Dire Pangolin

Large beast, unaligned

Armor Class 16 (natural armor)
Hit Points 82 (11d10 + 22)
Speed 30 ft., climb 20 ft.

18 (+4) 11 (+0) 15 (+2) 3 (–4) 12 (+1) 7 (–2)

Skills Perception +3
Damage Resistances poison
Senses passive Perception 13
Challenge 4 (1100 XP)
Proficiency Bonus +2


  • Edged Scales. A creature that touches the pangolin or hits it with a melee attack while within 5 feet of it takes 4 (1d8) slashing damage.
  • Keen Hearing and Smell. The pangolin has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on hearing or smell.


  • Multiattack. The pangolin makes two Claws attacks and one Tail Slap attack.
  • Claws. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (2d6 + 4) slashing damage.
  • Tail Slap. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 8 (1d8 + 4) piercing damage, and the target must succeed on a DC 14 Strength saving throw or be knocked prone.
  • Tuck In. The dire pangolin curls its entire body, forming an armored ball. While an armored ball, it moves by rolling, has resistance to bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage, is immune to the prone condition, and it can’t make Claw or Tail Slap attacks or climb. The dire pangolin can uncurl its body as a bonus action.


A pangolin as big as an ox uses its foreclaws and sharp armored plates to rip apart the bole of a large tree. Its long tongue snakes into the opening and slurps out swarms of ants.

Equipped with keen instincts, sharp claws, and keratinous scales that would make a dwarven armorer envious, dire pangolins are deadly.

Fierce Tree Dwellers. Too big to burrow effectively, dire pangolins live in temperate forests and warm plains, resting in the upper boughs of trees at night. Unlike their small cousins, dire pangolins are fierce when fought. Some docile denizens of the forests and plains develop symbiotic relationships with dire pangolins, relying on their bulk and demeanor for protection, in exchange for help finding ant nests or scouting out predators.

Insectivores. Dire pangolins subsist entirely on insects and take great delight when encountering swarms of ants, beetles, termites, and centipedes. Pangolins have adapted a resistance to most poisons as a result of their choice of prey. Because of their size, dire pangolins are especially equipped to prey upon giant insects, though they adjust their hunting tactics to ambush from trees. Dire pangolins are particularly aggressive toward giant ants, though encounters between them often end in stalemates.

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