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(Dinosaur) Panoplosaurus

By J.T. Csotonyi -, CC BY 2.5,, Panoplosaurus
By J.T. Csotonyi –, CC BY 2.5,

This giant, tank-like dinosaur vaguely resembles a four-legged reptilian knight: the armor on its back resembles built-in spiked plate mail, and the scales on its head are fused into a helmet.

Originally Posted by InsanePsychoRabbit of the Wizards Community forums.

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Panoplosaurus is a giant, late-surviving nodosaur. It is heavily armored, even by the standards of other nodosaurs: this is how it received is name panoplosaurus, which means all-armored lizard. Panoplosaurus are relatively docile for creatures of great size, largely due to their armor protecting them from carnivores; however, if a panoplosaurus is disturbed, it will bring its full wrath to bear upon its foe. Some cultures revere these creatures as divine, but none have ever domesticated them.

A panoplosaurus is 18-25 feet long and weighs up to 4 tons.

Dinosaur, Panoplosaurus
Huge animal
Hit Dice9d8+63 (103 hp)
Speed30 ft. (6 squares)
Armor Class20 (-2 size, -1 Dexterity, +13 natural), touch 7, flat-footed 20
Base Attack/Grapple+6/+21
AttackShoulder spikes +11 melee (2d6+7); or slam +11 melee (1d8+10)
Full AttackShoulder spikes +11 melee (2d6+7) and tail slap +6 melee (2d6+3); or slam +11 melee (1d8+10)
Space/Reach15 ft./10 ft.
Special AttacksPowerful charge
Special QualitiesLow-Light Vision, Scent
SavesFort +13, Ref +5, Will +4
AbilitiesStrength 25, Dexterity 9, Constitution 25, Intelligence 2, Wisdom 12, Charisma 4
SkillsListen +9, Spot +9
FeatsAwesome Blow, Improved Bull Rush, Improved Natural Armor, Power Attack
EnvironmentWarm plains and forests
OrganizationSolitary, pair, or family (3-6)
Challenge Rating6
AlignmentAlways neutral
Advancement10-18 HD (Huge), 19-24 HD (Gargantuan)


Panoplosaurus tends to ignore smaller creatures; however, if attacked, a panoplosaurus will retaliate with its tail slap and shoulder spikes. If attacked by a Large or
smaller carnivore, it will charge and attempt to deliver an Awesome Blow to its opponent.

Powerful Charge (Ex): When a panoplosaurus makes a charge, its slam attack deals 2d8+14 damage in addition to the normal benefits and hazards of a charge.

Skills: A panoplosaurus has a +2 racial bonus on Listen and Spot checks.

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