Death Worm (4e Creature)

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The death worm is a sausage-like worm 2 to 5 feet long , and thick as a man’s arm, resembling the intestine of cattle. Its tail is short, as if it were cut off, but not tapered. It is difficult to tell its head from its tail because it has no visible eyes, or nostrils , and only a small fang-lined mouth at the tip. Its color is dark red, like blood, and it moves in odd ways – either it rolls around or squirms sideways, sweeping its way about. It lives in desolate sand dunes and in the hot valleys of the desert often near oases. The death worm spends most of its time in its underground burrow. Swarming out of the earth when it senses prey.

Death Worm[edit]

Death Worm
Level 3 Artillery
Medium Natural Magical Beast (Blind)
XP 150
HP 41; Bloodied 20 Initiative +3
AC 15; Fortitude 15, Reflex 15, Will 13 Perception +7
Speed 4, Burrow 6 Tremorsense 20
Resist acid 5
Standard Actions
Basicmelee.png Bite ♦ At-Will
Attack: Melee 1 (one creature); +10 vs. AC
Hit: 1d6 + 3 damage.
Basicranged.png Acidic Spittle ♦ At-Will
Attack: Ranged 5 (one creature); +8 vs. Reflex
Hit: 1d10 + 3 acid damage.
Triggered Actions
Area.png Defensive Jolt ♦ At-Will
Attack: (immediate reaction); Close Burst 1; +6 vs. Reflex
Trigger: The death worm is hit by a melee attack.
Hit: 1d6 + 3 lightning damage.
Move Actions
Burrowing Dodge ♦ Recharge D6 (6).png
Effect: The Death Worm moves up to its burrow speed, without provoking opportunity attacks, and makes an Acidic Spittle attack.
Skills Stealth +9
Str 14 (+2) Dex 17 (+3) Wis 12 (+2)
Con 17 (+5) Int 4 (-2) Cha 11 (+1)
Alignment Unaligned Languages
Death Worm

Death Worm Tactics[edit]

The death worm lives in small clutches, often near sources of water in the desert. They wait underground until prey moves within their area, they will then erupt from the ground encircling their target. They attack by using ‘’Acidic Spittle’’ as much as possible, and will use ‘’Burrowing Dodge’’ to avoid close combat.

Death Worm Lore[edit]

A character knows the following information with a successful Nature check.

DC 20: Death worms are known to inhabit fertile areas within a desert. They use an acidic spray and a form of natural electrical discharge to attack their prey and defend themselves. Death worms digest the liquefied remains of their prey using their sucker-like mouth.

Encounter Groups[edit]

Death Worms live in small groups of 4 to 6 members, often hunting as a pack and taking advantage of natural hazards that may help cripple their prey.

Level 5 Encounter (XP 1050)

  • 4 Death Worms (level 3 artillery)
  • 3 Dust Devils (level 3 skirmisher)

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