Monster of the Month: Monocerus

The curious beast has a stag’s head, horse’s body, elephant’s feet, and boar’s tail. But most prominent is the single very long black horn growing from its forehead.

Monocerus CR 7 monocerus

XP 3,200
N Large magical beast (subtype)
Init -1; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, scent; Perception +8
Defence
AC 18, touch 8, flat-footed 18 (+10 natural, -1 Dex, -1 size)
hp 94 (9d10+45)
Fort +11, Ref +7, Will +4
Offence
Speed 80 ft.
Melee horn +15 (1d10+7), body slam +10 (trip)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft. (10 ft. with horn)
Special Attacks belly blow, powerful charge (gore 3d10+21)
Statistics
Str 20, Dex 8, Con 21, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 8
Base Atk +10; CMB +16; CMD 25 (29 vs. trip)
Feats Endurance, Lightning Reflexes, Run, Skill Focus (acrobatics), Weapon Focus (horn)
Skills Acrobatics +6, Perception +8, Survival +8
SQ adamant horn
Ecology
Environment temperate forests
Organization solitary or mated pair
Treasure none
Special Abilities
Adamant Horn (Ex) The horn of a monocerus counts as magical and adamantine for purposes of Damage Reduction.
Belly Blow (Ex) A monocerus deals 3d6 extra damage against prone targets. This is precision damage.

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The monocerus is often mistaken for its magical cousin, the unicorn. It is a fierce and wild creature, reputedly so swift no hunter has managed to catch one. They dwell in similar habitats with the unicorn but do not limit themselves to a specific forest and instead roam across the landscape.

Monocerus are herbivores but do not travel in herds. It is rare to see more than one monocerus at a time. Mates typically leave shortly after their coupling, wandering in separate directions. They do not dislike the company of their own kind, and just choose to wander in different directions. When two monocerus are seen at the same time they are typically mates who just happened to continue down the same path.

The natural enemy of the elephant, monocerus attack the large beasts whenever encountered. Otherwise monocerus seldom attack unless provoked, preferring to free until cornered.

The horn of a monocerus’ is mundane and not innately magical. However, it is surprisingly strong, being able to pierce anything. Like the unicorn, its horn is often desired by spellcasters as a component for spells or crafting magical items.