Buffalo (Cattle)

Family: Herd Animals

Large beast, unaligned

Armor Class 13 (natural armor)
Hit Points 17 (2d10+6)
Speed 40 ft.

20 (+5) 11 (+0) 16 (+3) 3 (-4) 10 (+0) 7 (-2)

Senses passive Perception 10
Challenge ¼ (50 XP)


  • Keen Smell. The buffalo has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on smell.
  • Trampling Charge. If the buffalo moves at least 20 feet straight toward a creature and then hits it with a gore attack on the same turn, that target must succeed on a DC 15 Strength saving throw or be knocked prone. If the target is prone, the buffalo can make one attack with its hooves against it as a bonus action.
  • Rage. When injured, a buffalo must make a DC 15 Wisdom saving throw. If it fails, the buffalo flies into a rage. The buffalo gains phenomenal strength and durability, but becomes reckless and less able to defend itself. The buffalo temporarily gains +4 to its attack and damage rolls, but suffers a –2 penalty to AC. The rage lasts until the bull is slain or the danger is removed.
  • Stampede. A frightened herd of cattle flees as a group in a random direction (but always away from the perceived source of danger). They literally run over anything of size large or small that gets in their way, dealing 1d12 points of bludgeoning damage for every five cattle in the herd. Each target may make a DC 17 Dexterity saving throw , taking full damage on a failed save, or half damage on a successful one.


  • Gore. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 12 (2d6+5) piercing damage.
  • Hooves. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 12 (2d6+5) bludgeoning damage.


Buffalo are large herbivores that travel in small or vast herds. They generally follow one dominant bull and several smaller bulls. They are migratory, moving over the plains in seasonal patterns. They are very large, averaging 5-6 feet at the shoulder. They can be aggressive, but generally flee from any perceived danger. The bulls on the other hand become extremely aggressive when threatened.

Buffalo bulls are notorious for their ill tempers and are easily provoked. Once enraged, they wildly attack any nearby moving target. The following applies only to bulls, whether cattle or buffalo.

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