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Dinosaur; Pteranodon, Giant

by Jamie Baty

HW 25
Gargantuan Animal
Hit Dice: 20d8+160 (250 hp)
Initiative: +6 (+2 Dex, +4 Improved Initiative)
Speed: 15 ft. (3 squares), fly 80 ft. (average)
Armour Class: 16 (-4 size, +2 Dex, +8 natural), touch 8, flat-footed 14
Base Attack/Grapple: +15/+40
Attack: Bite +24 melee (3d8 +13)
Full Attack: Bite +24 melee (3d8 +13) and 2 claw +22 melee (1d8 +6)
Space/Reach: 20 ft. /15 ft.
Special Attacks: Improved grab, swallow whole
Special Qualities: Low-light vision
Saves: Fort +20, Ref +14, Will +9
Abilities: Str 37, Dex 15, Con 27, Int 2, Wis 13, Cha 10
Skills: Balance +7, Climb +16, Hide -10, Listen +6, Spot +6, Survival +6
Feats: Flyby Attack, Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Multiattack, Snatch, Track
Environment: Temperate, Warm mountains
Organisation: Solitary, or Pair
Challenge Rating: 19
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always neutral
Advancement: 21-40 HD (Gargantuan); 41-60 HD (Colossal)
Level Adjustment: -

In the sky above you see what appears to be a flying dinosaur, but it larger than anything you have ever seen grace the skies.

The giant pteranodon is a variant of a pterosaur, one that has never been seen on the outer world: it evolved in the Hollow World of Mystara. It is enormous, with a wingspan of 100' or more. It flies, rather than glides: it can flap its wings and take off from cliff tops, the ground, or even the surface of large bodies of water.

The giant pteranodon lives in nests on cliff tops and mountaintops, and hunts live game to drop in nests for its hatchlings to eat.

Giant pteranodons are excellent predators. They most often will swoop down on its prey and attempt to snatch them with their claws or beak.

Improved Grab (Ex): If a giant pteranodon hits with its bite attack, it deals normal damage and attempts to start a grapple as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity. If the grapple succeeds, the giant pteranodon may hold the victim in its beak. After the hold is established, it may attempt to swallow the creature in any following round.

Swallow Whole (Ex): A giant pteranodon can try to swallow a grabbed opponent of up to two sizes smaller by making a successful grapple check. The swallowed creature takes 2d8+13 points of bludgeoning damage and 8 points of acid damage per round from the giant pteranodon's gizzard. A swallowed creature can cut its way out by using a light slashing or piercing weapon to deal 30 points of damage to the gizzard (AC 14). Once the creature exits, muscular action closes the hole; another swallowed opponent must cut its own way out. A giant pteranodon's gizzard can hold 2 large, 8 medium, 32 small, 128 tiny or smaller opponents.