Dune Bug

Medium beast, unaligned

Armor Class 13 (natural armor)
Hit Points 22 (4d8 + 4)
Speed 35 ft.

13 (+1) 15 (+2) 13 (+1) 1 (-5) 11 (+0) 4 (-3)

Senses passive Perception 10
Challenge 1/2 (100 XP)


  • Slide. The dune bug can flip over and slide down dunes on its shell at double its normal speed.


  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d8 + 1) piercing damage.


A group of explorers climbs yet another sand dune. Once at the top, the party looks out at all the dunes stretching out to the horizon. Then a giant beetle crests the closest one, it flips onto its back and slides down.

Sand Species. These beasts are usually found in great numbers in the desert. Most of them live in burrows dug in the sand but some inhabit ruined temples and other old buildings.

Slip Sliding Around. Dune bugs can easily flip onto their backs and get back to their feet. To navigate dunes, the strange creatures flip onto their backs and slide down.

Insect Mount. Some Jinnan (page 68) use dune bugs as mounts. Every new moon there is a race down the highest dune with these beasts. The winner is showered with gold and other treasures.

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Monsters of the Wilderness: A Collection of Monsters for 5th Edition Copyright 2022 Cawood Publishing Author Andrew Cawood

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