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This housecat-sized beetle is a dull brown color brightened by two glowing green-yellow spots on its carapace.
Although nocturnal, the fire beetle lacks darkvision—it relies on its own glowing glands for illumination. Caged fire beetles are a popular source of long-lasting illumination among eccentrics and miners.
Other variations on the common fire beetle exist. The two most common variants are detailed below.
Flash Beetle (CR 1/2): A Flash Beetle is an advanced fire beetle that can create a bright flash of light once an hour. When a Flash Beetle does so, all creatures in a 10-foot burst must make a DC 12 Fortitude save or be dazzled for 1d3 rounds. The save DC is Constitution-based.
Luminescence (Ex) A fire beetle's glowing glands provide light in a 10-foot radius. A dead fire beetle's luminescent glands continue to glow for 1d6 days after its death.