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Herd Animal, Elk (Megaloceros)

The massive and majestic elk stands fully the height of a human at its shoulder, and its antlers stretch over ten feet across.

Megaloceros CR 4

XP 1,200
N Large animal
Init +2; Senses low-light vision, scent; Perception +9

DEFENSE

AC 16, touch 11, flat-footed 14 (+2 Dex, +5 natural, –1 size)
hp 34 (4d8+16)
Fort +8, Ref +8, Will +3

OFFENSE

Speed 50 ft.
Melee gore +7 (2d6+5), 2 hooves +2 (1d4+2)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks powerful charge (4d6+7)

STATISTICS

Str 20, Dex 15, Con 18, Int 2, Wis 15, Cha 5
Base Atk +3; CMB +9; CMD 21 (25 vs. trip)
Feats Endurance, Lightning Reflexes, RunB
Skills Perception +9

ECOLOGY

Environment cold or temperate plains
Organization solitary, pair, or herd (3–50)
Treasure none

Powerful and swift land mammals, elk range through the plains, hills, and forests of many wildernesses, in great herds. Related to deer, elk prove important parts of many ecologies, being able to fend off or flee many threats while feeding greater predators. Their size, strength, and antlers—reaching up to 10 feet wide on some males—allow them to contend with most of their environment’s dangers, though herds generally favor flight to combat.

In some secluded wilds, primeval megaloceros—massive ancestors of the elk—still flourish, standing up to 9 feet tall, with bulks of 1,500 pounds and antlers growing over 12 feet wide. In all species, only male elk grow antlers. Female elk have the same statistics as males, but lack the gore or powerful charge attacks.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 2, © 2010, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Authors Wolfgang Baur, Jason Bulmahn, Adam Daigle, Graeme Davis, Crystal Frasier, Joshua J. Frost, Tim Hitchcock, Brandon Hodge, James Jacobs, Steve Kenson, Hal MacLean, Martin Mason, Rob McCreary, Erik Mona, Jason Nelson, Patrick Renie, Sean K Reynolds, F. Wesley Schneider, Owen K.C. Stephens, James L. Sutter, Russ Taylor, and Greg A. Vaughan, based on material by Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, and Skip Williams.