Beetle, Giant Fire

This housecat-sized beetle is a dull brown color brightened by two glowing green-yellow spots on its carapace.

Fire Beetle CR 1/3

XP 135
N Small vermin
Init +0; Senses low-light vision; Perception +0


AC 12, touch 11, flat-footed 12 (+1 natural, +1 size)
hp 4 (1d8)
Fort +2, Ref +0, Will +0
Immune mind-affecting effects


Speed 30 ft., fly 30 ft. (poor)
Melee bite +1 (1d4)


Str 10, Dex 11, Con 11, Int —, Wis 10, Cha 7
Base Atk +0; CMB –1; CMD 9 (17 vs. trip)
Skills Fly –2
SQ luminescence


Luminescence (Ex)

A fire beetle’s glowing glands provide light in a 10-foot radius. A dead fire beetle’s luminescent glands continue to glow for 1d6 days after its death.


Environment any
Organization solitary, cluster (2–6) or colony (7–12)
Treasure none

Although nocturnal, the fire beetle lacks darkvision—it relies on its own glowing glands for illumination. Caged fire beetles are a popular source of long-lasting illumination among eccentrics and miners.

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