Friday, October 5, 2018

Frightful Fridays! Frogtober! Pseudoraptor Frog

Hello and welcome back for day 5 of Frogtober! Today's Inktober theme is "chicken," and Hugo Solis ( crafted the very nice illustration below. It's part frog! It's part chicken! It's all delicious! (maybe more so in certain parts of your campaign world) You've even got an option to take a pseudoraptor frog as an animal companion. PCs can confound their opponents with one.

I hope you enjoy the pseudoraptor frog, and I'll see you tomorrow with another monster!

Should I walk or hop across the road?

This creature combines features of a frog and a chicken, with a frog’s head complete with chicken beak sitting atop a body with fleshy folds rather than feathers. Two legs extend from its body and end in short but dangerous talons.
Pseudoraptor Frog      CR 5
XP 1,600
N Large animal
Init +7; Senses low-light vision, scent; Perception +10
AC 18, touch 12, flat-footed 15 (+3 Dex, +6 natural, 1 size)
hp 59 (7d8+28)
Fort +9, Ref +8, Will +4
Defensive Abilities stability
Speed 30 ft., fly 20 ft. (clumsy), swim 30 ft.
Melee bite +9 (1d6+5 plus grab), 2 talons +10 (1d8+5)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks leaping charge, pounce, rake (2 claws +9, 1d8+5)
Str 21, Dex 16, Con 18, Int 1, Wis 14, Cha 11
Base Atk +5; CMB +11 (+13 bull rush, +15 grapple); CMD 24 (30 vs. bull rush, 28 vs. trip)
Feats Improved Bull Rush, Improved Initiative, Power Attack, Weapon Focus (talon)
Skills Acrobatics +13 (+17 when jumping), Fly 7, Perception +10, Swim +13; Racial Modifiers +4 Acrobatics when jumping, +8 Perception
Environment warm land
Organization solitary, pair, coop (320)
Treasure none
Leaping Charge (Ex) When charging, a pseudroraptor can ignore difficult terrain if it succeeds on a DC 20 Acrobatics check.
Stability (Ex) A pseudoraptor frog gains a +4 racial bonus to its CMD against bull rush and trip attempts while standing on solid ground.

Many people look at pseudoraptor frogs and their strange amalgamation of chicken and frog features and assume some magical tinkering took place. In fact, the frogs grew powerful legs and barely functional wings over the course of multiple generations, so they could hunt flying prey and avoid predators hunting them. Their ungainliness proves misleading to intelligent creatures who encounter them, and these creatures are often caught completely off-guard when the frogs suddenly leap out and slash the creatures with their powerful talons.

Pseudoraptor frogs instinctively lair in locations with broken ground, aware that landbound foes have trouble navigating the obstacles inherent in the landscape while they are free to cover the distance without hindrance. They like open spaces and avoid situations where they get boxed in. The frogs are often found in blasted wastelands and serve as guard animals for powerful creatures that call such places home.

A typical pseudoraptor stands 9 feet tall, weighs 700 pounds, and lives for 15 years.

Pseudoraptor Frog Companions
Druids, rangers, and other characters might choose a pseudoraptor frog for its surprising mode of attack.

Starting Statistics: Size Medium; Speed 30 ft.; AC +4 natural armor; Attack bite (1d4), 2 talons (1d6); Ability Scores Str 13, Dex 18, Con 12, Int 1, Wis 14, Cha 11; Special Qualities low-light vision, scent, stability, leaping charge

7th-Level Advancement: Size Large; AC +2 natural armor; Attack bite (1d6), 2 talons (1d8); Ability Scores Str +8, Dex 2, Con +6; Racial Modifiers +4 Acrobatics when jumping

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