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(Dinosaur) Struthiosaurus

Originally Posted by InsanePsychoRabbit of the Wizards Community forums.

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Struthiosaurus is a small, island-dwelling nodosaur with good natural armor and spikes on its tail and forequarters. Halflings sometimes raise them as beasts of burden and as mounts, and also for their eggs, which some consider a delicacy.

The average struthiosaurus is about 7 feet long and 220 pounds in weight; however, specimens of up to 13 feet in length and 500 pounds or more in weight have been recorded.

Dinosaur, Struthiosaurus
Medium animal 
Hit Dice3d8+6 (19 hp)
Initiative+1
Speed30 ft. (6 squares)
Armor Class17 (+1 Dexterity, +6 natural), touch 11, flat-footed 16
Base Attack/Grapple+2/+3
AttackTail slap +3 melee (1d6+3)
Full AttackTail slap +3 melee (1d6+3)
Space/Reach5 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks
Special QualitiesBody spikes, Low-Light Vision
SavesFort +7, Ref +4, Will +2
AbilitiesStrength 13, Dexterity 13, Constitution 15, Intelligence 2, Wisdom 12, Charisma 6
SkillsListen +4, Spot +4
FeatsEndurance, Great Fortitude
EnvironmentTemperate forests
OrganizationSolitary or pair
Challenge Rating2
TreasureNone
AlignmentAlways neutral
Advancement4-5 HD (Medium), 6-8 HD (Large)

Combat

When attacked, Struthiosaurus lashes out with its spiked tail. If grappled by an opponent, it attempts to impale that opponent on its back spikes.

Body Spikes (Ex): A struthiosaurus has spikes on its back, which it uses to impale opponents attempting to grapple it. When grappling, they deal damage as Medium armor spikes.

Struthiosaurus as Animal Companions

A struthiosaurus makes an appropriate animal companion for a druid of at least 4th level.

Struthiosaurus as Special Mounts

Some local halfling paladins swear by struthiosauruses because of their built-in armor and spikes. A struthiosaurus makes an appropriate special mount for a paladin of at least 5th level. A struthiosaurus can only carry a Small rider.

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