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Griffon, Armored

Large monstrosity, lawful good

Armor Class 16 (breastplate)
Hit Points 45 (6d10 + 12)
Speed 30 ft., fly 80 ft.

Str Dex Con Int Wis Cha
18 (+4) 16 (+3) 14 (+2) 12 (+1) 16 (+3) 10 (+0)

Skills Perception +7
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 17
Challenge 3 (700 XP)

Special Traits

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


  • Multiattack. The griffon makes three attacks, two with its claws and one with its beak.
  • Claws. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 13 (2d8 + 4) slashing damage.
  • Beak. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (1d12 + 4) piercing damage.


  • Protect. The griffon can shield an ally within 5 feet and can add 1 to their .


The sound of beating wings alerts the castle guards to look skyward. A majestic creature, part eagle and part lion, flies up to the highest tower. A knight dismounts and then he and the humble creature bow to each other. This is the armored griffon, a powerful monstrosity that can race through the skies.

They are fitted with breastplate armor and are ideally suited for combat.

Great Guardian. The bravery of the armored griffon is known throughout the kingdom. Legends tell of a griffon standing its ground against the terrifying chimera. Some cities have elite troops mounted on these creatures, forming a formidable aerial cavalry.

Pack Animal. These beasts are able to carry large amounts of equipment or goods. This is one of the many reasons that the griffons are popular with knights. Some warriors bond so closely to their flying mounts they will give their lives to protect their faithful steeds.

Loyal Mount. Armored griffons often serve as mounts to knights, paladins, and even kings and queens. Like regular griffons, these creatures enjoy feeding on horses and livestock.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Monsters of the City Sins and Virtues A Collection of Monsters for 5th Edition © 2020 Cawood Publishing. Author: Andrew Cawood