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Dinosaur Carnotaurus

Carnotaurus

Illustration of CarnotaurusFred Wierum

This slender biped stands tall on long, clawed legs, and its arms have atrophied into little more than nubs. Its short, deep skull is crowned with two small horns and its jaw is filled with serrated teeth. Its body is covered with tubercles and scales.

The carnivorous dinosaurs combine bone-breaking strength with remarkable speed. They are thin and leggy creatures built for sprinting. Rather than tackle similarly sized megafauna, they specialize on small game— “smaller” includes creatures of human size. They prefer to strike with speed, snatching a lone target in their jaws, gulping it down in a single motion, then retreating from possible retaliation.

Carnotauruses are typically solitary creatures, but gather in large numbers to display and mate. Although both male and female carnotauruses have horns and rugose skulls, those of the males are thicker and are used in ritual shoving matches to establish breeding hierarchies. Carnotauruses are not above cannibalism, and ritual combat sometimes gives way to fights to the death if a combatant shows signs of weakness or ill health. A carnotaurus grows to about 30 feet long and weighs about 3,000 pounds.

Carnotaurus       CR 6

XP 2,400
N Huge animal

Init +8; Senses low-light vision, Perception +21, scent

Defense

AC 19, touch 14, flat-footed 15(-2 size, +4 Dex, +1 Dodge, +6 natural)
hp 71 (11d8+22)

Fort +9, Ref +11, Will +6

Offense

Speed 50 ft.

Melee bite +13 (2d8+14 plus grab/19-20)

Space 15 ft.; Reach 15 ft.
Special Attacks devastating bite, sprint, swallow whole (Medium, 1d8+8 bludgeoning, AC 13, 9 hp)

Statistics

Str 25, Dex 18, Con 15, Int 2, Wis13, Cha 8

Base Atk +8; CMB +17 (+21 grapple); CMD 32

Feats Dodge,Improved Critical (bite), Iron Will, Power Attack, Skill Focus (Perception), Vital Strike

Skills Perception +21

Ecology

Environment warm plains
Organization solitary, pair or lek (3-18)

Treasure none

Special Abilities

Devastating Bite (Ex) A carnotaurus deals twice its Strength modifier as bonus damage to its bite attack.

Sprint (Ex) Once per hour, a carnotaurus can move up to 10 times its normal speed (500 ft.) when making a charge or run action.

Carnotaurus as Animal Companions

Starting Statistics: Size Medium; Speed 50 ft..; AC +1 natural armor; Attack bite (1d8); Ability Scores Str 15, Dex 21, Con 8, Int 2, Wis 13, Cha 12; Special Qualities low-light vision, scent, sprint.

4th-Level Advancement:  Size Large; AC +3; Attack bite (2d6); Ability Scores Str +4, Dex -2, Con +4; Special Attacks devastating bite, grab, swallow whole (Small)

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