Behemoth (4e Creature)

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Deathclaw Behemoth[edit]

Many varieties of deathclaw behemoths are covered in plumage.
Size comparison to a human.

Although deathclaw behemoths are carnivorous, they are opportunistic and will scavenge off of other creatures' kills when possible. They are rarely encountered alone, gathering in packs that can number twenty or more in size. The more deathclaws there are in a pack, the larger the prey it can potentially take down: even small groups can kill prey the size of a giant. A smaller but closely related species known as the lesser deathclaw behaves in much the same way but is limited to proportionately smaller prey.

Lesser Deathclaw Behemoth
Level 3 Skirmisher
Medium natural beast (reptile)
XP 150
Initiative +6 Senses Perception +7
HP 44; Bloodied 22
AC 17; Fortitude 15, Reflex 16, Will 15
Speed 10
Basicmelee.png Claw ♦ at-will
Effect: +8 vs. AC; 1d10 + 3 damage.
Melee.png Spring Attack ♦ at-will
Effect: The lesser deathclaw behemoth moves up to 10 squares and makes one melee basic attack at any point during that movement. The lesser deathclaw behemoth doesn’t provoke opportunity attacks when moving away from the target of the attack.
Skills
Str 14 (+3) Dex 17 (+4) Wis 13 (+2)
Con 12 (+2) Int 2 (–3) Cha 6 (–1)
Alignment Unaligned Languages
Equipment
Deathclaw Behemoth
Level 6 Skirmisher
Large natural beast (mount, reptile)
XP 250
Initiative +9 Senses Perception +10
HP 70; Bloodied 35
AC 20; Fortitude 18, Reflex 19, Will 18
Speed 10
Basicmelee.png Claw ♦ at-will
Effect: +11 vs. AC; 1d10 + 4 damage.
Melee.png Spring Attack ♦ at-will
Effect: The deathclaw behemoth moves up to 10 squares and makes one melee basic attack at any point during that movement. The deathclaw behemoth doesn’t provoke opportunity attacks when moving away from the target of the attack.
Agile Movement
Effect: A deathclaw behemoth’s rider gains a +2 bonus to Reflex defense.
Skills
Str 16 (+6) Dex 19 (+7) Wis 15 (+5)
Con 14 (+5) Int 2 (–1) Cha 6 (+1)
Alignment Unaligned Languages
Equipment

Deathclaw Behemoth Tactics[edit]

Deathclaw behemoths attack on the move. They form a loose ring around a potential victim and then take turns running to the opposite side, raking at the prey with their vicious claws on their way past. Using this tactic, they can wear down creatures of almost any size, given enough time, and present the potential prey with very little opportunity to fight back. Deathclaw behemoths serving as mounts tend towards a similar tactic, alternating the exact shape of the ring depending on how many friendly creatures are present.

Deathclaw Behemoth Lore[edit]

A character knows the following information with a successful Nature check.

DC 15: Deathclaw behemoths are reptilian pack hunters. They are territorial and will attack virtually anything, particularly during mating season.

DC 20: Deathclaws circle their prey in a ring and alternate attacks. Very few creatures can survive such an onslaught, as they are given very little opportunity to fight back against the deathclaw's constant movement.

Deathclaw Behemoths as Mounts[edit]

Deathclaw behemoths are most easily trained when kept away from others of their kind. In groups, they tend to revert back to their natural pack tendencies and can quickly turn on their riders, unable to distinguish them from any other potential food source.

  • Carrying Capacity 160 lb. (normal); 320 lb. (heavy); 800 lb. (push/drag)
  • Market Price 1,800 gp

Maulhead Behemoth[edit]

A typical mauldhead behemoth. Not all species have spikes like this one, but they're common.
Size comparison to a human.

Maulhead behemoths are a bipedal species with a thick, bony plate that covers most of their skull. Although several similar species exist, they lack the signature ability to ram opponents that the maulhead has, as their skulls are too thin to sustain hard impacts. Maulheads are very territorial and will charge virtually anything that's not significantly larger than themselves. They are usually encountered alone except during the brief mating season, which usually takes place during the spring.

Maulhead Behemoth
Level 4 Elite Brute
Large natural beast (reptile)
XP 350
Initiative +3 Senses Perception +4
HP 136; Bloodied 68
AC 18; Fortitude 20, Reflex 15, Will 18
Saving Throws +2
Speed 6 (8 when charging)
Action Points 1
Basicmelee.png Headbutt ♦ at-will
Effect: +7 vs. Fortitude; 1d10 + 4 damage, and the target is knocked prone. Miss: Half damage, and the target is not knocked prone.
Powerful Charge ♦ at-will
Effect: When a maulhead behemoth charges, it deals an extra 5 damage, and the target is dazed until the end of its next turn.
Skills
Str 20 (+7) Dex 12 (+3) Wis 15 (+4)
Con 18 (+6) Int 1 (–1) Cha 8 (+1)
Alignment Unaligned Languages
Equipment

Maulhead Behemoth Tactics[edit]

A maulhead behemoth initially attacks by charging any creature that it perceives as a threat. Once in melee combat, it simply headbutts the foe until it dies or leaves the maulhead's territory. Maulhead behemoths are excessively stubborn and will usually fight to the death.

Maulhead Behemoth Lore[edit]

A character knows the following information with a successful Nature check.

DC 15: Maulhead behemoths are bipedal reptiles that live in forests and open plains. Although they feed primarily on plants and insects, they're extremely aggressive and will attack almost anything.

DC 20: Maulheads will only continue an assault for as long as a creature remains in its perceived territory - a creature can potentially avoid further attacks by simply leaving this area. Aside from that, they will fight until slain.

Finback Behemoth[edit]

Finback behemoths come in many colors, but they usually blend in with their surroundings.

Finback behemoths resemble enormous lizards with a large dorsal fin on their back. This fin serves primarily to help regulate the creature's body temperature, but also helps attract mates and ward of smaller predators. Finbacks are also known for their extremely powerful jaws, which can easily immobilize a full-grown human. Once it has a firm grip on its prey, the finback shakes its head back and forth, sawing into the victim's flesh with surprising ease. Those who live near the forests and marshes that finbacks call home have learned to give them plenty of room when encountered.

Finback Behemoth
Level 7 Brute
Large natural beast (reptile)
XP 300
Initiative +4 Senses Perception +11
HP 97; Bloodied 48
AC 19; Fortitude 21, Reflex 17, Will 19
Speed 6 (swamp walk), swim 4
Basicmelee.png Bite ♦ at-will
Effect: +10 vs. AC; 2d6 + 5 damage, and the target is grabbed (until escape).
Melee.png Rend ♦ recharge D6 (4).png D6 (5).png D6 (6).png
Effect: Targets a creature the finback behemoth has grabbed; +8 vs. Fortitude; 1d8 + 5 damage, and the target takes a –2 penalty to checks made to escape a grab until the end of its next turn.
Melee.png Tearing Jaws ♦ encounter
Effect: Close burst 1; +8 vs. AC; 3d10 + 5 damage. This attack deals an extra 4 damage against bloodied targets.
Skills Athletics +13
Str 20 (+8) Dex 12 (+4) Wis 16 (+6)
Con 17 (+6) Int 2 (–1) Cha 8 (+2)
Alignment Unaligned Languages
Equipment

Finback Behemoth Tactics[edit]

A finback behemoth relies entirely on its powerful jaws to take down prey. It bites at a potential meal until it gets a hold, then attempts to drag it off into thick underbrush or even a pool of water where the finback can more easily subdue its prey. It uses rend whenever the ability is available. Finbacks prefer to attack a single creature at a time, so if forced to fight multiple targets it may seek to retreat and almost always does so after it has used tearing jaws.

Finback Behemoth Lore[edit]

A character knows the following information with a successful Nature check.

DC 15: Finback behemoths are vicious predators that live in swamps and forests. Although capable of taking down creatures larger than themselves, they prefer easier prey like humanoids or small game animals.

DC 20: A finback behemoth is not particularly skilled at fighting multiple opponents and may flee if presented with more than one or two targets. They are primarily a risk to injured or otherwise weakened creatures, including children.

Terrorfin Behemoth[edit]

Half of a terrorfin's length comes from its neck.

Terrorfin behemoths are aquatic creatures that feed primarily on small fish. Although they spend their entire lives in the water, terrorfins breathe air, so they surface with fair regularity. This, coupled with the creature's natural curiosity, makes encounters between terrorfins and sailing vessels quite common. They have been known to mistake smaller boats for food, although they usually cease their attack once they realize that the vessel is not a tasty morsel.

Terrorfin Behemoth
Level 7 Skirmisher
Huge natural beast (mount)
XP 300
Initiative +9 Senses Perception +9; low-light vision
HP 80; Bloodied 40
AC 21; Fortitude 20, Reflex 21, Will 18
Speed swim 8
Basicmelee.png Bite ♦ at-will
Effect: Reach 2; +12 vs. AC; 2d6 + 5 damage.
Melee.png Darting Bite ♦ at-will
Effect: The terrorfin behemoth swims up to 8 squares and makes one melee basic attack at any point during that movement. The terrorfin behemoth doesn’t provoke opportunity attacks when moving away from the target of the attack.
Melee.png Snapping Jaws ♦ recharge D6 (5).png D6 (6).png
Effect: The terrorfin behemoth makes a bite attack, shifts 3 squares, and makes another bite attack.
Rise from the Deep
Effect: A rider has combat advantage against any target the terrorfin behemoth has combat advantage against, and vice versa. The rider deals an extra 2 damage against any target he has combat advantage against.
Skills
Str 18 (+7) Dex 21 (+8) Wis 13 (+4)
Con 16 (+6) Int 2 (–1) Cha 9 (+2)
Alignment Unaligned Languages
Equipment

Terrorfin Behemoth Tactics[edit]

If a terrorfin believes a creature to be a potential meal, or if it is attacked, it attempts to strike the creature from below. It has enough intelligence to try to keep foes away from itself, using its reach and snapping ability to maneuver around foes. If it feels that its life is in danger, a terrorfin will use darting bite against the farthest opponent and attempt to flee.

Terrorfin Behemoth Lore[edit]

A character knows the following information with a successful Nature check.

DC 15: Terrorfin behemoths are marine animals that feed on fish. They are not especially dangerous to humanoids, but they sometimes attack boats and swimmers, mistaking them for food.

DC 20: Terrorfins do not usually press an attack unless threatened. When forced to fight, their primary strength is their ability to move rapidly around the battlefield.

Terrorfin Behemoths as Mounts[edit]

Despite their intimidating name, terrorfins are relatively docile creatures and can be easily tamed if raised from birth. They are favored over more common mounts (like sharks) by most peaceful aquatic races, and are sometimes even raised by terrestrial species who make their homes near the water.

  • Carrying Capacity 180 lb. (normal); 360 lb. (heavy); 900 lb. (push/drag)
  • Market Price 2,600 gp

Dreadfang Behemoth[edit]

A dreadfang behemoth might not look like much, but few creatures match its ferocity.
Size comparison to a human.

Dreadfangs are among the largest and most powerful of behemoths. They stand as tall as a titan, and they have been known to kill adult dragons from time to time. They are fiercely territorial and will pursue intruders past the boundaries of its hunting ground — oftentimes the prey will collapse of exhaustion long before the dreadfang gives up pursuit. The brave and the foolish sometimes attempt to domesticate a dreadfang as a mount, but only the truly powerful can keep one under control for any extended period of time. The dreadfang is often regarded as a symbol of strength or bravery — in heraldry it is used as a symbol for rulership, and various barbarian tribes hunt the dreadfang as a rite of passage into manhood.

Dreadfang Behemoth
Level 10 Brute
Huge natural beast (mount, reptile)
XP 500
Initiative +6 Senses Perception +12
HP 132; Bloodied 66
AC 22; Fortitude 25, Reflex 19, Will 21
Speed 8
Basicmelee.png Bite ♦ at-will
Effect: Reach 2; +13 vs. AC; 3d6 + 5 damage.
Melee.png Crushing Fangs ♦ at-will
Effect: The dreadfang behemoth deals 6d6 + 5 damage to a grabbed creature (no attack roll required).
Melee.png Jaws of Dread ♦ at-will
Effect: The dreadfang behemoth makes two bite attacks. If both bite attacks hit the same target, the dreadfang behemoth makes a secondary attack against the target. Secondary Attack: +11 vs. AC; the target is grabbed (until escape).
Terror Incarnate
Effect: A dreadfang behemoth’s rider may make a melee basic attack as a free action once per round at the beginning of his turn against a target grabbed by the dreadfang behemoth’s jaws of dread. A rider gains a +4 bonus to Intimidate checks while mounted.
Skills
Str 25 (+12) Dex 12 (+6) Wis 15 (+7)
Con 22 (+11) Int 2 (+1) Cha 10 (+5)
Alignment Unaligned Languages
Equipment

Dreadfang Behemoth Tactics[edit]

A dreadfang behemoths is a savage, if simple, combatant. It uses jaws of dread against a single target repeatedly until it can get a solid grip on it, then uses crushing fangs each round until the foe manages to escape. A mounted dreadfang typically follows the same strategy, as the rider can easily subdue enemies caught in the behemoth's jaws.

Dreadfang Behemoth Lore[edit]

A character knows the following information with a successful Nature check.

DC 15: The dreadfang behemoth is a massive reptilian predator. It can consume vast quantities of meat in a relatively short period of time, and it often claims a hunting ground dozens of miles in diameter.

DC 20: Dreadfang behemoths are resilient hunters, and can track prey for miles. They will typically track creatures long after they have left the dreadfang's hunting ground, as they feel the need to eliminate the threat before it can return.

Dreadfang Behemoths as Mounts[edit]

Dreadfangs are extremely dangerous to train due to their violent nature, but it can be done with a lot of time and effort, or through the use of magic. A tamed dreadfang makes for a potent ally (not to mention a rather unique sight).

  • Carrying Capacity 250 lb. (normal); 500 lb. (heavy); 1,250 lb. (push/drag)
  • Market Price 5,000 gp

Encounter Groups[edit]

Level 3 Encounter (XP 700) — Mated Maulheads

  • 2 maulhead behemoths (level 4 elite brute)

Level 7 Encounter (XP 1,550) — Attacking Deathclaw Pack

  • 5 deathclaw behemoths (level 6 skirmisher)
  • 1 macetail behemoth (level 7 soldier)

Level 10 Encounter (XP 2,400) — Treacherous Pets

  • 2 dreadfang behemoths (level 10 brute)
  • 1 ettin spirit-talker (level 12 elite controller)



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