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Cockroach, Giant

A dog-sized cockroach skitters forth, greedily clicking its filth-slicked mandibles.

Giant Cockroach CR 1/2

XP 200

N Small vermin

Init +1; Senses darkvision 60 ft., tremorsense 60 ft.; Perception +4

Defense

AC 14, touch 12, flat-footed 13 (+1 Dex, +2 natural, +1 size)

hp 8 (1d8+4)

Fort +6, Ref +1, Will +0

Weaknesses light sensitivity

Offense

Speed 30 ft., climb 30 ft., fly 40 ft. (poor)

Melee bite +1 (1d4)

Statistics

Str 11, Dex 12, Con 19, Int —, Wis 11, Cha 2

Base Atk +0; CMB –1; CMD 10

Feats DiehardB, EnduranceB

Skills Climb +8, Fly –1, Perception +4, Stealth +9; Racial Modifiers +4 Perception, +4 Stealth

SQ hold breath

Ecology

Environment any land

Organization solitary or intrusion (2–20)

Treasure none

Table: Cockroach Types
SpeciesCRSizeHD
Giant hissing cockroach1Medium2
Venomroach3Large3
Spitting cockroach6Huge6
Sawback cockroach9Gargantuan8
Dragonroach12Colossal10

Much like their smaller kin, giant cockroaches are extremely adaptive and exist in any place they can find a ready source of food. Giant cockroaches are not normally very violent, but readily attack if threatened or if food becomes scarce.

A number of species of giant cockroach exist, as summarized on the table above. Most of these variants have additional abilities, such as poison stings.

Cockroach Swarm

Like a pestilent black tide, a ravenous horde of thousands of tiny, clacking cockroaches washes over everything in its path.

Cockroach Swarm CR 2

XP 600

N Diminutive vermin (swarm)

Init +2; Senses darkvision 60 ft., tremorsense 30 ft.; Perception +4

Defense

AC 16, touch 16, flat-footed 14 (+2 Dex, +4 size)

hp 26 (4d8+8)

Fort +6, Ref +3, Will +1

Defensive Abilities swarm traits, Immune weapon damage

Weaknesses light sensitivity, swarm traits

Offense

Speed 20 ft., climb 20 ft., fly 30 ft. (poor)

Melee swarm (1d6)

Space 10 ft.; Reach 0 ft.

Special Attacks distraction (DC 14)

Statistics

Str 1, Dex 15, Con 14, Int —, Wis 10, Cha 2

Base Atk +3; CMB —; CMD

Skills Climb +10, Fly +4, Perception +4, Stealth +14; Racial Modifiers +4 Perception

SQ hold breath

Ecology

Environment any temperate, warm, or urban

Organization solitary, pair, or intrusion (3–20 swarms)

Treasure none

Swarms of flesh-eating cockroaches are extremely virulent pests. Normally carnivorous scavengers, these vermin quickly transform into aggressive hunters when amassed in great numbers, actively seeking out territory and food and gravitating to locations that readily provide both, such as dumps, graveyards, sewers, swamps, and other foul areas filled with rotting waste. Although a flesh-eating cockroach swarm prefers to feed on rot and carrion, these ravenous creatures do not balk at attacking living creatures as large as an elephant if given a chance.