Starfinder: Flame Beetle

Chris Van Deelen

Flame Beetle Combatant CR ½ XP 200

Neutral small vermin

Init +3; Senses: Darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +4


Defense                                                             HP 13

EAC: 10; KAC: 12

Fort: +4; Ref: +2; Will: +0

Defensive Abilities: Explosive death; Immunities: Fire



Speed: 20 ft.; 40 ft. (flying average)

Melee: bite +6 (1d6+1 F&P Crit burn 1d3), or two claws +2 (1d3+1 P)

Space: 2.5 ft., Reach: 2.5ft.

Offensive abilities: Heat aura



Str +1; Dex +3; Con +2; Int -; Wis +0; Cha +0

Skills: Acrobatics +9, athletics +4

Languages: None



Environment: Temperate or tropical forest

Organization: Small swarms (1d4+2), medium swarms (2d4+3), large swarms (4d4+5), infestations (10d12+12)


Special Abilities

Explosive Death (Ex): When the creature is killed, it will immediately explode, splashing everything within a 20 ft. radius with flame. Those caught in the area of effect must make a Ref save (DC 9) or suffer 1d6 points of fire damage. A successful save results in half damage.

Heat Aura (Ex): The creature can cause its small body to generate a great deal of heat. As a full round action, it can send waves of heat out from its body, up to 10 ft. Anything in the area of effect must make a Fort save (DC 9), or suffer 1d4 points of fire damage. A successful save results in no damage.


Vermin that are native to the Kashyyyk homeworld, they are pests, although if somehow killed without causing the bodies to explode, Wookies find them to be a delicacy. The little vermin spend most of their time living in trees, burrowing into the bark to lay their eggs, and the larva spend up to a year living in the bark, eating the pulp beneath before finally maturing and becoming adults.

Small groups of these vermin can be annoying, but larger swarms can and often to present a serious problem, as their flame tends to cause fires, which in a forest environment can be devastating.

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Chris Van Deelen is the creator and contributor to over half of the Wisdom from the Wastelands series, contributor to the Swords of Kos: Hekaton anthology, and the recently released 'Swords of Kos: The Rite'. He also wrote Creatures of the Tropical Wastelands, and 100 Oddities found in a Car. As prolific as he is, Chris Van Deelen continues to write and produce material which will be in publication soon. Not only is he a prolific content creator, he also has a wide selection of fiction and stories! If you like his work, please follow his personal author page on Facebook and on Twitter to keep up with his latest news and game content.