WoTC has been known to use existing creatures and “skin” them for use as other creatures. (i.e. "DDAL06-02 The Redemption of Kelvan" contained a clockwork wyvern construct that had stats based on a regular wyvern and Tomb of Annihilation had clay warriors based on NPC gladiators.)

Is there any creature that resembles Warframe's desert skate or that could easily be skinned as one?

Images: http://warframe.wikia.com/wiki/Desert_Skate

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHRGVjev32g

We would be looking for a creature with three functions: a poison tail, dig movement and an elevated challenge rating > 1.

As a clarification: we are not looking for a creature that looks like a skate - but rather, similar to how WotC skins their creature, find a creature that has the same fundamental skills as listed above.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Do you have access to a Monster Manual? \$\endgroup\$
    – Jason_c_o
    Commented Apr 10, 2018 at 11:31
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    \$\begingroup\$ This was probably put on hold as we are unsure whether you want a creature that is mechanically similar, similar in appearance, or just similar in function. Please clarify \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 10, 2018 at 13:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Jason_c_o We have looked. We are wondering if there is anything in other books or official WotC adventures that might fit or missed something. \$\endgroup\$
    – Praxiteles
    Commented Apr 11, 2018 at 1:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ Are you really okay with any CR > 1? \$\endgroup\$
    – Miniman
    Commented Apr 11, 2018 at 2:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Miniman the higher the better \$\endgroup\$
    – Praxiteles
    Commented Apr 11, 2018 at 2:33

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The Purple Worm

MM 255 has the Purple Worm. It's CR 15, and has the following abilities:

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

Tail Stinger. Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 10ft., 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.

That seems to fit all three of your criteria.

  • \$\begingroup\$ And native to the desert too...great one! \$\endgroup\$
    – Praxiteles
    Commented Apr 11, 2018 at 4:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ Just noticed the Purple Wormling is a CR2 possibility as well. dndbeyond.com/… \$\endgroup\$
    – Praxiteles
    Commented Apr 11, 2018 at 5:04

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