Megafauna, Chalicotherium

This huge, rather slow-moving and slothlike creature has long, clawed forelimbs and short rear legs.

Chalicotherium CR 6

XP 2,400
N Large animal
Init +0; Senses low-light vision, scent; Perception +10


AC 18, touch 9, flat-footed 18 (+9 natural, –1 size)
hp 68 (8d8+32)
Fort +10, Ref +6, Will +4


Speed 30 ft.
Melee 2 claws +13 (1d8+8)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.


Str 26, Dex 11, Con 18, Int 2, Wis 11, Cha 5
Base Atk +6; CMB +15 (+17 bull rush); CMD 25 (27 vs. bull rush, 29 vs. trip)
Feats Endurance, Improved Bull Rush, Iron Will, Power Attack
Skills Climb +11, Perception +10


Environment temperate forests
Organization solitary or pair
Treasure none

Chalicotheriums are massive creatures resembling sloths with vaguely equine heads and long forelimbs ending in wickedly sharp claws. These creatures are generally docile and will attack only when provoked, but they defend their homes and young from attack viciously. A typical adult chalicotherium is about 10 feet tall at the shoulder and 12 feet long from nose to rump, and weighs 14,000 pounds.

When on the ground, a chalicotherium seems almost to be standing upright, as its short, stocky rear legs support most of its body weight. Its ability to climb is superb, though only exceptionally large trees are sturdy enough to support it, and its long front limbs allow it to quickly ascend to dizzying heights even among relatively sparse foliage. The chalicotherium diet consists mainly of flowers and leaves, and a small family of these animals can quickly strip all the greenery from an area of forest before moving on.

Chalicotheriums are generally found alone or in breeding pairs with young. Chalicotheriums are protective of their offspring, which they produce in small litters of one to three pups at a time.

These pups use their still-developing claws to hold on to a thick fat pad on the mother’s back.

Chalicotherium Companions

Starting Statistics

Size Medium; Speed 30 ft., climb 30 ft.; AC +4 natural; Attack 2 claws (1d4); Ability Scores Str 12, Dex 14, Con 13, Int 2, Wis 13, Cha 3; Special Qualities low-light vision, scent.

7th-Level Advancement

Size Large; AC +2 natural; Attack 2 claws (1d6); Ability Scores Str +8, Dex –2, Con +4; Special Attack rend (2 claws, 1d6).

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 5 © 2015, Paizo Inc.; Authors: Dennis Baker, Jesse Benner, John Bennett, Logan Bonner, Creighton Broadhurst, Robert Brookes, Benjamin Bruck, Jason Bulmahn, Adam Daigle, Thurston Hillman, Eric Hindley, Joe Homes, James Jacobs, Amanda Hamon Kunz, Ben McFarland, Jason Nelson, Thom Phillips, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, Alistair Rigg, Alex Riggs, David N. Ross, Wes Schneider, David Schwartz, Mark Seifter, Mike Shel, James L. Sutter, and Linda Zayas-Palmer.

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