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Large beast, unaligned

Armor Class 12 (natural armor)
Hit Points 22 (3d10 + 6)
Speed 40 ft.

18 (+4) 10 (+0) 14 (+2) 2 (–4) 10 (+0) 6 (–3)

Skills Perception + 2
Senses passive Perception 12
Challenge 1 (200 XP)


  • Multiattack. The platybelodon makes one Gore attack and one Trunk attack.
  • Gore. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 8 (1d8 + 4) slashing damage.
  • Trunk. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 9 (1d10 + 4) bludgeoning damage.


We did not discover the lower plateau until our expedition was nearly at its end. The life here was different; instead of great reptiles, we found massive mammals of primitive mien, creatures that looked familiar but only through the lens of scholarly wisdom. One among these stood out, for it was in size and shape much like a pygmy forest elephant, though with a shorter trunk and a long lower jaw armed with sharp teeth. We watched these creatures for some time and discovered that they used the lower jaw to scrape the bark off trees or even to sever a low-hanging limb to be masticated in the beast’s powerful jaws. This trick also worked on human limbs, as two of our porters discovered when they tried their hands at hunting.

One of the more common large mammals found in regions of the world where creatures from past eons managed to survive, the platybelodon is similar to modern elephants, but of smaller stature. It moves in small herds and feeds on bark and small tree limbs, using their short trunks to grasp and their long shovel-like lower jaws to cut and grind. These jaws jut out some distance from the creature’s face and feature a pair of short, sharp tusks. While not territorial, they can be fearsome when roused to anger.

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