Dragonfly, Giant

This glittering blue dragonfly is about the size of a horse and is large enough to carry off small farm animals or people.

Dragonfly, Giant CR 4

XP 1,200
N Medium vermin
Init +2; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +1


AC 17, touch 12, flat-footed 15 (+2 Dex, +5 natural)
hp 45 (7d8+14)
Fort +7, Ref +4, Will +3
Immune mind-affecting effects


Speed 20 ft., fly 80 ft. (perfect)
Melee bite +9 (2d8+6 plus grab)
Special Attacks darting charge


Str 19, Dex 15, Con 14, Int –, Wis 12, Cha 9
Base Atk +5; CMB +9 (+13 grappling, or +17 grappling on a charge); CMD 21 (29 vs. trip)
Feats Flyby AttackB
Skills Fly +10


Darting Charge (Ex)

A giant dragonfly is adept at swooping in to attack prey with a powerful bite and then, just as quickly, swooping back up out of reach. As a result, a giant dragonfly gains Flyby Attack as a bonus feat. In addition, if a giant dragonfly charges while flying, it receives a +4 bonus on CMB checks made to grapple foes.


Environment temperate or warm land
Organization solitary or flight (2–5)
Treasure incidental

Giant dragonflies are rare compared to other varieties of giant insects, and fortunately so, since they are voracious hunters of warm-blooded prey, including humanoids.

The creatures typically lair in overgrown or lightly wooded areas, using foliage as cover. When they spot potential prey out in the open, the dragonflies swoop to the attack, using their superior flight speed and maneuverability to run most prey to ground or carrying off smaller foes to eat them somewhere safe. Giant dragonflies feed on carrion when fresh prey is not available, and the scent of a fresh kill often attracts them.

Many swamp-dwelling cultures attach religious significance to brightly colored and ravenous giant dragonflies, particularly boggards. The frog-men attach particular significance to a giant dragonfly’s color, and their priest-kings often refuse to eat anything but specific colors of giant dragonflies.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 2, © 2010, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Authors Wolfgang Baur, Jason Bulmahn, Adam Daigle, Graeme Davis, Crystal Frasier, Joshua J. Frost, Tim Hitchcock, Brandon Hodge, James Jacobs, Steve Kenson, Hal MacLean, Martin Mason, Rob McCreary, Erik Mona, Jason Nelson, Patrick Renie, Sean K Reynolds, F. Wesley Schneider, Owen K.C. Stephens, James L. Sutter, Russ Taylor, and Greg A. Vaughan, based on material by Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, and Skip Williams.

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