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Ankheg

No. Enc.:1d6 (1d6)
Alignment:Neutral
Movement:120’ (40’)
Armor Class:3
Hit Dice:1d6+2
Attacks:1
Damage:3d6, +1d4
Save:As HD
Morale:9
Hoard Class:XIX
XP:80-2,800

The ankheg is a burrowing monster with a taste for fresh meat. It has six legs, and some specimens are yellow rather than brown. It is about 10 feet long and weighs about 800 pounds, and has an insect-like exoskeleton. An ankheg burrows with legs and mandibles, and moves at half speed when it does so. It often digs a winding tunnel up to 40 feet below the surface in the rich soil of forests or farmlands. The tunnel is 5 feet tall and wide, and from 60 to 150 feet long. An ankheg usually lies 5 to 10 feet below the surface until its antennae detect the approach of prey. It then burrows up to attack. In addition to bite damage, the ankheg has acidic, digestive saliva that inflicts an additional 1-4 hp damage each round. If desperate, the creature can produce an acid spray once per day that inflicts 8d4 hp damage, but this uses up the acidic saliva for a 24 hour period.

License: Advanced Edition Companion Labyrinth Lord OGL

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Ankhegs are huge insects, 10 to 20ft long, resembling grasshoppers with vicious mandibles. They burrow through the ground, often in farmlands as well as in caverns. Once per day, an ankheg can squirt digestive acids for 5d6 points of damage (save for half), but this is a defense not used in normal hunting.

Ankheg: HD 3; AC 2[17] underside 4[15]; Atk 1 bite (3d6); Move 12 (burrow 6); Save 14; CL 4; XP 120XP; Special: Spits acid 5d6 (1/day, save for half)

Ankheg: HD 4; AC 2[17] underside 4[15]; Atk 1 bite (3d6); Move 12 (burrow 6); Save 13; CL 5; XP 240XP; Special: Spits acid 5d6 (1/day, save for half)

Ankheg: HD 5; AC 2[17] underside 4[15]; Atk 1 bite (3d6); Move 12 (burrow 6); Save 12; CL 6; XP 400XP; Special: Spits acid 5d6 (1/day, save for half)

Ankheg: HD 6; AC 2[17] underside 4[15]; Atk 1 bite (3d6); Move 12 (burrow 6); Save 11; CL 7; XP 600XP; Special: Spits acid 5d6 (1/day, save for half)

Ankheg: HD 7; AC: 2[17] underside 4[15]; Atk: 1 bite (3d6); Move: 12 (burrow 6); Save: 9; CL 8; XP 800XP; Special: Spits acid 5d6 (1/day, save for half)

Ankheg: HD 8; AC: 2[17] underside 4[15]; Atk: 1 bite (3d6); Move: 12 (burrow 6); Save: 8; CL 9; XP 1100XP; Special: Spits acid 5d6 (1/day, save for half)

License: Monster Compendium 0e OGL

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