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Zombie, Purple Worm

Gargantuan undead, neutral evil

Armor Class 18 (natural armor)
Hit Points 247 (15d20 + 90)
Speed 50 ft., burrow 30 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
28 (+9) 7 (–2) 22 (+6) 1 (–5) 8 (–1) 4 (–3)

Saving Throws Wisdom +4
Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities poisoned
Senses blindsight 30 ft., tremorsense 60 ft., passive Perception 9
Languages
Challenge 15 (13,000 XP)

Special Traits

  • Tunneler. The worm can burrow through solid rock as half its burrow speed leaving a 10-foot-diameter tunnel in its wake.
  • Undead Fortitude. If damage reduces the zombie purple worm to 0 hit points, it makes a Constitution saving throw with a DC of 5 + the damage taken, unless the damage is radiant or from a critical hit. On a success, the zombie drops to 1 hit point instead.

Actions

  • Multiattack. The worm makes two attacks: one with its bite and one with its stinger.
  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +14 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 22 (3d8 + 9) piercing damage. If the target is a Large or smaller creature, it must succeed on a DC 19 Dexterity saving throw or be swallowed by the worm. A swallowed creature is blinded and restrained, it has total cover against attacks and other effects outside the worm, and it takes 21 (6d6) necrotic damage at the start of each of the worm’s turns. If the worm dies, a swallowed creature is no longer restrained by it and can escape from the corpse by using 20 feet of movement, exiting prone.
  • Tail Stinger. Melee Weapon Attack: +14 to hit, reach 10 ft., one creature. Hit: 19 (3d6 + 9) piercing damage, and the target must make a DC 19 Constitution saving throw, taking 42 (12d6) poison damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.

About

This undead monster’s long form is wrapped in a lattice of dry leathery hide. A loathsome smell and rotting bits of viscera seep out through gaping tears and holes upon its diseased and faded purple flesh.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Tome of Horrors © 2018, Frog God Games, LLC; Authors: Kevin Baase, Erica Balsley, John “Pexx” Barnhouse, Christopher Bishop, Casey Christofferson, Jim Collura, Andrea Costantini, Jayson ‘Rocky’ Gardner, Zach Glazar, Meghan Greene, Scott Greene, Lance Hawvermale, Travis Hawvermale, Ian S. Johnston, Bill Kenower, Patrick Lawinger, Rhiannon Louve, Ian McGarty, Edwin Nagy, James Patterson, Nathan Paul, Patrick N. Pilgrim, Clark Peterson, Anthony Pryor, Greg Ragland, Robert Schwalb, G. Scott Swift, Greg A. Vaughan, and Bill Webb