Megafauna, Moa

Standing on muscular legs that end in enormous talons, this flightless bird is almost twice the height of a man.

Moa CR 2

XP 600
N Large animal
Init +7; Senses low-light vision; Perception +9


AC 15, touch 12, flat-footed 12 (+3 Dex, +3 natural, –1 size)
hp 19 (3d8+6)
Fort +5, Ref +6, Will +1


Speed 30 ft.
Melee 2 talons +4 (1d6+3)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.


Str 17, Dex 16, Con 14, Int 2, Wis 11, Cha 9
Base Atk +2; CMB +6; CMD 19
Feats Improved Initiative, Skill Focus (Perception)
Skills Perception +9


Environment warm plains
Organization solitary, pair, group (3–5), or colony (6–100)
Treasure none

Moas are large, flightless birds that, with their necks outstretched, stand nearly as tall as ogres. They roam the grasslands feeding on the thick grasses and shrubs that are mostly inedible to smaller birds and mammals. While these birds are gigantic, they are rather docile and skittish, preferring to flee than fight.

They can become aggressive when faced with predators or perceived threats to their young or food sources. In these cases, the larger birds of a colony or group move forward to protect the young and weak moas of the flock.

These larger moas leap into the air and lash out with both of their broad, sharp talons to inflict grievous wounds.

A full-grown moa can weigh as much as 500 lbs.

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