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Dire Turkey

Bust of Oviraptor philoceratops by Matt Martyniuk. Dire Turkey
Bust of Oviraptor philoceratops by Matt Martyniuk.

This horse-sized bird has a featherless, red head with fleshy growths. Its legs are long, ending in four-toed feet.

Originally Posted by Shade of the En World forums.  
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Dire turkeys are larger, more aggressive, and more carnivorous than their lesser cousins.

A dire turkey is 7 to 8 feet long and weighs upwards of 700 pounds. Females are generally smaller than males. Coloration varies from dark-brown to black on the body, and reddish-orange to greyish-blue legs. The feathers of males have areas of red, purple, green, copper, bronze, and gold iridescence, while those of females are duller, in shades of brown and gray. Males have red wattles on the throat and neck.

Dire Turkey
Large animal
Hit Dice5d8+10 (32 hp)
Speed10 ft. (2 squares), Fly 40 ft. (good)
Armor Class13 (-1 size, +1 Dexterity, +3 natural), touch 11, flat-footed 13
Base Attack/Grapple+3/+10
AttackClaw +5 melee (1d8+3)
Full Attack2 claws +5 melee (1d8+3) and beak +3 melee (1d6+1)
Space/Reach10 ft./5 ft.
Special AttacksPounce
Special QualitiesLow-Light Vision
SavesFort +6, Ref +5, Will +1
AbilitiesStrength 17, Dexterity 12, Constitution 15, Intelligence 2, Wisdom 10, Charisma 11
SkillsListen +6, Spot +6
FeatsAlertness, Multiattack
EnvironmentCold or temperate forests
OrganizationSolitary or rafter (2-24)
Challenge Rating3
AlignmentAlways neutral
Advancement6-10 HD (Large)
Level Adjustment


A dire turkey prefers to pounce on prey, attacking with its sharp beak and talons.

Pounce (Ex): If a dire turkey charges a foe, it can make a full attack.

Based on the turkey that appeared in Dragon Magazine #186 (1992).

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