Beetle, Saw-Toothed

Family: Beetles

Medium beast, unaligned

Armor Class 14 (natural armor)
Hit Points 39 (6d8 + 12)
Speed 30 ft.

15 (+2) 11 (+0) 14 (+2) 1 (-5) 10 (+0) 6 (-2)

Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 10
Challenge 1/2 (100 XP)


  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d8 + 2) piercing damage and the target is grappled (escape DC 12). Until the grapple ends, the target is restrained and the beetle cannot bite another target. A grappled target takes 6 (1d8 + 2) piercing damage at the start of each of the beetle’s turns.


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

Giant saw-toothed 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 DC 15 Wisdom (Perception) check 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 jagged mandibles and clamps down, holding on until the prey dies.

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Tome of Horrors © 2018, Frog God Games, LLC; Authors: Kevin Baase, Erica Balsley, John “Pexx” Barnhouse, Christopher Bishop, Casey Christofferson, Jim Collura, Andrea Costantini, Jayson ‘Rocky' Gardner, Zach Glazar, Meghan Greene, Scott Greene, Lance Hawvermale, Travis Hawvermale, Ian S. Johnston, Bill Kenower, Patrick Lawinger, Rhiannon Louve, Ian McGarty, Edwin Nagy, James Patterson, Nathan Paul, Patrick N. Pilgrim, Clark Peterson, Anthony Pryor, Greg Ragland, Robert Schwalb, G. Scott Swift, Greg A. Vaughan, and Bill Webb

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