|Source books||Monster Manual II|
In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the death watch beetle is a type of giant insect.
A death watch beetle is monstrous insect which disguises itself by wearing the carapaces of other giant beetles, or by sticking rubbish to itself. A death watch beetle can make a clicking sound with its carapace that produces a deadly sonic vibration, resembling a drum or gong that seems to come from everywhere.
The death watch beetle has appeared in the following publications:
- It first appeared under the "beetle" heading in the first edition Monster Manual II (1983).
- The second edition for the Greyhawk setting under the "beetle" heading in the Monstrous Compendium Greyhawk Appendix (1990),
- Reprinted in Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume Three (1996).
- The Tome of Horrors (2002) from Necromancer Games.