Beetle, Giant Saw-Toothed

The most noticeable feature of this beast is its oversized mandibles, jagged and serrated. The beetle’s wing covers and carapace are silverygreen and have a dull sheen. Its legs are long and marked with spiraling bands of green and black.

Giant Saw-toothed Beetle CR 3

XP 800
N Medium vermin
Init +0; Senses darkvision 60 ft., scent; Perception +0


AC 18, touch 10, flat-footed 18 (+8 natural)
hp 32 (5d8+10)
Fort +6; Ref +1; Will +1
Immune mind-affecting effects


Speed 30 ft.
Melee bite +5 (2d6+3 plus grab)


Str 15, Dex 11, Con 14, Int —, Wis 10, Cha 6
Base Atk +3; CMB +5 (+9 grapple); CMD 15 (23 vs. trip)


Environment temperate forests
Organization cluster (2–5) or colony (6–11)
Treasure none

Giant saw-toothed or serrated beetles are deadly predators that hide in their burrows and ambush creatures that come too close. They make their homes in deep burrows on the forest floor and usually cover the opening with sticks, leaves, branches, and whatever else they can find. It takes a successful Perception check (DC 20) to notice a giant saw-toothed beetle’s hidden burrow.

These beetles form colonies of about ten creatures. They are highly aggressive creatures and actively seek sources of meat. Their usual diet consists of small forest animals such as rabbits, deer, or moles. They are even known to devour their own when food is short or when a member of the colony becomes sick or weak.

Giant saw-toothed beetles wait for their prey to come close to their burrow. Hiding at the edge of the burrow, the beetle sits motionless until its target is within range. It then charges out, grabs its target with its serrated mandibles and clamps down, holding on until the prey dies.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Giant Saw-Toothed Beetle 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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