Armadillo, Giant

Family: Armadillo

Large beast, unaligned

Armor Class 16 (natural armor)
Hit Points 51 (6d10 + 18)
Speed 20 ft., burrow 5 ft.

19 (+4) 9 (-1) 16 (+3) 2 (-4) 12 (+1) 5 (-3)

Senses passive Perception 11
Challenge 2 (450 XP)


  • Poor Eyesight. The giant armadillo has disadvantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on vision.


  • Multiattack. The giant armadillo makes two attacks with its claws.
  • Claws. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 8 (1d8 + 4) slashing damage.
  • Rollover (Recharge 3-6). When the giant armadillo has used its protective ball ability, on its next turn it can roll itself up to 20 feet in any direction. It can move through squares containing Medium or smaller creatures and its movement does not provoke opportunity attacks from those in its path. It can make a single attack roll against each such creature in its path; each successful hit deals 9 (1d10 + 4) bludgeoning damage, or half as much on a successful DC 13 Dexterity saving throw. Creatures failing their saving throw are likewise knocked prone.


  • Protective Ball. If attacked, the giant armadillo can roll up into a ball, increasing its AC to 18; however, its speed is reduced to 0 ft. for the remainder of its turn. It can unroll itself as a bonus action on its next turn, but this reduces it speed on its next turn by 10 feet.


These squat-bodied mammals are easily recognizable thanks to their distinctive leathery shells, which provide them with natural protection against numerous dangers and predators in their native environs. Armadillos have very poor eyesight, perceiving the world largely through scent and touch. They are exceptional diggers, and they burrow both to find food and to make their dens. When an armadillo goes underwater, it swallows air to increase its buoyancy, inflating its stomach up to twice its normal size so it won’t immediately sink. An armadillo is 2-1/2 feet long and weighs roughly 10 pounds.

The giant armadillo is often hunted for the value of its outer armor, made up of bony plates in turn composed of many smaller, knobby “scales.” The creature is quite capable of defending itself with swipes from its deadly claws, as its ill-tempered nature often urges it to do.

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