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Dragonfly, Giant

This glittering blue dragonfly is about the size of a horse and is large enough to carry off small farm animals or people.

Giant Dragonfly CR 4

XP 1,200

N Medium vermin

Init +2; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +1


AC 17, touch 12, flat-footed 15 (+2 Dex, +5 natural)

hp 45 (7d8+14)

Fort +7, Ref +4, Will +3

Immune mind-affecting effects


Speed 20 ft., fly 80 ft. (perfect)

Melee bite +9 (2d8+6 plus grab)

Special Attack darting charge


Str 19, Dex 15, Con 14, Int —, Wis 12, Cha 9

Base Atk +5; CMB +9 (+13 grappling, or +17 grappling on a charge); CMD 21 (29 vs. trip)

Feats Flyby AttackB

Skills Fly +10


Environment temperate or warm land

Organization solitary or flight (2–5)

Treasure incidental

Special Abilities

Darting Charge (Ex) A giant dragonfly is adept at swooping in to attack prey with a powerful bite and then, just as quickly, swooping back up out of reach. As a result, a giant dragonfly gains Flyby Attack as a bonus feat. In addition, if a giant dragonfly charges while flying, it receives a +4 bonus on CMB checks made to grapple foes.

Giant dragonflies are rare compared to other varieties of giant insects, and fortunately so, since they are voracious hunters of warm-blooded prey, including humanoids.

The creatures typically lair in overgrown or lightly wooded areas, using foliage as cover. When they spot potential prey out in the open, the dragonflies swoop to the attack, using their superior flight speed and maneuverability to run most prey to ground or carrying off smaller foes to eat them somewhere safe. Giant dragonflies feed on carrion when fresh prey is not available, and the scent of a fresh kill often attracts them.

Many swamp-dwelling cultures attach religious significance to brightly colored and ravenous giant dragonflies, particularly boggards. The frog-men attach particular significance to a giant dragonfly's color, and their priest-kings often refuse to eat anything but specific colors of giant dragonflies.

Giant Dragonfly Nymph CR 3

XP 800

N Small vermin (aquatic)

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


AC 15, touch 12, flat-footed 14 (+1 Dex, +3 natural, +1 size)

hp 32 (5d8+10)

Fort +6, Ref +2, Will +2

Immune mind-affecting effects


Speed 10 ft., swim 30 ft.

Melee bite +6 (2d6+3)

Space 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft. (10 ft. with bite)

Special Attacks extending jaw


Str 15, Dex 13, Con 14, Int —, Wis 12, Cha 5

Base Atk +3; CMB +4; CMD 15 (23 vs. trip)

Skills Stealth +5 (+13 in shallow water) , Swim +10; Racial Modifiers +8 Stealth in shallow water


Environment temperate or warm water

Organization solitary, pair, or brood (3–8)

Treasure incidental

Special Abilities

Extending Jaw (Ex) A giant dragonfly nymph can extend its jaws with surprising speed. Not only does this extend the nymph's reach with its bite attack, but during the surprise round, a nymph gains a +4 bonus on attack rolls with its bite.

Giant dragonflies lay clutches of eggs in swampy terrain or areas of standing water. Their young, called nymphs, voraciously eat carrion and small prey, growing and maturing rapidly until they sprout fully functional wings and become adult dragonflies.