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Griffons are powerful, majestic creatures with the characteristics of both lions and eagles. From nose to tail, an adult griffon can measure as much as 8 feet. Neither males nor females are endowed with a mane. A pair of broad, golden wings emerge from the creature’s back and span 25 feet or more. A griffon weighs about 500 pounds. A griffon cannot speak, but understands Common.
|Size/Type||Large magical beast (Extraplanar)|
|Hit Dice||7d10+21 (59 hp)|
|Speed||30 ft. (6 squares), Fly 80 ft. (average)|
|Armor Class||17 (1 size, +2 Dexterity, +6 natural), touch 11, flat-footed 15|
|Attack||Bite +11 melee (2d6+4)|
|Full Attack||Bite +11 melee (2d6+4) and 2 claws +8 melee (1d4+2)|
|Space/Reach||10 ft./5 ft.|
|Special Attacks||Pounce, rake 1d6+2|
|Special Qualities||Darkvision 60 ft., Low-Light Vision, Scent, Resistance to acid, cold, and electricity 5, Spell Resistance 12, Damage Reduction 5/magic|
|Saves||Fort +8, Ref +7, Will +5|
|Abilities||Strength 18, Dexterity 15, Constitution 16, Intelligence 5, Wisdom 13, Charisma 8|
|Skills||Jump +8, Listen +6, Spot +10|
|Feats||Iron Will, Multiattack, Weapon Focus (bite)|
|Environment||Temperate hills in any good-aligned plane|
|Organization||Solitary, pair, or pride (610)|
|Alignment||Always good (any)|
|Advancement||810 HD (Large); 1121 HD (Huge)|
|Level Adjustment||+3 (cohort)|
Griffons prefer to pounce on their prey, either diving to the attack or leaping from above.
Smite Evil (Su): Once per day the creature can make a normal melee attack to deal extra damage equal to its HD total (maximum of +20) against a evil foe.
Pounce (Ex): If a griffon dives upon or charges a foe, it can make a full attack, including two rake attacks.
Rake (Ex): Attack bonus +8 melee, damage 1d6+2.
TRAINING A GRIFFON
Although intelligent, a griffon requires training before it can bear a rider in combat. To be trained, a griffon must have a friendly attitude toward the trainer (this can be achieved through a successful Diplomacy check). Training a friendly griffon requires six weeks of work and a DC 25 Handle Animal check. Riding a griffon requires an exotic saddle. A griffon can fight while carrying a rider, but the rider cannot also attack unless he or she succeeds on a Ride (Dexterity)check.
Griffon eggs are worth 3,500 gp apiece on the open market, while young are worth 7,000 gp each. Professional trainers charge 1,500 gp to rear or train a griffon.
Carrying Capacity: A light load for a griffon is up to 300 pounds; a medium load, 301600 pounds; and a heavy load, 601900 pounds.
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