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Pterosaur, Quetzalcoatlus

A brightly colored creature swoops down to land on the branch above. Its head is overly large, with a mouth full of sharp teeth and bright, shiny eyes. The thing chirps, lashes its long thin tail, and then with a flap of leathery wings is in the air once again.

Quetzalcoatlus CR 7

XP 3,200
N Huge animal
Init +7; Senses low-light vision, scent; Perception +13

DEFENSE

AC 19, touch 12, flat-footed 15 (+3 Dex, +1 dodge, +7 natural, –2 size)
hp 82 (11d8+33)
Fort +10, Ref +12, Will +5

OFFENSE

Speed 30 ft., fly 50 ft. (clumsy)
Melee bite +13 (2d8+7/×3), 2 wings +8 (1d6+3)
Space 15 ft.; Reach 15 ft.

STATISTICS

Str 25, Dex 17, Con 17, Int 2, Wis 14, Cha 12
Base Atk +8; CMB +17; CMD 31
Feats Dodge, Flyby Attack, Improved Initiative, Lightning Reflexes, Lunge, Skill Focus (Perception)
Skills Fly –6, Perception +13
SQ razor-sharp beak

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Razor-Sharp Beak (Ex)

A quetzalcoatlus’s razor-sharp beak has a critical modifier of x3.

Quetzalcoatlus Companions

Starting Statistics

Size Medium; AC +2 natural armor; Speed 30 ft., fly 50 ft. (clumsy); Attack bite (1d8); Ability Scores Str 9, Dex 21, Con 10, Int 2, Wis 14, Cha 12; Special Qualities low-light vision, scent.

9th-level Advancement

Size Large; AC +3 natural armor; Attack bite (2d6/×3), 2 wings (1d4); Ability Scores Str +8, Dex –2, Con +4; Special Qualities razor-sharp beak.

ECOLOGY

Environment warm coastline, swamps, or plains
Organization solitary, pair, or flock (3–6)
Treasure none

Pterosaurs are often found in regions where dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures are commonly encountered, yet they are not dinosaurs themselves. The pteranodon is the most well known and widespread of these flying reptiles, but numerous other species exist, such as the relatively small rhamphorhynchus, the venomous dimorphodon, and the lumbering, giraffe-sized quetzalcoatlus. While the larger pterosaurs are awkward fliers, the smaller ones can be quite agile and quick. Pterosaurs generally dwell on coastlines, along rivers, or near swamps or lakes, for the majority of their diet consists of fish snatched from the water in daring dives. Pterosaurs are quite territorial, though, and most won’t hesitate to swoop down and hiss, shriek, and attack things their size or larger.

Perhaps the largest of the pterosaurs, the quetzalcoatlus (known to some as the “swamp stalker” and others by the misnomer of “dragonling”) is truly an awe-inspiring sight in the air, with its impressive 40-foot wingspan. On the ground, this creature’s profile bears an uncanny resemblance to that of a giraffe, save for the fact that the folded wings arch up to either side of its lightly feathered body, and its head bears a horrific, razor-sharp beak. Unlike dimorphodons, quetzalcoatluses are difficult to train. Handle Animal checks made to train one of these looming pterosaurs take a –4 penalty.

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