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Garuda

This winged creature has clawed hands and bird's talons. Large, glinting eyes and a serrated beak dominate its avian face.

Garuda CR 9

XP 6,400

CG Medium outsider (native)

Init +5; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +20

Defense

AC 19, touch 15, flat-footed 14 (+5 Dex, +4 natural)

hp 115 (11d10+55)

Fort +8, Ref +12, Will +9

DR 10/evil or magic; SR 21

Offense

Speed 30 ft., fly 80 ft. (good)

Melee bite +16 (1d6+3), 2 claws +16 (1d4+3), 2 talons +16 (1d4+3), 2 wings +11 (1d4+1)

Ranged +1 shock longbow +17/+12/+7 (1d8+4/×3 plus 1d6 electricity)

Special Attacks hatred, swooping pounce, talon or wing

Spells Known (CL 7th; concentration +10)

3rd (5/day)—displacement, haste

2nd (7/day)—alter self, protection from arrows, see invisibility

1st (7/day)—grease (DC 14), mage armor, shield, shocking grasp, true strike

0 (at will)—detect magic, detect poison, light, mage hand, mending, message, prestidigitation

Statistics

Str 16, Dex 21, Con 20, Int 15, Wis 14, Cha 17

Base Atk +11; CMB +14; CMD 29

Feats Deadly Aim, Manyshot, Point-Blank Shot, Power Attack, Precise Shot, Rapid Shot, Weapon FinesseB

Skills Acrobatics +19, Fly +23, Intimidate +21, Perception +20, Sense Motive +20, Spellcraft +13, Stealth +19, Survival +13; Racial Modifiers +4 Intimidate, +4 Perception, +4 Sense Motive

Languages Common, Garuda

Ecology

Environment tropical hills and mountains

Organization solitary, pair, or aerie (3–6)

Treasure double (+1 shock composite longbow [+3 Str], other treasure)

Special Abilities

Hatred (Ex) Garudas receive a +1 racial bonus on attack and damage rolls against nagas and other serpentine monsters of the aberration type.

Spells Garudas cast spells as 7th-level sorcerers.

Swooping Pounce (Ex) When a garuda makes a diving aerial charge, it can make a full attack with its natural weapons.

Talon or Wing (Ex) A garuda cannot use its wing attacks while flying, and cannot use its talon attacks while not flying.

Garudas are noble, birdlike creatures that inhabit rugged hills. While they remain detached from humanoid societies, they are impetuous and gallant, often serving as protectors of nearby communities.

Most garudas stand around 6 feet tall with a wingspan of 15 feet and weigh approximately 150 pounds.