Although typically harmless against adventurers, cockroach swarms of large enough numbers could pose a serious threat. To those unequipped to handle it, the collective stench of such a group could be overwhelmingly sickening. Damage was typically inflicted by biting, though some swarms were able to eject a corrosive acid as well.
Particularly diminutive adventurers, such as those shrunk to a tenth of their size per the effects of a version of the reduce spell in use between the Time of Troubles and the Year of Wild Magic, were a more realistic target for individual cockroaches. At this scale, a cockroach's bite could inflict significant damage, and would slow an opponent down for a few seconds.
Cockroaches could be tracked by the pungent smell of their attar and droppings.
Cockroaches were found in urban areas and the sewers that ran beneath them. A number of inns had cockroach problems, including the Dran & Courtier, the Pride of Zhentil Keep, the Shattered Mirror, and the Three Elves.
Giant cockroaches were especially large cockroaches that measured 6 feet (1.8 meters) in length. Compared to their more common kin, they were considerably more belligerent, attacking just about anything animate.
Vfush Sweetwaterlake, a slyth scholar of insects and arachnids, claimed to have observed an undead species of cockroach.
Prior to becoming an advisor at the Citadel of Assassins, the archmage Knellict survived an assassination attempt organized by his prior employer, Zhengyi the Witch-King, by polymorphing his assailants into cockroaches. Similarly, during her tumultuous tenure as guildmaster of the Welcomers of Phlan, the half-fiend Sirana used this same maneuver on several of her own guildmembers.
- These statblocks represent swarms of cockroaches, rather than individuals.
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