- AC: 14 (Natural Armor, 11 While Prone)
- Alignment: Unaligned
- CHA: 6
- CON: 13
- Challenge Rating: 2
- DEX: 11
- HP: 39 (6d10+6)
- INT: 1
- Passive Perception: 11
- Roll 0: Bite 1d20 + 5 2d6+3+1d6
- Roll 1: Acid Spray 1d20 + 0 3d6
- STR: 17
- Senses: Darkvision 60 Ft., Tremorsense 60 Ft.
- Size: Large
- Speed: 30 ft., burrow 10 ft.
- Type: monstrosity
- WIS: 13
Bite: Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (2d6 + 3) slashing damage plus 3 (1d6) damage. If the target is a Large or smaller creature, it is grappled (escape DC 13). Until this grapple ends, the ankheg can bite only the grappled creature and has advantage on attack rolls to do so.
Acid Spray (Recharge 6): The ankheg spits acid in a line that is 30 ft. long and 5 ft. wide, provided that it has no creature grappled. Each creature in that line must make a DC 13 Dexterity saving throw, taking 10 (3d6) acid damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.
The SendingStone review
The Ankheg is a formidable foe for low-level adventurers, with decent hit points and a challenging AC of 14. However, it lacks in intelligence and charisma making it an unaligned creature with little to no personality beyond its desire to hunt and feed. While it is not a particularly interesting creature, it does provide a solid challenge and can be used effectively in encounters where its burrowing abilities can come into play. Overall, the Ankheg is a serviceable creature to include in a dungeon or wilderness adventure, but lacks the uniqueness and intrigue of other creatures in the monster manual.
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