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Dinosaur, Hadrosaurid

Hadrosaurid Creature4

N Huge Animal Dinosaur

Senses Perception +13, low-light vision, scent (imprecise) 30 feet

Skills Athletics +12, Stealth +10

Str +6, Dex +2, Con +3, Int -4, Wis +1, Cha +0

AC 21; Fort +12, Ref +10, Will +11

HP 60

Speed 30 feet

Melee tail +14 (reach 15 feet), Damage 2d6+8 bludgeoning

Melee foot +12 (reach 15 feet), Damage 2d4+8 bludgeoning

Sprint [two-actions] Frequency once per minute; Effect The hadrosaurid Strides twice. It has a +20-foot circumstance bonus to its Speed during these Strides.

Trample [three-actions] Large or smaller, foot, DC 21


Hadrosaurids are a broad grouping of herbivorous dinosaurs that share characteristic flat snouts filled with rows of grinding teeth well suited for feeding on vegetation. Also known as “duck-billed dinosaurs” due to the unusual shape of their jaws, hadrosaurids are lumbering creatures that can rival an elephant for size, although they tend to be much less aggressive and are prone to flight when confronted with danger rather than stubbornly standing their ground. Many species of hadrosaurids have uniquely shaped crests on their heads that give each species its own unusual profile, making them easily recognizable even to an amateur dinosaur watcher.

Giants and other oversized creatures have been known to domesticate hadrosaurids to serve as livestock. Despite their ability to sprint quickly, they don’t make particularly viable mounts due to their timid natures, but in a large group, a panicked gathering of hadrosaurids can wreak great damage with their trampling.

A hadrosaurid can walk for short distances on its hind legs but prefers to graze and travel on all fours. The typical hadrosaurid is 20 to 30 feet long and can weigh up to 10,000 pounds.

Dinosaur Abilities

While the real world fossil records hold a wealth of inspiration for the reconstruction of dinosaurs in an RPG, you can also look to living creatures for ideas. Giving a dinosaur a poisonous bite or an unusual attack routine like Clobbering Charge ensures that dinosaurs are as interesting in combat as they are in appearance.

The different species of hadrosaurids all use the same statistics. While some species have no cranial crest at all, those who do, such as the distinctive backward-curling crest of the parasaurolophus, are capable of vocalizing sonorous and haunting calls when they seek the attention of a mate or warning their herd of a predator’s approach.

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