Griffon

Source: System Reference Document 5.0
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Griffon

Large monstrosity, unaligned


Armor Class 12

Hit Points 59 (7d10+35)

Speed 30 ft., fly 80 ft.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
18 (+4) 15 (+2) 16 (+3) 2 (-4) 13 (+1) 8 (-1)

Skills Perception +5

Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 10

Challenge 2 (450 XP)


Keen Sight. The griffon has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on sight.

Actions


Multiattack. The griffon makes two attacks: one with its beak and one with its claws.

Beak. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 8 (1d8 + 4) piercing damage.

Claws.. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 11 (2d6 + 4) slashing damage.

Source: 5srd adaptation of Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary.

Griffons are powerful aerial predators, swooping down from their high aeries to take their prey with beak and talon. Aggressive and territorial, they are no mere beasts, but rather calculating combatants and loyal companions to those who earn their respect, fighting to the death to protect their friends and kin.

Weighing in at over 500 pounds and measuring 8 feet long from hooked beak to tufted tail, the griffon strikes an imposing silhouette that has long been used in heraldry and other iconography as a symbol of power, authority, and justice. In reality, the griffon is less concerned with abstract concepts than with hunting food and protecting its own. While they can sometimes be trained to serve as mounts, griffons have no inherent affinity for humanoids, and frequently come into bloody conflict with civilized races over their attempts to secure their favorite food—horse flesh. City folk may marvel at the trained griffon’s stately manner and 25-foot wingspan, but those farmers forced to share territory with its wild kin know to hurry home and secure their barns when the beasts’ hunting shrieks split the sky.

Griffons mate for life, and will often search for years to take vengeance over a slain mate or child. It was likely this innate stubbornness and fierce loyalty that first brought them into domestic use as mounts and guardians of treasure hoards. Despite the inherent danger, trade in captured griffons and stolen eggs is brisk, with their eggs worth up to 3,500 gp apiece and live young twice that.

Before it can be ridden in combat, a griffon requires practice bearing the weight of its rider. 6 weeks of practice is sufficient for the beast to be comfortable with its burden.

Griffons can carry up to 300 pounds as a light load, 600 pounds as a medium load, and 900 pounds as a heavy load. Riding a griffon requires an exotic saddle.