Languages Aklo (can’t speak)


Spit Acid (Ex)

Once every 6 hours, a worldeater ankheg can spit a 30-foot line of acid. Creatures struck by this acid take 13d4 points of acid damage (Reflex DC 24 halves). Once a worldeater ankheg uses this attack, it must wait 6 hours before using it again. Additionally, during this time, its bite attack does not inflict any additional acid damage. The save DC is Constitution-based.


Environment any (vacuum)
Organization solitary, pair, nest (3 12), or swarm (100 1000)
Treasure incidental

Massive swarms of worldeater ankhegs spend generations flying from planet to planet through the great void. The creatures enter a state of deep hibernation as they drift, with the swarm waking in fits and starts to cannibalize itself. Sometimes this causes the hive to dwindle away to almost nothing, but a sizable remnant spells doom for living worlds. The ankhegs descend like alien locusts, breeding in ever-growing numbers, and devouring anything in their path.

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