Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Dimetrodon for LL

As I have previously posted, I am a big fan of the "Valley of the Dinosaurs" motif, no doubt because I am a lifelong dinosaur fan.  Interestingly, one of my favorite "dinosaurs" is not technically a dinosaur at all, but a prehistoric synapsid (perhaps more closely related to mammals than to reptiles) called Dimetrodon.

Dimetrodon -- its "two-measure" teeth help it shear the flesh of its hapless victims.

And since I name-dropped this creature yet again in last post's Top Ten Monsters List, here is Dimetrodon, statted for Labyrinth Lord:

# Encountered: 1d4
Alignment: neutral
Move: 120’ (40’), Swim: 90' (30')
AC: 4
HD: 5
Attacks: 1 (bite)
Damage: 3d4 +3
Save: F5
Morale: 10
Hoard Class: none
XP: 200

This 9' long sail-backed reptile is fiercely territorial and can swim. It is a voracious meat-eater often found in mated pairs or small packs.

[Adapted from "Dimetrodon" in Monster Manual II p. 52.]


  1. The bones of the dimetrodon discovered by ancient greeks was the inspiration for a classical mythological monster.

    What do we have here?
    body of a lion
    head of a bird
    and long support bones for wings . . .

    it must be a GRIFFIN

  2. One of my favourite mammal-like reptiles! Nice to see some mid-level prehistoric fauna too.

    Someone needs to put together a MM of nothing but pterosaurs.

  3. Could it be possible to get a D&D 3.5-version of its stats? I love the dino!

  4. @Canned: I'd love to help you there, but I don't know 3.5 well enough anymore to be the one to carry it out. Maybe someone else already has, an.or my friend Carl might be able to help you: