giant-ant

Common | Small | Neutral | Insect

Giant ants are black ants about 6‘ long. They are omnivores, and will devour anything edible which lies in their path (no reaction roll).

Armor ClassHit PointsMove
1716
(4 Hit Dice)
walk 180 ft
burrow 60 ft
Appearing2d4
Habitat
Negotiationno
Morale DC11
Challenge1.2 (360 XP per monster)

Ability Scores

STRDEXCONINTWISCHA
212-3-1-3

Combat

Has 1 attack. Hit Bonus +4. Damage 2d6 bite damage

Special Attacks

Sting: A giant ant’s sting reduces a character’s Strength by 1d2 points. A successful Constitution saving throw (DC 14) negates the Strength reduction, but the character still suffers 1d4 recurring damage for 1d6 rounds.

Grapple: A Giant Ant can attempt to grapple a creature within 5 feet. On a successful hit, the ant grapples the creature (escape DC 16 Strength). While grappled, the creature’s movement speed is 0, and the ant can make one bite attack against it with advantage. After grappling a creature, the ant will use its movement to drag the grappled creature with it in an attempt to bring it back to the colony.

Reinforcements: Every round, there is a 25% chance (d20 roll of 5 or less) that 1d4 additional giant ants emerge from the darkness, drawn to the commotion.


Treasure

Individual: None

Lair: None

Giant Ant Carapace:

Each defeated Giant Ant yields a chitinous carapace worth 50 gold pieces to merchants or artisans who specialize in working with such materials. These carapaces are incredibly tough and durable, but also difficult to harvest and process.

Harvesting:

Stripping the carapace from the ant’s body is a laborious task, requiring specialized tools and considerable strength. Each carapace weighs roughly 50 pounds and extracting it without damaging its integrity takes at least 30 minutes per carapace.

Crafting Options:

These carapaces, once harvested and prepared, can be used for a variety of crafting purposes:

  • Armor: Skilled armorers can craft lightweight but exceptionally sturdy armor pieces from the carapace, such as helmets, breastplates, or greaves.
  • Shields: The thick chitin can be shaped into large, tower shields that offer exceptional protection against physical attacks.
  • Decorative Items: The unique and iridescent sheen of the carapace makes it a valuable material for crafting ornamental objects like jewelry, figurines, or even furniture inlays.
  • Specialized Equipment: With specific expertise, the carapace can be used to create specialized equipment like hunting bows with exceptional tensile strength or tools resistant to damage from harsh environments.

Additional Notes:

  • The rarity and durability of the carapaces might make them sought after by collectors or specific organizations.
  • The weight of the carapaces could pose a logistical challenge for the party, forcing them to make choices about how many they can carry.
  • Access to specialized tools and skilled artisans will be necessary to fully utilize the crafting potential of the carapaces.
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