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Giant rhinoceros beetle were an uncommon species of giant beetle that dwelt in jungles.[1][2]


Giant rhinoceros beetles were the largest species of giant beetle, typically measuring at around 12 ft (3.7 m) in length. They had a single giant horn that extended to a length of 6 feet (1.8 meters).[1][2] Their shells were usually iridescent or brightly colored.[1]


When searching for food these creatures were liable to crush anything that stood in their way.[1][2]


Giant rhinoceros beetles used their large mandibles and single large horns in combat to damage any opponents that got near to them.[1]



These creatures primarily ate fruits and vegetables, which they foraged for in their jungle habitats.[1][2]


Giant rhinoceros beetles primarily inhabited the jungles of tropical or subtropical regions.[2]

In Interior Faerûn, they could be found in the jungle within the Cathedral of Emerald Scales.[3] In South Faerûn, they inhabited the Forest of Amtar and the Long Forest.[4]

Beyond Faerûn, in the Crowded Sea they inhabited the group of islands known as the Djinni's Claws.[5]


The shells of these creatures were often used by clerics of specific pantheons to decorate their temples.[1]

Giant rhinoceros beetle carapace can be used to craft a rhino beetle shield, a naturally light and tough tower shield, usually of duergar making.[6]




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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 18. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), pp. 9–10. ISBN 0-935696-00-8.
  3. Eric L. Boyd (September 1997). Powers & Pantheons. Edited by Julia Martin. (TSR, Inc.), p. 141. ISBN 978-0786906574.
  4. Tom Prusa (1993). The Shining South. (TSR, Inc), pp. 36, 49. ISBN 1-56076-595-X.
  5. David Cook (October 1992). “The Djinni's Claws”. In Bill Slavicsek ed. Golden Voyages (TSR, Inc.), p. 2. ISBN 978-1560763314.
  6. Black Isle Studios (February 2001). Designed by Chris Avellone, Steve Bokkes, John Deiley, J.E. Sawyer. Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter. Interplay.