A carrion crawler is a burrowing aberration that scavenges the dead and occasionally preys on living creatures. Similar to a giant, toothed centipede in appearance, carrion crawlers are often accompanied by a foul odor of death, which warns others of their approach.[5]

Although their nature ultimately rests in the Far Realm, it is thought by many, and indeed is possible, that carrion crawlers were created through a mad wizard's experiments.[3]

Physical descriptionEdit

Carrion crawlers are large, pale yellow, and greenish aberrations whose appearance is akin to a three- to four-foot-long centipede. Crawlers possess eight long tentacles protruding from the sides of their heads, allowing them to stun prey.[5] Carrion crawlers also have two eye stalks, through which they can perceive their surroundings even in the darkest caverns.[3] Additionally, carrion crawlers have a highly developed sense of smell.[5]


Carrion crawlers often lay their eggs within a meal or mounds of waste. When the young hatches, often in numbers reaching into the hundreds, the baby crawlers quickly turn on one another, eating each other. Fortunately, this thins down the numbers of the carrion crawlers substantially, who are also less dangerous at this age, possessing a less effective venom than their adult equivalents.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 35. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wizards RPG Team (2014). Monster Manual 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 37. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 40. ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 30. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet and Monte Cook (October 2000). Monster Manual 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 29. ISBN 0-7869-1552-1.
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