Axe beaks were tall and aggressive flightless birds.[1]

Description[edit | edit source]

Axe beaks got their name from their sharp wedge-shaped beaks. They had strong necks and powerful legs, which they used to sprint at high speeds.[1][4]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Axebeaks were faster runners than most horses.[2][note 1]

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Axe beaks were aggressive hunters and usually hunted during daytime. They were always prone to attack any unfamiliar creatures that approached them.[1][4]

Combat[edit | edit source]

The main natural weapon an axe beak used in combat was its heavy and sharp beak.[1][4]

Ecology[edit | edit source]

Axe beaks were most commonly found in hills and grasslands,[5] but they were also common to the jungles of Chult and the Snout of Omgar.[6][7]

Flocks of axe beaks were also believed to be protective of their young, rushing to its aid in case of danger.[8]

The tortles of Ahoyhoy sometimes captured wild axe beaks to sell them to visitors.[9]

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Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. In v.3.5 rules, both axebeaks and horses have the Run feat, which allows them to move five times their normal movement speed over flat, even terrain, but axebeaks have a speed 5 higher than that of a light horse. This calculates to 34 mph (55 km/h) for the horse and 37 mph (60 km/h) for the axebeak. At least five Faerûnian breeds—the Calimite, Chionthar, Dambraii, Lhesperan, and Raurin—could run faster than the axebeak, attaining maximum speeds of 40 mph (64 km/h).
    For comparison, in the real world, some horses can reach speeds of over 50 mph (80 km/h), but v.3.5 consistently gives lower maximum speeds for animals, likely because the Monster Manuals include representatives of average specimens.

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Appearances[edit | edit source]

Storm King's ThunderTomb of AnnihilationIcewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden
Organized Play & Licensed Adventures
The Tortle Package

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