Auroral Megalops (5e Creature)

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Auroral Megalops[edit]

Huge beast, unaligned

Armor Class 16 (natural armor)
Hit Points 168 (16d12 + 64)
Speed 40 ft., swim 20 ft.

25 (+7) 12 (+1) 19 (+4) 1 (-5) 13 (+1) 8 (-1)

Saving Throws Strength +8, Constitution +6
Skills Perception +3
Senses darkvision 90 ft., passive Perception 13
Challenge 10 (5,900 XP)

Amphibious. The auroral megalops can breathe air and water.

Charge. If the auroral megalops moves at least 20 feet straight toward a target and then hits it with a ram attack on the same turn, the target takes an extra 9 (2d6 + 2) bludgeoning damage. If the target is a creature, it must succeed on a DC 18 Strength saving throw or be knocked prone.

Sunlight Sensitivity. While in sunlight, the auroral megalops has disadvantage on attack rolls, as well as on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on sight.

Variable Illumination. The auroral megalops can shed dim light in a 30 foot radius. As a bonus action, it can stop or start emitting light.


Multiattack. The auroral megalops makes three attacks, one ram and two claw.

Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 13 (4d4 + 3) slashing damage, and the target is grappled (escape DC 16).

Ram. Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 16 (3d6 + 6) bludgeoning damage.

A massive golden crab which inhabits suitably large bodies of water in the underdark. The term "auroral megalops" is the collective name given to the immature forms of several distinct species of crustacean. No matter the species, however, they grow slowly but steadily throughout their lives with no real upper limit on how long they can live or large they can grow; one individual is said to support an entire city on its back.
Auroral megalops hunt by lurking in shallow areas, keeping just below the surface of the water until they a suitable creature passes nearby. When they attack, their shell emits a dull golden glow; combined with eyes unusually large and well-developed for a subterranean creature, this light allows them to better catch prey. If met with unexpected resistance, they may dive under the waves and attempt to flank, or simply flee.
The flesh of a megalops is delicious, pale and salty, but crisps and withers rapidly as its glow fades.

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