Ant, Giant (Forge)

Giant ants look like ordinary ants, except they are two feet tall, three feet long, and strong. A giant ant can drag or carry 20 pounds without difficulty, while multiple ants working together can move a six-foot humanoid. They have a hard exoskeleton that provides natural protection and are black, yellow, red, or brown. Ants use their antennae to obtain scents from the air, providing them a tracking ability (95%) and allowing them to detect movement within 90 feet.

They are communal insects that live in colonies. In any giant ant lair, there are three types of ants: workers, warriors, and queens.

Worker ants do all the labor to support the colony, including digging tunnels, feeding other ants, and harvesting food. Warrior ants defend the colony from danger. They are the only type of giant ant that can inflict damage. The queen does not move and exists only to lay eggs to support the colony.

Giant ants are omnivores. They eat plants, leaves, fungus, sugar, insects, lizards, and insect eggs. Most humanoid encounters with giant ants are harmless worker ants scavenging for food. There is a 95% chance that worker ants will ignore humanoids if left alone. Warrior ants will arrive within 2d4 turns if something attacks the worker ants.

These giant insects live in underground warrens. Hundreds of giant ants inhabit a single colony. Most (90%) are harmless worker ants, while some (10%) are warrior ants. Each colony has one queen. These insects often battle with colonies of giant termites or other giant ant colonies.

Ant, Worker Giant

Hit Points 5 + 1d4
DV1 / DV2 1 / 1
Attack Value Nil
# Attacks Nil
Weapon Type Nil
Damage Nil
Saving Throws 15+
Speed Walk (2) / Run (4)

Giant worker ants are harmless insects that forage food for the colony.

Ant, Warrior Giant

Hit Points 10 + 1d6
DV1 / DV2 2 / 2
Attack Value 2
# Attacks 1
Weapon Type Mandibles
Damage 1d3
Saving Throws 13+
Speed Walk (2) / Run (4)

A giant warrior ant attacks with its mandibles and inflicts 1d3 damage. When a warrior ant kills a creature, worker ants will eventually arrive to dissect the corpse and carry it to the colony as food. Warrior ants are aggressive and have an immunity to fear. They will fight to the death to protect their colony.

Ant, Queen Giant

Hit Points 30 + 2d6
DV1 / DV2 0 / 0
Attack Value Nil
# Attacks Nil
Weapon Type Nil
Damage Nil
Saving Throws 12+
Speed Walk (0)

The giant ant queen lives deep inside a network of tunnels, and there are always 3d4 warrior ants protecting her. The queen cannot move and has no form of attack. If the queen dies, all the ants in a colony become confused and wander about for 1d4 hours before leaving the colony to find a new lair. In this state, warrior ants only attack if provoked.