Tiny beast, unaligned

Armor Class 15 (natural armor)
Hit Points 18 (4d4 + 8)
Speed 10 ft., climb 10 ft.

3 (-4) 14 (+2) 15 (+2) 1 (-5) 10 (+0) 6 (-2)

Senses blindsight 20 ft., passive Perception 13
Languages understands Common but can’t speak
Challenge 0 (10 XP)


  • False Appearance. While the goldbug remains motionless, it is indistinguishable from a gold coin.
  • Scent Gold. The goldbug can pinpoint, by scent, the location of gold within 60 feet of it.


  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 1 piercing and 1 poison damage, and the target must succeed on a DC 11 Constitution saving throw or be poisoned for 1 hour.


The goldbug is a strange sort of insect, a creature whose round, flat body resembles a gold coin. This disguise helps goldbugs get close to their prized food source: gold. When placed in a pouch or chest along with the gold coins it resembles, a goldbug will happily devour the coins at the rate of one per day. Goldbugs live underground near veins of gold and are common in areas where gold is used as coinage and in art objects.

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