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Dinosaur Coelophysis

Coelophysis, By Park Ranger, artist Jeff Martz[1] - Coelophysis and by FunkMonk, Public Domain,
By Park Ranger, artist Jeff Martz[1] – Coelophysis and by FunkMonk, Public Domain,

 This slender biped has a long snout with jagged teeth, small clawed arms, a long tail and a small crest of feathers on the back of its head.

Originally Posted by Shade of the En World forums.

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Coelophysis, also known as pokedesaurus, is a smaller carnivorous dinosaur, roughly equivalent to a reptilian wolf.

These creatures are usually 10 feet long, with almost half of that length being tail. They usually live in small packs, with solitary individuals usually being outcasts or young males seeking a mate. Sometimes, though, many packs will merge into an unstoppable horde of creatures, which eat anything in their path, including each other. After a few months of ravaging the wilderness, the horde disperses, sometimes because of some calamity killing all of its members, but sometimes with no loss of life to any of the coelophysises. Sages are still unsure of why this happens, as there is no obvious environmental trigger.

Dinosaur, Coelophysis
Medium animal 
Hit Dice2d8+4 (13 hp)
Speed60 ft .(12 squares)
Armor Class17 (+4 Dexterity, +3 natural), touch 14, flat-footed 13
Base Attack/Grapple+1/+2
AttackBite +5 melee (1d6+1)
Full AttackBite +5 melee (1d6+1) and 2 claws +0 melee (1d3)
Space/Reach5 ft./5 ft.
Special AttacksTrip
Special QualitiesLow-Light Vision, Scent, uncanny dodge
SavesFort +5, Ref +7, Will +1
AbilitiesStrength 12, Dexterity 18, Constitution 14, Intelligence 2, Wisdom 12, Charisma 10
SkillsHide +9, Jump +13, Listen +6, Move Silently +9, Spot +6, Survival +6
FeatsTrack (B), Weapon Finesse
EnvironmentWarm deserts and plains
OrganizationSolitary, pair, pack (4-7) or horde (10-100)
Challenge Rating2
AlignmentAlways neutral
Advancement3-6 HD (Medium)
Level Adjustment


Coelophysises attack prey from ambush, knocking it down and nipping at its prone form. They shy away from any prey larger than themselves, and will not attack humans unless starved (or in a horde).

Trip (Ex): A coelophysis that hits with a bite attack may immediately make a trip attempt (+1 check modifier) as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity. If the attempt fails, the opponent cannot react to trip the coelophysis.

Skills: A coelophysis has a +4 racial bonus on Hide, Listen, Move Silently, Spot and Survival checks.

Originally appeared in Monster Manual II (1983).

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