monster Celestial Griffon

Celestial
Griffon

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Griffons are powerful,
majestic creatures with the characteristics of both lions and eagles. From
nose to tail, an adult griffon can measure as much as 8 feet. Neither males
nor females are endowed with a mane. A pair of broad, golden wings emerge
from the creature’s back and span 25 feet or more. A griffon weighs about
500 pounds.
A griffon cannot speak,
but understands Common.

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Celestial
Griffon
Size/Type Large magical
beast
(Extraplanar)
Hit
Dice
7d10+21
(59 hp)
Initiative +2
Speed 30 ft.
(6 squares), Fly 80 ft. (average)
Armor
Class
17 (–1
size, +2 Dexterity, +6 natural), touch 11, flat-footed 15
Base
Attack/Grapple
+7/+15
Attack Bite
+11 melee (2d6+4)
Full
Attack
Bite
+11 melee (2d6+4) and 2 claws +8 melee (1d4+2)
Space/Reach 10 ft./5
ft.
Special
Attacks
Pounce,
rake 1d6+2
Special
Qualities
Darkvision 60 ft., Low-Light
Vision
, Scent, Resistance to acid, cold, and electricity
5, Spell
Resistance
12, Damage Reduction 5/magic
Saves Fort
+8, Ref +7, Will +5
Abilities Strength
18, Dexterity 15, Constitution 16, Intelligence 5, Wisdom 13, Charisma 8
Skills Jump +8, Listen +6, Spot +10
Feats Iron
Will
, Multiattack, Weapon Focus (bite)
Environment Temperate
hills in any good-aligned plane
Organization Solitary,
pair, or pride (6–10)
Challenge
Rating
5
Treasure None
Alignment Always
good (any)
Advancement 8–10
HD (Large); 11–21 HD (Huge)
Level
Adjustment
+3 (cohort)


COMBAT

Griffons prefer to pounce
on their prey, either diving to the attack or leaping from above.

Smite Evil (Su): Once
per day the creature can make a normal melee attack to deal extra damage equal
to its HD total (maximum of +20) against a evil foe.

Pounce (Ex): If
a griffon dives upon or charges a foe, it can make a full attack, including
two rake attacks.

Rake (Ex): Attack
bonus +8 melee, damage 1d6+2.

Skills: Griffons
have a +4 racial bonus on Jump and Spot checks.

TRAINING A GRIFFON

Although intelligent,
a griffon requires training before it can bear a rider in combat. To be trained,
a griffon must have a friendly attitude toward the trainer (this can be achieved
through a successful Diplomacy check). Training a friendly griffon requires
six weeks of work and a DC 25 Handle Animal check. Riding a griffon requires
an exotic saddle. A griffon can fight while carrying a rider, but the rider
cannot also attack unless he or she succeeds on a Ride (Dexterity)check.

Griffon eggs are worth
3,500 gp apiece on the open market, while young are worth 7,000 gp each. Professional
trainers charge 1,500 gp to rear or train a griffon.

Carrying Capacity: A light load for a griffon is up to 300 pounds; a medium load, 301–600
pounds; and a heavy load, 601–900 pounds.

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