According to Wikipedia velociraptor is a genus of dromaeosaurid theropod dinosaur that existed approximately 75 to 71 million years ago during the later part of the Cretaceous Period. Velociraptor was a mid-sized dromaeosaurid, with adults measuring up to 2.07 m (6.8 ft) long, 0.5 m (1.6 ft) high at the hip, and weighing up to 15 kg (33 lb). The skull, which grew up to 25 cm (9.8 in) long, was uniquely up-curved, concave on the upper surface and convex on the lower. The jaws were lined with 26–28 widely spaced teeth on each side, each more strongly serrated on the back edge than the front—possibly an adaptation that improved its ability to catch and hold fast-moving prey. Velociraptor, like other dromaeosaurids, had a large manus (‘hand’) with three strongly curved claws, which were similar in construction and flexibility to the wing bones of modern birds. The first digit of the foot, as in other theropods, was a small dewclaw. However, whereas most theropods had feet with three digits contacting the ground, dromaeosaurids like Velociraptor walked on only their third and fourth digits. The second digit, for which Velociraptor is most famous, was highly modified and held retracted off of the ground. It bore a relatively large, sickle-shaped claw, typical of dromaeosaurid and troodontid dinosaurs. This enlarged claw, which could be over 6.5 cm (2.6 in) long around its outer edge, was most likely a predatory device used to tear into prey, possibly delivering a fatal blow.
I was disappointed to see that Weird ‘n Wild Creatures’ velociraptor picture shows a featherless beast. At this point it’s been established the velociraptor did indeed have feathers.
The velociraptor’s adjusted statistics for Weird ‘n Wild Creatures is Attack 4, Defense 10, and 26 Life.
Velociraptor (CR 2, HD 4d8+8)
N Medium Animal
Init +4 Spd 50
Senses Low-light Vision (Ex); Scent (Ex) | Listen +2, Spot +2
AC 20 (FF 16, Touch 14)
hp 26 (Disabled -2/Dying -15/Injury 15)
Saves: Fort +6, Ref +8, Will +3
Atk +6 base melee, +7 base ranged; Grapple +6;
+6 Melee (2 Claw 1d8+3/crit 20/x2) and +1 Melee (Bite 1d6+1/crit 20/x2) and +1 Melee (Tail 1d6+1/crit 20/x2);
SA: Leaping Pounce (Ex) , Rake (Ex)
Abilities STR 17, DEX 19, CON 15, INT 2, WIS 14, CHA 12
Feats: Improved Natural Attack: Claw, Track.
Skills: Hide + 12, Jump + 24.
Leaping Pounce (Ex): When a velociraptor charges, it leaps high into the air above its prey, attempting to knock it to the ground. This ability functions much like the pounce special attack. However, a velociraptor’s incredible jumping ability makes its leaping pounce particularly deadly. When a velociraptor charges a foe, it can make a full attack, including one rake attack. If a velociraptor successfully hits and damages a target of its size or smaller that it pounces on during a charge, it can make a free trip attack without provoking attacks of opportunity. If the velociraptor wins the opposed trip check, it can make an immediate grapple check. If it succeeds, the opponent is considered grappled and pinned on the ground beneath the fleshraker. On each subsequent round, the velociraptor can deal automatic claw and rake damage with a successful grapple check against a pinned opponent. If a velociraptor fails the opposed trip check, it cannot be tripped in return. If it successfully trips its opponent but fails the subsequent grapple check, the opponent is still prone in the velociraptor’s square, but it is not grappled or pinned.
Rake (Ex): Attack bonus +2 melee, damage 1d6+2.
Skills: Velociraptors have a +8 racial bonus on Hide checks and a +6 racial bonus on Jump checks. *The Hide bonus increases to +10 in forested areas.
This entry was inspired by International Masters Publishers Weird ‘n Wild Creatures.