Ankhegs are large insectoid creatures that live underground.


Ankhegs are large 8-9 foot long cockroach like creatures with long antennae. The length of the body consists of segmented armor like plates held together by hard yellowish muscle sinew. Several legs protrude out of its body, of these their front pair had been adapted with sharp hooks for burrowing and for grasping prey. Their heads have large powerful mandibles that can snap a small tree in half, and their throat contains a basketball sized sack which produces a dark green acid for spitting out at prey. These creatures have light green blood.[1]


  • Senses: Darkvision, Tremorsense
  • Attacks:
    • Bite: The Ankheg can make a bite attack that deals slashing damage and additional acid damage.[2]
    • Acid Spray: The Ankheg can spit acid in a 30 foot long 5 foot wide line.[3]

Known Ankhegs Edit

Vox Machina fought an ankheg colony in Korshad's platinum mines near Deastok in "The Mines of the Many" (1x98).

The Mighty Nein fought a small group of ankhegs on the edge of the Crispvale Thicket in "Found & Lost" (2x26).

Useful ComponentsEdit

  • The hard yellowish muscle sinew and tendons under its segmented chitinous armor could be used to make strong cord.[4]
  • Basketball sized acid producing sacs.[5]


"The Mines of the Many" (1x98)Edit

"Found & Lost" (2x26)Edit

While the Mighty Nein were heading north from Hupperdook towards Shadycreek Run in an effort to catch the Iron Shepherds and rescue Jester, Fjord, and Yasha from enslavement, they decided to not take the path through towards the crossroads but instead take the presumed quicker path around the forest. Making their way around the forest, they discovered an abandoned homestead that was around 200 feet from the northern edge of the Crispvale Thicket. After making camp the party prepared to take a rest, when sensing localized rumbling and the horses being distressed, the party was assaulted by group of ankhegs that emerged out of the ground and spit acid at their horses, leading Water Closet[6] and Loo[7] to be put either down or killed outright.

References Edit

  1. See "Found & Lost" (2x26) at 1:21:52.
  2. See "Found & Lost" (2x26) at 1:29:07.
  3. See "Found & Lost" (2x26) at 1:17:47.
  4. See "Found & Lost" (2x26) at 1:39:48.
  5. See "Found & Lost" (2x26) at 1:42:55.
  6. See "Found & Lost" (2x26) at 1:17:01.
  7. See "Found & Lost" (2x26) at 1:18:51.
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