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Giant Dung Beetle, Tiny

Tiny beast, unaligned

Armor Class 14 (natural armor)
Hit Points 5 (2d4)
Speed 20 ft.; fly 10 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
10 (+0) 14 (+2) 11 (+0) 2 (-4) 10 (+0) 7 (-2)

Skills Athletics +2
Senses blindsight 30 feet, passive Perception 10
Languages
Challenge 0 (10 XP)

ACTIONS

  • Gore (Antlers). Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 10 ft., one creature. Hit: 2 (1d4) piercing damage.
  • Ram (No Antlers). Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 2 (1d3) bludgeoning damage.

ABOUT

Vermin of this sort subsist on dung and roll it into spherical balls that they push around, store in tunnels, or simply dwell within. Giant Dung Beetles can fly, albeit relatively slowly and clumsily, when they need to cross obstacles or the like. Their blindsight is based on a keen sense of smell that allows them to find the material that is their namesake.

There is virtually no limit, given enough time and dung, to the size such creatures can grow to, and a Large Giant Dung Beetle is about 10 feet long. Giant Dung Beetles often have large antlers that they can use in combat, but not all such monsters are not so equipped and those that are not simply ram threats to them instead.

The very largest Giant Dung Beetles can also trample man-sized creatures that get in their way. As creatures adapted to eating very soft food, however, dung beetles do not have an effective bite attack.

Giant Dung Beetles have great significance in some religions and their activities are seen as representations of the sun’s daily passage around the world and are widely are depicted throughout the country as scarabs, which represent the ideas of transformation, renewal, and resurrection. Both celestial and fiendish versions of such creatures exist, native to various heavenly and infernal realms, and might be found in or around the temples dedicated to a number of Aigyptian deities, particularly Khepri, god of the rising sun.

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