Dinosaur, Archaeopteryx

Family: Dinosaurs

This flying creature looks to be a foot-long cross between a bird and a reptile, having both a beak and visible teeth. A fan-like tail flares open when it lands.

Tiny beast, unaligned

Armor Class 12 (natural armor)
Hit Points 7 (3d4)
Speed 5 ft., fly 50 ft.

6 (-2) 13 (+1) 10 (+0) 2 (-4) 14 (+2) 6 (-2)

Senses passive Perception 12
Challenge 1/4 (50 XP)

Special Traits

  • Flyby. The archaeopteryx doesn’t provoke opportunity attacks when it flies out of an enemy’s reach.


  • Multiattack. The archaeopteryx makes two attacks: one with its beak and one with its talons.
  • Beak. Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 3 (1d4 + 1) piercing damage.
  • Talons. Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 3 (1d4 + 1) slashing damage.


The archaeopteryx is either a feathered lizard which flies or a bird with teeth and small claws on its wings; opinions vary. It is about the size of a raven with similar black plumage, long legs ending in talons, and a long, fan-like tail. Its beak is lined with small, sharp teeth. The archaeopteryx favors warm, coastal areas, swamps, and jungles.

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