Tenebrous Purple Worm

This massive creature looks like a gigantic worm with dark blackish-gray flesh and whose body is covered in thousands, perhaps millions, of tiny black bristles. Two oversized mandibles flank its mouth.

Tenebrous Purple Worm CR 15

XP 51,200
N Gargantuan outsider (extraplanar)
Init –2; Senses darkvision 60 ft., tremorsense 60 ft.; Perception +18


AC 32, touch 4, flat-footed 32 (–2 Dex, +28 natural, –4 size)
hp 232 (16d10+144)
Fort +19; Ref +8; Will +4


Speed 20 ft., burrow 20 ft., swim 10 ft.
Melee bite +26 (4d8+13/19–20 plus 2d6 acid and grab), sting +26 (2d8+13 plus poison)
Space 20 ft.; Reach 15 ft.
Special Attacks bristles (DC 27), poison, swallow whole (4d8+19 bludgeoning damage, AC 24, 20 hp)


Str 37, Dex 6, Con 29, Int 1, Wis 8, Cha 10
Base Atk +16; CMB +33 (+37 grapple); CMD 41
Feats Awesome Blow, Critical Focus, Improved Bull Rush, Improved Critical (bite), Power Attack, Staggering Critical, Weapon Focus (bite, sting)
Skills Perception +18, Swim +21


Bristles (Ex)

Reflex DC 27; Fort DC 27; 3d6 Con. The save DCs are Constitution–based.

Poison (Ex)

Sting—Injury; save Fort DC 27; frequency 1/round for 6 rounds; effect 1d4 Strength damage; cure 3 consecutive saves.

Editor’s Note


Environment Plane of Shadow
Organization solitary
Treasure incidental

The body of a tenebrous purple worm is 5 feet in diameter and 80 feet long, weighing about 40,000 pounds. The creature has a poisonous stinger in its tail.

In battle, a tenebrous purple worm forms into a coil 20 feet in diameter, biting with its acidic bite and stinging anything within reach.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Tenebrous Purple Worm from the Tome of Horrors Complete, Copyright 2011, Necromancer Games, Inc., published and distributed by Frog God Games; Author Scott Greene.

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