Wasp, Giant

This horse-sized wasp is covered in yellow and black vertical stripes—its stinger is the size of a sword and drips with venom.

Giant Wasp CR 3

XP 800

N Large vermin

Init +1; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +9

Defense

AC 14, touch 10, flat-footed 13; (+1 Dex, +4 natural, –1 size)

hp 34 (4d8+16)

Fort +8, Ref +2, Will +2

Immune mind-affecting effects

Offense

Speed 20 ft., fly 60 ft. (good)

Melee sting +6 (1d8+6 plus poison)

Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.

Statistics

Str 18, Dex 12, Con 18, Int —, Wis 13, Cha 11

Base Atk +3; CMB +8; CMD 19

Skills Fly +3, Perception +9; Racial Modifiers +8 Perception

Ecology

Environment temperate forests

Organization solitary, pair, group (3–6), or nest (7–19)

Treasure none

Special Abilities

Poison (Ex) Sting—injury; save Fort DC 18; frequency 1/round for 6 rounds; effect 1d2 Dexterity damage; cure 1 save. The save DC is Constitution-based, and includes a +2 racial bonus.

Giant wasps nearly always form nests, though not like their much smaller cousins. Each nest functions with one leader (the queen), a few workers, and several soldiers. The workers and the queen produce offspring while the soldiers protect the nest and hunt for food. Giant wasp nests are typically found in caves, abandoned houses, or any complex large enough to fit a dozen 10-foot-tall insects.

Giant wasps attack when hungry or threatened, stinging their prey to death. They take dead or incapacitated opponents back to their lairs as food for their unhatched young—the experience of lying in a wasp nest, paralyzed while its grubs feed, is one of nature's cruelest inventions. Even when part of a nest, giant wasps tend toward solitary hunting, and it's rare to see more than one at a time.