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Insects

Monsters: Insects

Otherwise known as "bugs," insects are invertebrates that typically have a hardened exoskeleton, a three-part body (head, thorax and abdomen), several pairs of legs and compound eyes. Many insects are capable of biting or poisoning and some can grow to truly monstrous sizes:

BrowserQuests monster depiction (Balroach)
  • Armor Class: 18
  • Hit Dice: 5
  • Attacks:
    • Bite (1d8) + Nausea
  • Special Defenses:
    • Immune to Poison
    • Immune to Disease
  • Save As: Fighter
  • Morale: 9
  • Experience Points: 450

Description: The balroach is a variety of giant cockroach larger than a horse and immune to all poisons and diseases. In addition to its bite, balroaches also exude a horrible smell, requiring anyone fighting the creature to save vs. Poison or become nauseous (-4 to attack rolls and armor class) for ten minutes.

BrowserQuests monster depiction (Giant Bee)
  • Armor Class: 13
  • Hit Dice: 1
  • Attacks:
    • Stinger (1d4) + Weak Poison
  • Special Defenses:
    • Immune to Charm Person
    • Immune to Hold Person
  • Save As: Fighter
  • Morale: 9
  • Experience Points: 13

Description: Although many times larger (growing to a length of about a foot), giant bees behave generally the same as their smaller cousins. Giant bees are usually not aggressive except when defending themselves or their hive.

BrowserQuests monster depiction (Giant Black Widow Spider)
  • Armor Class: 14
  • Hit Dice: 3
  • Attacks:
    • Bite (2d6) + Unconscious
  • Special Defenses:
    • Immobilized
  • Save As: Fighter
  • Morale: 8
  • Experience Points: 175

Description: The giant black widow spider is a much enlarged version of the ordinary black widow with a leg-span of two to three feet and an orange "hourglass" on its abdomen. The venom of these spiders is strong; those failing a saving throw vs. Poison are immediately rendered unconscious.

BrowserQuests monster depiction (Giant Centipede)
  • Armor Class: 11
  • Hit Dice: 1
  • Attacks:
    • Bite (1d2) + Weak Poison
  • Special Defenses:
    • None
  • Save As: Fighter
  • Morale: 7
  • Experience Points: 13

Description: Larger versions of the normal sort, giant centipedes are two to three feet long and fast-moving predatory, venomous arthropods, having long segmented bodies with exoskeletons. They prefer to live in underground areas, shadowy forested areas and other places out of direct sunlight (although there are desert-dwelling varieties that hide under the sand). Giant centipedes tend to attack anything that resembles food, biting with their jaws and injecting a weaker poison.

BrowserQuests monster depiction (Giant Fly)
  • Armor Class: 14
  • Hit Dice: 2
  • Attacks:
    • Bite (1d8)
  • Special Defenses:
    • Immune to Charm Person
    • Immune to Hold Person
  • Save As: Fighter
  • Morale: 8
  • Experience Points: 75

Description: Giant flies look much like ordinary houseflies but are about three feet long. Some are banded yellow and black, and can thus be mistaken for giant bees. Giant flies are predators; after killing their prey, they will sometimes lay eggs in the remains.

BrowserQuests monster depiction (Giant Mosquito)
  • Armor Class: 11
  • Hit Dice: 4
  • Attacks:
    • Bite (1d4)
  • Special Defenses:
    • Immune to Charm Person
    • Immune to Hold Person
  • Save As: Fighter
  • Morale: 9
  • Experience Points: 50

Description: Giant mosquitos swarm victims by the dozen and thus are challenging when encountered. A successful attack not only causes damage but attaches the insect to the victim, draining an additional 1d4 points of damage each round until the mosquito is defeated.

BrowserQuests monster depiction (Giant Praying Mantis)
  • Armor Class: 16
  • Hit Dice: 5
  • Attacks:
    • Bite (1d12)
  • Special Defenses:
    • None
  • Save As: Fighter
  • Morale: 8
  • Experience Points: 360

Description: Giant praying mantises are greatly camouflaged, moving slowly and waiting motionless for hours to attack and devour their prey. The mandibles of these large beasts are quite sharp, doing 1d12 points of damage per successful bite.

BrowserQuests monster depiction (Giant Scorpion)
  • Armor Class: 15
  • Hit Dice: 4
  • Attacks:
    • Claws (1d10)
    • Claws (1d10)
    • Stinger (1d6) + Deadly Poison
  • Special Defenses:
    • Immune to Charm Person
    • Immune to Hold Person
  • Save As: Fighter
  • Morale: 11
  • Experience Points: 280

Description: Giant scorpions are quite large, sometimes as large as a donkey. They are aggressive predators and generally attack on sight. If a claw attack hits, the giant scorpion receives a +2 attack bonus with its stinger (but two claw hits do not give a double bonus). Giant scorpions are most commonly found in desert areas or caverns.

BrowserQuests monster depiction (Giant Tarantula)
  • Armor Class: 15
  • Hit Dice: 4
  • Attacks:
    • Bite (1d8) + Unconscious
  • Special Defenses:
    • Immobilized
  • Save As: Fighter
  • Morale: 8
  • Experience Points: 280

Description: Giant tarantulas are huge, hairy spiders, about the size of a pony that run down their prey much as wolves do. The bite of the giant tarantula is quite poisonous, causing its victim to lose all its hit points if a saving throw vs. Poison is failed.

BrowserQuests monster depiction (Giant Termite)
  • Armor Class: 13
  • Hit Dice: 4
  • Attacks:
    • Pincers (1d1) + Paralysis
  • Special Defenses:
    • None
  • Save As: Fighter
  • Morale: 10
  • Experience Points: 240

Description: Giant termites vary from three to five feet in length and attack using a noxious spray with a range of five feet that stuns its target for about ten minutes (a save vs. Poison negates this effect). While a nominal threat to adventuring parties, the real threat imposed by giant termites is to wooden structures such as buildings, sailing ships, etc.

BrowserQuests monster depiction (Giant Wasp)
  • Armor Class: 15
  • Hit Dice: 4 + 1
  • Attacks:
    • Stinger (1d6) + Unconscious
  • Special Defenses:
    • Immune to Charm Person
    • Immune to Hold Person
  • Save As: Fighter
  • Morale: 10
  • Experience Points: 280

Description: Giant wasps attack when hungry or threatened, stinging its prey; stung victims must make a saving throw vs. Poison or be rendered unconscious (immediately losing all hit points).

BrowserQuests monster depiction (Insect Swarm)
  • Armor Class: 13
  • Hit Dice: 4
  • Attacks:
    • Bite (1d4)
  • Special Defenses:
    • Immune to Charm Person
    • Immune to Hold Person
    • Near-Immunity to ALL Weapons
  • Save As: Fighter
  • Morale: 11
  • Experience Points: 280

Description: Insect swarms are not a single creature but rather a large group of ordinary flying, crawling and biting insects moving as a unit. Any living creature attacked by such a swarm automatically suffers a small amount of damage each round exposed. Further, weapons (even magical ones) only cause a single hit point of damage per hit, so insect swarms can be challenging when encountered.

BrowserQuests monster depiction (Tiny Poisonous Spider)
  • Armor Class: 12
  • Hit Dice: 1
  • Attacks:
    • Bite (1d2) + Weak Poison
  • Special Defenses:
    • None
  • Save As: Fighter
  • Morale: 8
  • Experience Points: 37

Description: Only about the size of a human fist, this quick-attacking arachnid still delivers a weak poison to anyone it bites.