A fierce predator of The Underdark, the Hook Horror aggressively defends its hunting grounds. The subterranean caverns where these creatures dwell echo with the constant clacking and scraping of their hooks as they wend their way up cliffs and along cavern walls. The monstrous Hook Horror has a head resembling a vulture's and the torso of an enormous beetle, with an exoskeleton studded by sharp, bony protuberances. It gains its name from its long, powerfully built arms and legs, which end in wickedly curved hooked claws.
Echoes in the DarkHook Horrors communicate by striking their hooks against their exoskeletons or the stone surfaces around them. What sounds to others like random clacking noise is actually a complex language that only Hook Horrors understand, and which carries for miles through the echoing Underdark.
Pack PredatorsThe omnivorous Hook Horrors eat lichens, fungi, plants, and any creature they can catch. A Hook Horror's hooked limbs give it excellent purchase on rock surfaces, and these creatures use their climbing skills to ambush prey from above. They hunt in packs, working together against the largest and most dangerous opponents. If a battle goes poorly, a Hook Horror quickly climbs a cavern wall to flee.
Dedicated ClansHook Horrors live in extended family groups or clans. Each Clan is ruled by the eldest female, who typically places her mate in charge of the clan's hunters. Hook Horrors lay eggs, which are clustered in a central, well-defended area of a clan's home caverns.
Monstrosity (Hook Horror): The monstrous Hook Horror has a head resembling a vulture's and the torso of an enormous beetle, with an exoskeleton studded by sharp, bony protuberances. It gains its name from its long, powerfully built arms and legs, which end in wickedly curved hooked claws.
Ecology and Habitats
The Hook Horror dwells in subterranean caverns in The Underdark.
Dietary Needs and Habits
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
Blindsight 60ft & Darkvision 10ft,Passive Perception 13.
Civilization and Culture
Major Language Groups and Dialects
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Original Article by Wizards of the Coast (WotC) for D&D Monster Manual 5e.