N Huge Animal Dinosaur
Senses Perception +16; low-light vision, scent (imprecise) 30 feet
Skills Athletics +21
Str +7, Dex +0, Con +4, Int -4, Wis +2, Cha -1
AC 26; Fort +18, Ref +12, Will +14
Frill Defense Trigger The rider is targeted with an attack. Requirements A creature must be mounted on the triceratops. Effect The triceratops intercepts the attack with its bony frill. The rider gains a +2 circumstance bonus to its AC against the triggering attack.
Speed 30 feet
Melee horns +19 (reach 15 feet), Damage 2d8+9 piercing plus Knockdown
Melee foot +19 (reach 10 feet), Damage 2d6+9 bludgeoning Lumbering Charge The triceratops Strides up to 10 feet and then makes a Strike.
Trample Large or smaller, foot, DC 26
Vicious Gore A triceratops deals 2d6 extra persistent bleed damage to prone targets it hits with its horns.
Triceratopses are muscular quadrupeds with powerful but short legs, thick necks, and heads crowned by a wide, bony frill. Though they bear a large horn on their snout and one on each brow, these dinosaurs are herbivores and use these bony protrusions only to defend themselves from attackers or in dramatic clashes against other triceratopses for grazing territory or mates. Short-tempered and obstinate, triceratopses are unlikely to back down from a fight unless they are hopelessly outmatched, and the creatures are known to fight to the death for no apparent reason beyond stubbornness. Triceratopses often serve as mounts for lizardfolk, orcs, and giants, who ride comfortably behind the dinosaurs' protective bone frills. A triceratops is 30 feet long and weighs as much as 10 tons.
Triceratopses are surely the most well-known of the dinosaurs known as ceratopids, but many others exist. For example, the smaller styracosauruses have only one horn but several horn-like protrusions on their frills.