SRD5:Purple Worm

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Purple Worm exists in other D&D editions see:

Purple Worm (disambiguation).

This material from the 5th edition SRD is published under the OGL
Purple Worm [SRD5 OGL][1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
Gargantuan Monstrosity (Purple Worms), Unaligned
Armor Class: 18 (natural armor)
Hit Points: 247 (15d20+90)
Speed: 50 ft., burrow 30 ft.
28 (+9) 7 (-2) 22 (+6) 1 (-5) 8 (-1) 4 (-3)
Saving Throws: Con +11, Wis +4
Senses: blindsight 30 ft., tremoresense 60 ft., passive Perception 9
Habitat: Desert, Underdark, Underground
Challenge: 15 (13,000 xp)Proficiency Bonus (PB): +5


Tunnler. The worm can burrow through solid rock at half its burrow speed and leaves a 10-foot-diameter tunnel in its wake. 


Multiattack. The worm makes two attacks: one with its bite and one with its stinger.

Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 22 (3d8+9) piercing damage. If the target is a Large or smaller creature, it must succeed on a DC 19 Dexterity saving throw or be swallowed by the worm. A swallowed creature is blinded and restrained, it has total cover against attacks and other effects outside the worm, and it takes 21 (6d6) acid damage at the start of each of the worm's turns.

If the worm takes 30 damage or more on a single turn from a creature inside it, the worm must succeed on a DC 21 Constitution saving throw at the end of that turn or regurgitate all swallowed creatures, which fall prone in a space within 10 feet of the worm. If the worm dies, a swallowed creature is no longer restrained by it and can escape from the corpse by using 20 feet of movement, exiting prone.

Tail Stinger. Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 10 ft., one creature. Hit: 19 (3d6+9) piercing damage, and the target must make a DC 19 Constitution saving throw, taking 42 (12d6) poison damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.

End of the SRD5 material

Unofficial Description: Purple worms are enormous burrowing worms with a singer in its tail.

List of Purple Worms[edit]

(2 official and unofficial Purple Worms)

Name Type Subtype Size HP CR (XP) Alignment Habitat Source
Purple Worm Monstrosity Purple Worm Gargantuan 247 15 (13,000) Unaligned Desert, Underdark, Underground SRD5
Purple Wormling Monstrosity Purple Worm Large 42 2 (450) unaligned Storm King's Thunder

Sources and Notes[edit]

  1. Wizards RPG Team (6 May 2015). SRD-OGL v5.1. (5e) Wizards of the Coast. Licensed: OGL.
  2. also published in — Wizards RPG Team (September 2014). Monster Manual. (5e) Wizards of the Coast. ISBN 978-0786965618. p. 255.
  3. Note: Habitat is not part of the SRD5.
  4. habitat - Dungeon Master's Guide (5e) p.302-305
  5. habitat (Underground) - user:Rlyehable (unofficial)

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Facts about "Purple Worm"
AlignmentUnaligned +
AuthorSRD5 +
CRval15 +
Canontrue +
Challenge Rating15 +
Experience Points13,000 +
FeaturesTunnler +, Multiattack +, Bite + and Tail Stinger +
HabitatDesert +, Underdark + and Underground +
Hit Dice15d20+90 +
Hit Points247 +
PublicationSRD5 +
SizeGargantuan +
SortTextPurple Worm 5e +
SubtypePurple Worm +
SummaryPurple worms are enormous burrowing worms with a singer in its tail. +
TitlePurple Worm +
TypeMonstrosity +