Small construct, unaligned

Armor Class 15 (natural armor)
Hit Points 18 (4d6 + 4)
Speed 25 ft., climb 15 ft.

10 (+0) 15 (+2) 12 (+1) 4 (-3) 10 (+0) 7 (-2)

Condition Immunities charmed, exhaustion, frightened, paralyzed, poisoned
Senses blindsight 120 ft., passive Perception 10
Languages Understands the languages of its creator but can’t speak
Challenge 1/4 (50 XP)

Special Traits

  • Constructed Nature. Xanka do not require air, food, drink, or sleep.


This small metallic globe skitters about on many-jointed legs.


Cleaning Constructs. Created by gnomish tinkerers, xanka are constructs whose purpose is cleaning up their masters’ messy workshops. Most xanka are built from copper, brass, or bronze, but gold, silver, and platinum varieties have been seen in the houses of nobles and rich merchants. Xanka are not built for fighting-their instinct tells them to skitter for cover when danger threatens-but they will defend themselves when cornered.

Follow Commands. These constructs only obey simple commands that relate to the removal of garbage. They communicate with each other, but how they do it is unknown.

Absorb Matter. When a xanka touches matter with its globular body, it absorbs that matter into itself and breaks it down into energy, so that it can seek out more matter to absorb. Gnomes use them to keep the halls and streets clear of refuse. Xanka can absorb matter equaling half their body size every 6 seconds, but all this absorbing and converting doesn’t alter the xanka’s size.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

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