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Creatures in "Desert Vermin" Category

Giant Assassin Bug3
Giant Ground Wasp4
Giant Walking Stick5

Desert Vermin, Giant Assassin Bug

This goat-sized insect tilts its head to the side as it grinds its mouthparts in an intimidating trill.

Giant Assassin Bug CR 3

Source Pathfinder #81: Shifting Sands pg. 82
XP 800
N Small vermin
Init +2; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +4


AC 15, touch 13, flat-footed 13 (+2 Dex, +2 natural, +1 size)
hp 27 (5d8+5)
Fort +5, Ref +3, Will +1
Immune mind-affecting effects


Speed 30 ft., fly 30 ft. (clumsy)
Melee bite +6 (1d4+2 plus poison), 2 claws +6 (1d3+2)
Special Attacks poison, poison stream


Str 15, Dex 15, Con 13, Int —, Wis 10, Cha 2
Base Atk +3; CMB +4; CMD 16 (24 vs. trip)
Skills Fly –4, Perception +4, Stealth +10; Racial Modifiers +4 Perception, +4 Stealth


Environment any warm
Organization solitary or nest (2–12)
Treasure none

Special Abilities

Poison (Ex) Bite—injury; save Fort DC 13; frequency 1/round for 4 rounds; effect 1d4 Dex; cure 2 consecutive saves. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Poison Stream (Ex) As a standard action usable every 1d4 rounds, an assassin bug can spray poison from its mouth in a 15-foot line. Any creature caught in this area must succeed at a DC 14 Reflex save to avoid being exposed to the assassin bug’s poison. The save DC is Dexterity-based.


Giant assassin bugs are an example of a large and varied class of hunting insects that live throughout Golarion. Assassin bugs partially bury themselves in the sand or hide among clusters of thorny bushes found near oases, waiting for the next palatable creature to approach. When prey arrives, the insects burst out of hiding and pierce their prey with their elongated mouthparts, injecting a potent toxin that paralyzes victims. Once prey is safely paralyzed, assassin bugs feed by siphoning the victim’s fluids. Even if these bites don’t kill their prey, they are extremely painful and cause swelling in the area. Giant assassin bugs lay eggs in places shaded from the sun at all times, such as shallow caves or the crevices between rocks, preferably in a place where food is readily available for the hatching young. The soft-bodied young that hatch resemble their mature counterparts in all ways but size, and are fully ready to hunt the moment they emerge, though they typically seek much smaller prey. An adult assassin bug is typically 4 feet long, and weighs 65 pounds.