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Wasp, Giant

This horse-sized wasp is covered in yellow and black vertical stripes—its stinger is the size of a sword and drips with venom.

Giant Wasp CR 3

XP 800

N Large vermin

Init +1; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +9

Defense

AC 14, touch 10, flat-footed 13; (+1 Dex, +4 natural, –1 size)

hp 34 (4d8+16)

Fort +8, Ref +2, Will +2

Immune mind-affecting effects

Offense

Speed 20 ft., fly 60 ft. (good)

Melee sting +6 (1d8+6 plus poison)

Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.

Statistics

Str 18, Dex 12, Con 18, Int —, Wis 13, Cha 11

Base Atk +3; CMB +8; CMD 19

Skills Fly +3, Perception +9; Racial Modifiers +8 Perception

Ecology

Environment temperate forests

Organization solitary, pair, group (3–6), or nest (7–19)

Treasure none

Special Abilities

Poison (Ex) Sting—injury; save Fort DC 18; frequency 1/round for 6 rounds; effect 1d2 Dexterity damage; cure 1 save. The save DC is Constitution-based, and includes a +2 racial bonus.

Giant wasps nearly always form nests, though not like their much smaller cousins. Each nest functions with one leader (the queen), a few workers, and several soldiers. The workers and the queen produce offspring while the soldiers protect the nest and hunt for food. Giant wasp nests are typically found in caves, abandoned houses, or any complex large enough to fit a dozen 10-foot-tall insects.

Giant wasps attack when hungry or threatened, stinging their prey to death. They take dead or incapacitated opponents back to their lairs as food for their unhatched young—the experience of lying in a wasp nest, paralyzed while its grubs feed, is one of nature's cruelest inventions. Even when part of a nest, giant wasps tend toward solitary hunting, and it's rare to see more than one at a time.

Wasp Swarm

A low, ominous buzz announces the arrival of a mass of many thousands of angry, stinging wasps.

Wasp Swarm CR 3

XP 800

N Diminutive vermin (swarm)

Init +1; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +9

Defense

AC 15, touch 15, flat-footed 14; (+1 Dex, +4 size)

hp 31 (7d8)

Fort +5, Ref +3, Will +3

Defensive Abilities swarm traits; Immune weapon damage

Offense

Speed 5 ft., fly 40 ft. (good)

Melee swarm (2d6 plus poison)

Space 10 ft.; Reach 0 ft.

Special Attacks distraction (DC 13), poison

Statistics

Str 1, Dex 13, Con 10, Int —, Wis 12, Cha 9

Base Atk +5; CMB —; CMD

Skills Fly +11, Perception +9; Racial Modifiers +8 Perception

SQ swarm traits, vermin traits

Ecology

Environment temperate forests

Organization solitary, pair, fury (3–6 swarms), maelstrom (7–12 swarms)

Treasure none

Special Abilities

Poison (Ex) Swarm—injury; save Fort DC 13; frequency 1/round for 4 rounds; effect 1 Dexterity damage; cure 1 save. The save DC is Constitution-based.

A wasp swarm is a flying mass of thousands of carnivorous wasps. In such large numbers, they become voracious hunters, capable of taking down large creatures with their venom-filled stings. While a wasp swarm is capable of inflicting hundreds of stings, its true danger arises from its insatiable appetite for meat.

Wasp swarms surround and attack any living prey in their paths, and are swift to seek out new prey once their anger is aroused. An enraged wasp swarm often loses track of its hive or the original source of its anger, and presented with a constant series of new targets to swarm and sting, a swarm can continue its rampage nonstop until it is destroyed or dispersed.