A swarm of crawling claws was made from the hands of some 300 small- and medium-sized humanoids. This construct acted like a swarm of insects, but perhaps with even less intelligence. Nevertheless, it was quite disturbing when viewed first hand.[2]


Using their fingers as legs, the hands crawled toward whatever they sensed as a target and swarmed over it. They could also leap six feet (1.8 m) vertically. The swarm had no discernible front, back, or central body.[2]


A swarm of crawling claws had only enough intelligence to perform simple guard duty or similar tasks.[2]


As sightless and nearly mindless constructs, crawling claws had some distinct advantages in combat. They were unaffected by illusions, gaze attacks, and other sight-related attacks. They were immune to disease, poison, stun, sleep, paralysis, death effects, necromancy effects, energy drain, ability drain, fatigue, exhaustion, and mind-based effects such as phantasms, patterns, charm, compulsion, and morale effects. They could not be effectively harmed by spells that targeted one creature or a limited number of creatures. They could not be turned, flanked, subdued, tripped, grappled, bull-rushed, or critically hit and took only half damage from piercing and slashing weapons.[2]

The swarm attacked a single opponent at a time, using sheer numbers to overwhelm a target. When first encountered up close, any living creature susceptible to being damaged by the crawling claw was possibly nauseated to the point of distraction, unable to take action or cast a spell. If the victim was prone, the crawling claw did double damage.[2]

The crawling claw was particularly vulnerable to area-effect and grenade-like attacks.[2]


Further ReadingEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wizards RPG Team (2014). Monster Manual 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 44. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Richard Baker, Ed Bonny, Travis Stout (February 2005). Lost Empires of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 163–164. ISBN 0-7869-3654-1.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 48. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.