This creature appears as a giant beetle with a triangular head and two long, razor sharp mandibles. Its body is black in color.
Giant Slicer Beetle CR 4
Speed 20 ft.
Melee type +8 (2d8+9/19-20)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks vorpal bite
The slicer beetle attacks by biting with its mandibles. A critical hit by the slicer beetle has a chance of severing a foe’s arm or leg.
The mandibles of a slicer beetle are extremely sharp. It gains Improved Critical (bite) as a bonus feat. The mandibles can sever body parts from opponents. If a slicer beetle scores a natural 20 on its attack roll and confirms the critical hit, it severs one of the opponent’s extremities (roll 1d6: 1-3 arm, 4-6 leg; 50% chance of either right or left).
Environment temperate forests
Organization solitary or cluster (2–5)
The slicer beetle closely resembles a large stag beetle and is often mistaken for such. However, the slicer beetle is more aggressive than the stag beetle. The creature dines on carrion, fresh meat, and leaves. Stag beetles are about 10 feet long, but can grow to lengths of 20 feet or more.
Giant Slicer Beetle from the Tome of Horrors Complete, Copyright 2011, Necromancer Games, Inc., published and distributed by Frog God Games; Author Scott Greene, based on original material by Gary Gygax.