Pliosaurus (5e Creature)
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Gargantuan beast (marine reptile), unaligned
Hold Breath. The pliosaurus can hold its breath for 1 hour.
Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +12 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 21 (3d8 + 8) piercing damage, and the target is grappled (escape DC 18). Until this grapple ends, the target is restrained, and the pliosaurus can't bite another target.
Looking like a part crocodile, part whale and all terrifying these holdovers from the Late Jurassic era are the literal embodiment of nightmare fuel for sailors of the deep sea. Larger than nearly anything that comes across the Pliosaurus are a true apex predator. With its large crocodile head full of uneven teeth it sees anything smaller than it as prey including smaller sailing vessels and is known to come up from the bottom with frightening speeds to crush small craft in its gaping maw or to ram larger vessels trying to capsize them, then feeding on the creatures that fall into the water. Unintelligent by nature it’s driven only to eat enough to fuel its enormous body. Don’t let its size fool you however its large muscular frame is propelled by 4 large flippers similar to those of sea turtles, and using its tail as a rudder for added maneuverability. These aquatic dinosaurs are fast, deadly, and always hungry.
However, if brought down the meat is quite edible like that of an alligator, with its size the amount of meat harvested could feed almost an entire village for a season. Combined with the quality of its hide to make natural armor and its bones and teeth to make tools and weapons if the group is large enough sometimes it’s worth the risk.
They are sometimes known to attack the territory of bronze dragons and try to kill them or drive them out to gain new hunting grounds. However, in most cases the intelligent dragons easily outwit the dull beasts and in many cases end up killing them.