Beetle, Requiem

This massive beetle has a dark red carapace, blackish-red wing covers, and black legs. Two large claw-like pincers protrude from its front slashing and ripping the very air around the creature. Its oversized mandibles are dark reddish-black.

Requiem Beetle CR 18

XP 153,600
N Gargantuan vermin
Init +1; Senses darkvision 60 ft., tremorsense 100 ft.; Perception +8


AC 31, touch 7, flat-footed 30 (+1 Dex, +24 natural, –4 size)
hp 345 (30d8+210)
Fort +24; Ref +11; Will +10
DR 10/—; Immune acid, mind-affecting effects


Speed 50 ft.
Melee 2 claws +29 (2d8+11 plus grab), bite +29 (2d10+11)
Space 20 ft.; Reach 15 ft.
Special Attacks constrict (4d6+11), earth-shaking, trample (2d8+16, DC 36)


Str 33, Dex 12, Con 24, Int —, Wis 11, Cha 2
Base Atk +22; CMB +37 (+41 grapple); CMD 48
Feats CleaveB, Power AttackB
Skills Acrobatics +1 (+9 jump) Perception +8; Racial Modifiers Acrobatics (+8 jump), +8 Perception


Earth-Shaking (Ex)

Whenever a requiem beetle moves more than 10 feet in a round, all creatures within 10 feet of the requiem beetle must succeed on a DC 34 Reflex save or fall prone. The save DC is Strength-based.


Environment warm mountains and underground
Organization solitary
Treasure none

Requiem beetles are beetles of enormous size reaching lengths of 100 feet or more. They make their lairs in remote mountainous regions or deep underground in massive caverns. A typical lair contains a solitary creature (no two have ever been encountered together). Mating and reproduction rituals and methods among requiem beetles are unknown to sages, though it is generally accepted that requiem beetles follow other similar beetle and vermin mating patterns.

These monsters sustain themselves on a diet of mosses, funguses, lichens, molds, and oozes. Their natural immunity to acid allows them to kill and digest most oozes without bother. Requiem beetles are mindless hunters, like other vermin, and simply kill and eat whatever they come across. When they deplete an area of its food source they simply move to another location.

Requiem beetles measure about 40 feet long and weigh about 18 tons. A requiem beetle charges into combat attempting to trample as many of its opponents as it can. It uses its massive pincers in battle to cut and tear its opponents or grab and squeeze them. Once a requiem beetle grabs a foe it rarely lets go until either it or the opponent is dead. If forced to flee, a requiem beetle does not release its prey, but instead, carries it off with it.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Requiem 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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