What strength it has in its loins, what power in the muscles of its belly! Its tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of its thighs are close-knit. Its bones are tubes of bronze, its limbs like rods of iron. It ranks first among the works of God, yet its Maker can approach it with his sword.
The hills bring it their produce, and all the wild animals play nearby. Under the lotus plants it lies, hidden among the reeds in the marsh. The lotuses conceal it in their shadow; the poplars by the stream surround it.
A raging river does not alarm it; it is secure, though the Jordan should surge against its mouth. Can anyone capture it by the eyes, or trap it and pierce its nose?
N Gargantuan animal
Init +0; Senses low-light vision, scent; Perception +27
AC 18, touch 6, flat-footed 18 (+12 natural, –4 size)
hp 171 (18d8+90)
Fort +18, Ref +11, Will +9
Speed 30 ft.
Melee tail +23 (4d6+19)
Space 20 ft.; Reach 20 ft.
Special Attack trample (2d6+19, DC 32)
Str 37, Dex 10, Con 21, Int 2, Wis 13, Cha 10
Base Atk +13; CMB +30; CMD 40 (44 vs. trip)
Feats Cleave, Great Cleave, Great Fortitude, Greater Overrun, Improved Bull Rush, Iron Will, Power Attack, Skill Focus (Perception), Weapon Focus (tail)
Skills Perception +28
Environment warm forests or plains
Organization solitary, pair, or herd (3–12)
Sauropods are (or were) herbivorous (plant-eating), usually quite long-necked quadrupeds (four-legged), often with spatulate (spatula-shaped: broad at the base, narrow at the neck) teeth. They had tiny heads, massive bodies, and most had long tails. Their hind legs were thick, straight, and powerful, ending in club-like feet with five toes, though only the inner three (or in some cases four) bore claws. Their forelimbs were rather more slender and ended in pillar-like hands built for supporting weight; only the thumb bore a claw. Many illustrations of sauropods in the flesh miss these facts, inaccurately depicting sauropods with hooves capping the claw-less digits of the feet, and/or multiple claws or hooves on the hands. The proximal caudal vertebrae are extremely diagnostic for sauropods.
Starting Statistics: Size Medium; Speed 30 ft.; AC +3 natural armor; Attack tail (2d4); Ability Scores Str 13, Dex 14, Con 11, Int 2, Wis 13, Cha 10; Special Qualities low-light vision, scent.
7th-Level Adv.: Size Large; AC +2 natural armor; Attack tail (2d6); Ability Scores Str +8, Dex –2, Con +4; Special Qualities trample (1d8).
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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary. © 2009, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Author: Jason Bulmahn, based on material by Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, and Skip Williams.