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The griffin a beast like a lion but with the beak and wings of an eagle. 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.

Large magical beast
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
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
Organization Solitary, pair, or pride (6-10)
Challenge Rating 4
Treasure None
Alignment Always neutral
Advancement 8-10 HD (Large); 11-21 HD (Huge)
Level Adjustment +3 (cohort)


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

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 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.

Ultimate Equipment Guide II

Author Greg Lynch, J. C. Alvarez
Publisher Mongoose Publishing
Publish date 2005
ISBN 1-904854-97-4
OGL Section 15 ueg2

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Majestic and powerful, the griffon is one of the most highly sought-after aerial mounts. Its penchant for horseflesh, however, can land the griffon’s owner in some unanticipated trouble.

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