This lumbering bull hippopotamus lunges out of the water and yawns wide, displaying an impressive set of tusk-like teeth.

Hippopotamus CR 5

XP 1,600
N Large animal
Init +4; Senses low-light vision, scent; Perception +8


AC 17, touch 9, flat-footed 17 (+8 natural, –1 size)
hp 59 (7d8+28)
Fort +8 (+10 vs. nonmagical disease), Ref +5, Will +3
Defensive Abilities sweat


Speed 40 ft.
Melee bite +8 (2d8+6)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks capsize, trample (1d8+6, DC 17)


Str 19, Dex 10, Con 16, Int 2, Wis 13, Cha 5
Base Atk +5; CMB +10; CMD 20 (24 vs. trip)
Feats Endurance, Improved Initiative, Power Attack, Skill Focus (Perception)
Skills Perception +8, Stealth +1 (+11 underwater), Swim +11; Racial Modifiers +10 Stealth underwater
SQ hold breath


Capsize (Ex)

A hippopotamus can overturn a boat of its size or Smaller by ramming it as a charge attack and making a CMB check. The DC of this check is 25 or the result of the boat captain’s Profession (sailor) check, whichever is higher.

Sweat (Ex)

A hippo’s reddish sweat protects it from nonlethal damage from hot environments, and grants it a +2 racial bonus on saving throws against nonmagical disease.

Hippo Companions

Starting Statistics: Size Medium; Speed 40 ft.; AC +6 natural armor; Attack bite (1d8); Ability Scores Str 11, Dex 12, Con 12, Int 2, Wis 13, Cha 5; Special Qualities low-light vision, scent, sweat.

7th-Level Advancement: Size Large; AC +2 natural armor; Attack bite (2d8); Ability Scores Str +8, Dex –2, Con +4; Special Ability trample.


Environment warm rivers
Organization solitary, pair, or bloat (3–20)
Treasure none

The ill-tempered “river horse” has a well-earned reputation for hostility, despite the fact that it is a herbivore.

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.

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