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    Animals of the Americas

    Lately I've been doing a lot of work on a homebrewed alt-America setting (Crossroads: The New World, if you're curious), and I've discovered that the Monster Manual is actually pretty Eurocentric when you get right down to it. I've been keeping track of stats I find for North and South American animals, and it occurred to me that this might make a useful resource for others as well, so I'm posting it here for your perusal and entertainment.

    The organization of these creatures is not scientific; I've tried to group them into categories that regular people would think of when they consider what kind of creature they need for a specific purpose. And in any case, you can always just search the list with Ctrl+F if you can't find a creature where you thought it should be.

    Some of these beasties may already have stats which I just haven’t found yet, somewhere out there. If you know of any I've missed, let me know and I'll link to 'em. And feel free to post your own homebrewed stats for any animal that's not already on the list, or better stats for something we've already got - I'll add them to the list too, as soon as I'm able!

    Sources include:
    http://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/SRD:Animal
    http://www.enchantedlearning.com/col...orthamer.shtml
    Animals not in the Monster Manual
    Unfamiliar Familiars (PDF), by Fiery Dragon Productions
    Animal Archives Collection, by Skeleton Key Games

    NOTE: Some of these links will take you to posts which contain more than one stat block. You may need to scroll a bit in order to find what you were looking for, but trust me, it’s there.

    Animals of North America

    Amphibians
    Frog, Common
    Frog, Giant
    Frog, Poison Dart (swarm)
    Newt
    Salamander
    Toad

    Birds
    Albatross (Strormwrack, pg. 166)
    Chicken
    Duck
    Goose, Canada
    Grouse/Prairie Chicken
    Heron
    Hummingbird
    Mockingbird
    Owl
    Owl, Great Horned
    Pelican
    Parrot
    Partridge
    Pheasant
    Pigeon, a.k.a. Rock Dove
    Passenger Pigeon (swarm)
    Puffin
    Quail
    Quetzal
    Raptor, Bald Eagle
    Raptor, Harpy Eagle (Animal Archives (PDF), pg. 18)
    Raptor, Osprey
    Raptor, Red-Tailed Hawk
    Raven (Swarm)
    Roadrunner/Geococcyx/Ground Cuckoo/Medicine-Bird
    Seagull
    Songbird
    Swan
    Tern, Arctic
    Turkey
    Vulture (or see Sandstorm, pg. ??)

    Crustaceans
    Crayfish/Crawfish/Crawdad
    Crab, King (swarm)
    Crab, Horseshoe
    Lobster
    Shrimp

    Dire Creatures
    Dire Armadillo (CR 1)
    Dire Badger (CR 2)
    Dire Bat (CR 2)
    Dire Bear (CR 7)
    Dire Bison/Dire Buffalo (CR 6)
    Dire Catfish (CR ?)
    Dire Crocodile (CR 9)
    Dire Eagle/Dire Hawk/Dire Owl (CR 2)
    Dire Frog, Giant (CR 1)
    Dire Goat (CR 3)
    Dire Hummingbird (CR 1/2)
    Dire Hummingbird Swarm (CR 3)
    Dire Lobster (CR 5)
    Dire Mountain Lion/Dire Puma (CR 5)
    Dire Mammoth (CR ?)
    Dire Pelican (CR 2)
    Dire Porcupine (CR 1)
    Dire Raccoon (CR 2)
    Dire Ram (CR 3)
    Dire Rat (CR 1/3)
    Dire Shark (CR 9)
    Dire Skunk (CR 3)
    Dire Smilodon (CR 7)
    Dire Tapir (CR 3)
    Dire Toad/Dire Frog (CR 1/2)
    Dire Walrus (CR 8)
    Dire Weasel (CR 2)
    Dire Wolf (CR 3)
    Dire Wolverine (CR 4)

    Dogs
    Tuniitaq

    Columbia
    • Redbone Coonhound
    • Pomeranian (and other toy dog breeds)
    • Newfoundland
    • English Bulldog

    Cahokian League
    • Indian Dog, Common (Extinct)
    • Indian Dog, Hare
    • Southwest Short-Nosed Dog
    • Tahtlan Bear Dog (Extinct)

    Aztlan

    Fúsāng (扶桑)
    • Chow-Chow
    • Chongqing Dog
    • Pekingese
    • Pug
    • Shar Pei
    • Shih-Tzu
    • Tibetan Mastiff
    • West Coast Salish (a.k.a. Little Woolly Dog, a.k.a. Clallam Indian Dog)


    Dinosaurs*
    Desmatosuchus
    Dilophosaurus
    Dinosaur, Dilophosaurus (Spitting)

    Diplodocus (Calf)
    Dracorex
    Gigantoserpen
    Icarosaurus
    Iguanodon
    Nothronychus
    Ornithocheirus
    Platyhystrix
    Titanoceratops
    Tyrannosaurus
    Tyrannosaurus (Chick)
    Utahraptor
    Zuniceratops
    *note: dinosaurs are are not part of the normal ecology of Crossroads, and would only show up during instances of time-travel or extreme necromancy.

    Fish
    Bass
    Catfish
    Desert sucker
    Gar
    Manta Ray
    Oarfish
    Octopus
    Pacific Lamprey
    Pike
    Salmon
    Sea Serpent
    Shark, Bull
    Shark, Great White
    Shark, Hammerhead
    Shark, Leopard
    Stickleback
    Sturgeon
    Sturgeon, Giant
    Swordfish/Marlin
    Trout
    Walleye

    Insects
    (generic insect-swarm)
    Ant, Bullet (swarm) (by Debihuman)
    Ant, Army
    Ant, Fire
    Ant, Velvet (swarm)
    Arachnid, Scorpion
    Arachnid, Vinegarroon /Whip-Scorpion
    Arachnid, Tarantula (see Hairy Spider, Underdark pg. ??)
    Assassin Bug
    Butterfly, Monarch
    Chigger (Swarm)
    Cricket
    Fly, Bot
    Fly, Black
    Fly, Mosquito Swarm (Diseased)
    Grasshopper Swarm
    Mantis
    Mantis, Giant
    Moth, Gypsy (swarm)
    Moth, Luna
    Palmetto Bug

    Mammals, Aquatic
    Narwhal
    Sea Cow, Manatee
    Sea Cow, Steller's (extinct)
    Seal, Elephant
    Seal, Sea Lion
    Seal, Harp
    Seal, Northern Fur
    Seal, Harbor
    Walrus (tougher stats)
    Whale, Blue
    Whale, Common
    Whale, Orca
    Whale, Humpback
    Whale, Sperm (a.k.a. Cachalot)
    Whale, White (a.k.a. Beluga)

    Mammals, Carnivorous
    Bear, Black
    Bear, Brown, a.k.a. Grizzly, a.k.a. Kodiak
    Bear, Polar
    Cat, Bobcat
    Cat, Cougar/Puma/Panther/Mountain Lion
    Cat, Jaguar
    Cat, Lynx
    Cat, Ocelot
    Coyote
    Fox, Red
    Fox, Arctic (Frostburn, pg. 165, or Unfamiliar Familiars (PDF), pg. 3)
    Wolf, Common
    Wolf, Gray
    Wolf, Red
    Wolf, Timber
    Wolf, Tundra

    Mammals, Miscellaneous
    Armadillo
    http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=10593901&postcount=21”]Armadillo, Pink Fairy[/URL] (Swarm)
    Bat, Brown (Swarm)
    Bat, Vampire (Swarm)
    Coati (Coatimundi)
    Rabbit, Hare, Arctic
    Rabbit, Jackrabbit
    Rabbit, Jackalope
    Kinkajou
    Monkey
    Opossum
    Raccoon
    Tapir

    Megafauna, Pleistocene
    Archelon
    Bear, Short-Faced (Animal Archives (PDF), pg. 3)
    Camel, Long-Necked (Animal Archives (PDF), pg. 6)
    Cat, Smilodon (Saber-Toothed Tiger)
    Dunkleosteus (Animal Archives (PDF), pg. 9)
    Elasmotherium
    Elephant, Mammoth
    Elephant, Mastodon
    Elephant, Shovel-Tusker (Animal Archives (PDF), pg. 8)
    Eremotherium/Giant Ground Sloth
    Heron, Green River Wader (Animal Archives (PDF), pg. 4)
    Hyena, Creodont (Animal Archives (PDF), pg. 7)
    Macrauchenia (shaggy tapir-camel)
    Megacerops/Brontotherium
    Megaloceros
    Rhinoceros, Brontotherium (Animal Archives (PDF), pg. 10)
    Rhinoceros, Woolly
    Shark, Megalodon
    Squirrel, Ptilodus (Animal Archives (PDF), pg. 11)
    Swine, Bull (Animal Archives (PDF), pg. 5)
    Terror Bird (a.k.a. Axe Beak)
    Whale, Basilosaurus
    Whale, Zeuglodon

    Reptiles
    Alligator
    Gecko
    Gila monster
    Horned lizard (Sandstorm, pg. 164)
    Iguana
    Snake, Constrictor, Boa
    Snake, Constrictor, Eastern Racer
    Snake, Venomous (generic)
    Snake, Venomous, Coral
    Snake, Venomous, Copperhead
    Snake, Venomous, Cottonmouth
    Snake, Venomous, Diamondback
    Snake, Venomous, Sidewinder
    Snake, Venomous, Water Moccasin
    Terrapin, Turtle
    Terrapin, Snapping Turtle
    Terrapin, Desert Tortoise

    Rodents
    Beaver
    Gopher/Groundhog/Woodchuck
    Muskrat
    Pika
    Porcupine
    Prairie Dog (a.k.a. Barking Squirrel)
    Squirrel, Squirrel, Flying

    Mustelidae (Weasels)
    Badger
    Ermine
    Ferret, Black-Footed
    Mink
    Otter
    Skunk
    Weasel, Common
    Wolverine

    Ungulates (Hoofed Mammals)
    Buffalo/Bison
    Caribou (a.k.a. Reindeer)
    Deer, White-Tailed
    Elk
    Horse Breed Templates (Heavy and Light)
    Moose
    Mule Deer
    Ox, Musk
    Peccary/Javelina
    Pronghorn
    Sheep, Bighorn (or Unfamiliar Familiars (PDF), pg. 7)
    Sheep, Dall
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    Animals of South America

    Sources include:
    http://www.enchantedlearning.com/col...outhamer.shtml
    http://www.heathwood.org/simpson/qui...animalmap1.htm
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/places/South_America
    Unfamiliar Familiars (PDF), by Fiery Dragon Productions
    Animal Archives Collection, by Skeleton Key Games

    Amphibians
    Caecilian
    Frog, Common
    Frog, Poison Dart (swarm)
    Frog, Golden-Arrow, Poison (Animal Archives (PDF), pg. 20)
    Newt
    Salamander
    Toad
    Toad, Cane

    Birds
    Condor
    Flamingo
    Frigatebird
    Hummingbird
    Hoatzin
    Parrot
    Parrot, Burrowing
    Pelican
    Owl, Barn
    Owl, Burrowing
    Owl, Short-Eared
    Raptor, Harpy Eagle (Animal Archives (PDF), pg. 18)
    Raptor, Peregrine Falcon
    Raptor, Osprey
    Patranca (warm-water penguin)
    Quetzal
    Rhea/Nandu (Unfamiliar Familiars (PDF), pg. 5)
    Stork
    Toucan
    Vulture

    Crustaceans
    Horseshoe Crab

    Dire Creatures
    Dire Arapaima (CR 5)
    Dire Barracuda (CR 5)
    Dire Bat (CR 2)
    Dire Capybara (CR 2)
    Dire Crocodile (CR 9)
    Dire Eel, Electric (CR 4)
    Dire Flamingo (CR 7)
    Dire Frog, Giant (CR 4)
    Dire Frog, Poison Dart (CR 1)
    Dire Jaguar (CR 4)
    Dire Lamprey (CR 3)
    Dire Mata-mata (CR 4)
    Dire Piranha (CR 1)
    Dire Rat (CR 1/3)
    Dire Sloth (CR 3)
    Dire Snake (CR 5)
    Dire Tapir (CR 3)

    Dinosaurs
    Amargasaurus
    Ornithocheirus

    Dogs
    Argentine Pila dog (a.k.a. Hairless Khala)
    Cimarrón Uruguayo (Uruguayan feral dog)
    Double-nosed Andean tiger hound
    Fila Brasileiro (a.k.a Brazilian Mastiff, a.k.a. Slave-Catching Dog)
    Peruvian Hairless

    Fish
    Arapaima/Pirarucu/Paiche (largest freshwater fish in the world)
    Eel, Electric (or Animal Archives (PDF), pg. 19)
    Eel, Moray
    Hatchetfish
    Ray, Manta
    Ray, Stingray
    Ray, Stingray, Giant Freshwater (Himantura chaophraya)
    Oarfish
    Octopus
    Pirahna (Swarm)
    Shark, Bull
    Shark, Galapagos
    Shark, Great White
    Shark, Hammerhead
    Shark, Lemon
    Shark, Megalodon (aka "Dire Shark")
    Shark, Tiger
    Shark, Whale

    Insects
    (generic insect-swarm)
    Ant, Army, Swarm)
    Ant, Bullet, Swarm
    Ant, Fire, Swarm
    Ant, Leafcutter, Swarm
    Arachnid, Scorpion
    Arachnid, Camel Spider
    Arachnid, Brazilian Wandering Spider (aka Bird-eating Spider, aka Goliath Birdeater)
    Arachnid, Vinegarroon /Whip-Scorpion
    Arachnid, Tarantula
    Beetle, Rhinoceros (Dynastinae)
    Butterfly, Owl
    Butterfly, Giant Swallowtail
    Butterfly, Monarch
    Centipede, Peruvian giant yellow-leg (Scolopendra gigantea)
    Dragonfly
    Fly, Bot
    Fly, Mosquito Swarm, Diseased
    Mantis
    Millipede
    Termite Swarm
    Walking Stick (Stick-Insect)

    Reptiles
    Basilisk/”The Jesus Christ Lizard"
    Crocodile, Caiman, Black
    Crocodile, Caiman, Dwarf
    Crocodile, Caiman, Spectacled (Animal Archives (PDF), pg. 17)
    Crocodile, Giant
    Gecko
    Iguana
    Iguana, Marine
    Snake, Constrictor, Anaconda (Animal Archives (PDF), pg. 23)
    Snake, Constrictor, Boa
    Snake, Constrictor, Bushmaster
    Snake, Venomous, Viper
    Snake, Venomous, Viper, Bushmaster
    Terrapin, Mata-mata
    Terrapin, Tortoise, Galapagos
    Terrapin, Turtle
    Terrapin, Turtle, Giant River
    Terrapin, Turtle, Sea

    Mammals, Aquatic
    Sea Cow, Manatee
    Sea Cow, Steller's
    Otter, Giant (Animal Archives (PDF), pg. 21) (Pteronura brasiliensis)
    Otter, River
    Otter, Sea
    Whale, Blue
    Whale, Common
    Whale, Humpback
    Whale, Orca
    Sperm (a.k.a. Whale, Cachalot)
    Whale, Beluga
    Dolphin/Porpoise/River-Dolphin

    Mammals, Carnivorous
    Bear, Spectacled
    Cat, Catamount (a.k.a. Cougar or Mountain Lion)
    Cat, Jaguar (or Animal Archives (PDF), pg. 16)
    Cat, Ocelot
    Cat, Margay (Unfamiliar Familiars (PDF), pg. 2)
    Wolf, Maned (Animal Archives (PDF), pg. 24)
    Zorro

    Mammals, Miscellaneous
    Anteater
    Armadillo (PDF)
    Armadillo, Glyptodon
    Bat, Brown (Swarm)
    Bat, Vampire (Swarm)
    Coati (a.k.a. Coatimundi)
    Kinkajou
    Monkey, Common
    Monkey, Howler
    Monkey, Capuchin
    Monkey, Sikari Macaque Swarm
    Monkey, Marmoset
    Monkey, Tamarin, Golden Lion (Animal Archives, pg. 22)
    Opossum
    Sloth (or Monster Manual II, pg. 106)
    Tamandua
    Tapir

    Megafauna, Pleistocene
    Cuvieronius (spiral-tusked elephant)
    Doedicurus (spike-tailed armadillo)
    Glyptodon (giant armadillo)
    Hippidion (early horse)
    Megatherium (giant ground sloth)
    Macrauchenia (tapir-camel)
    Stegomastodon (barrel-chested elephant)
    Toxodon (hornless semi-aquatic rhino)

    Mustelidae (Weasels)
    Weasel, Amazonian

    Rodents
    Agouti
    Capybara
    Cavy, Patagonian
    Chinchilla
    Coendous (a.k.a. Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine)
    Coypu/Coypus/Nutria
    Guinea Pig
    Paca
    Mouse

    Ungulates (hoofed mammals)
    Alpaca (Animal Archives (PDF), pg. 15)
    Llama
    Peccary/Javelina
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    Default Re: Animals of the Americas: A Library of Uncommon Creatures

    A lot of these animals are missing from the Monster Manual not because the MM is Eurocentric, but simply because their stats are irrelevant. The Monster Manual will only have stats for things that might need them, which mostly means things the players might fight against. Small, ordinarily-harmless animals like cats, bats, and ravens are included only for the sake of being wizards' familiars. But an animal that's too small to put up any significant fight and isn't on the familiar list can just be ignored, as far as the rules are concerned (of course, you're free to describe a scene as including them, but you don't need rules for that).
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    Default Re: Animals of the Americas: A Library of Uncommon Creatures

    Albatross and stingray are in Strormwrack.

    Constrictor and viper are both in the srd.

    Hairy spider from Underdark makes a decent tarantula.

    Horned Lizard and Vulture are in Sandstorm.

    Megalodon is in MM2.

    Swan is in BoED under Swanmay.

    A few of these animals are mentioned as having identical stats to other animals, such as Parrot, Puffin, and Dove using Raven stats
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chronos View Post
    *snip*
    This, entirely. There are very, very few circumstances under which you actually need stats for a salmon.

    ...that said, I did some stats for a salmon a while ago.
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    Ok this is cool and all but what about the stats for a Jackalope?

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    Since you went to the bother of listing whales and dolphins/porpoises/etc. as separate things, why do you have the Orca listed under whales when it's a member of the Delphinidae family, which includes multiple dolphin species like the common bottlenose?

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    It needs more extinct megafauna.

    MUCH MORE extinct megafauna!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gavinfoxx View Post
    It needs more extinct megafauna.

    MUCH MORE extinct megafauna!
    NEVAR ENOUGH MEGAFAUNA!

    But seriously, bro, this is awesome. Good work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Admiral Squish View Post
    NEVAR ENOUGH MEGAFAUNA!
    Going to third this sentiment. Our world today is so boring without them.

    Edit:

    You should also get stats for the Steller's Sea Cow.

    If this is also the thing that Squish was doing those Buffalo people for...well...I think I found a campaign setting to run. >.>
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tanuki Tales View Post
    If this is also the thing that Squish was doing those Buffalo people for...well...I think I found a campaign setting to run. >.>
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    Are you looking for real animals only, or would mythical work as well? I'm thinking Thunderbird and Sasquatch would fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Telonius View Post
    Are you looking for real animals only, or would mythical work as well? I'm thinking Thunderbird and Sasquatch would fit.
    Thunderbird are gonna be spirits, and sasquatch are gonna be a playable race.
    This thread's just for real animals with no magical abilities.
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    I ran into this Euro-based problem when I was running a "Wild West" inspired campaign. The best solution was actually in the monster manual: just copy stats from animals that are close enough.

    Jackal (Sandstorm) = Coyote
    Dire Horse = Mustang
    Deer = Deer

    I realize that, in reality, these are very different animals, but for the purposes of gameplay it seems like splitting hairs.

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    Wow, I'm really impressed at the large and positive response. Sorry for the long reply with many quotes in it, but here I go...

    Quote Originally Posted by The Viscount View Post
    *lots of useful stats, snipped*

    A few of these animals are mentioned as having identical stats to other animals, such as Parrot, Puffin, and Dove using Raven stats
    Thanks for letting me know! I don't have access to the PDFs right now, but I'll look 'em up and include the page-numbers later.

    I was aware that a lot of stats can be substituted for others (and I've done that with a few of these creatures), but I was hoping that someone out there would have stats for these specific creatures. Which I feel is usually better than substituting something close. (As any ornithologist can tell you, puffins, parrots, and doves are all wildlyhar dee har har different birds.)

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Bookworm View Post
    This, entirely. There are very, very few circumstances under which you actually need stats for a salmon.

    ...that said, I did some stats for a salmon a while ago.
    Excellent. Thank you! Salmon are extremely important to Pacific Northwestern fishing communities (i.e., pretty much all Pacific Northwestern communities), so any adventure that involves overland travel in Fusang or Tuniitaq will probably make use of these stats.

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    Since you went to the bother of listing whales and dolphins/porpoises/etc. as separate things, why do you have the Orca listed under whales when it's a member of the Delphinidae family, which includes multiple dolphin species like the common bottlenose?
    Meh, I didn't feel like being quite that scientific about it. The purpose of the list is to give everyone a place to find these things. It might have been more efficient to group them by region/habitat, but I thought that I could minimize overlap by organizing them into families instead.

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    It needs more extinct megafauna.

    MUCH MORE extinct megafauna!
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    Edit: Unfortunately, not all of the statted megafauna lived in the Americas, so they can't really be included here.

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    Going to third this sentiment. Our world today is so boring without them.

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    You should also get stats for the Steller's Sea Cow.

    If this is also the thing that Squish was doing those Buffalo people for...well...I think I found a campaign setting to run. >.>
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    Are you looking for real animals only, or would mythical work as well? I'm thinking Thunderbird and Sasquatch would fit.
    Thunderbird are gonna be spirits, and sasquatch are gonna be a playable race.
    This thread's just for real animals with no magical abilities.
    Thanks for mentioning them, but Squish is right, this is just for mundane animals. Whatever monster stats we have are included in the entries for each region. Feel free to contribute your own monster stats if you want to homebrew them, but since Thunderbirds have such significance to our setting, and Sasquatches might be a playable race, the thread is probably gonna want to vote on our own stats for those two particular beasties.

    (Actually, someone [don't remember who exactly] said something a while ago about having "cool plans" for the Sasquatches, and is probably just waiting 'til we get to Fusang to post them.)

    Mainly this list was assembled to overcome the challenge of how one even represents something like a salmon's leap, or a horned lizard's ability to shoot blood from its eyes. Once the animals are all in one easy-to-find location, people can modify them as they see fit (make 'em into dire animals, apply templates, use them as familiars, etc.). After all, how are you supposed to design a creature that's half anteater and half prehensile-tailed porcupine if you don't have any idea how tough or strong either of those creatures are?

    Plus, I figured that a lot of adventures in Crossroads: The New World are going to involve hunting and catching these animals. The fur trade was probably the single biggest incentive for the French to set up colonies in Canada, so stats for beavers, minks, and ermines are going to be not only important, but essential to many campaigns. The number of pelts you can catch will determine how long your trip will take, how much of your limited provisions you'll use up, and the size of your reward upon returning to the trading post.
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    I think this list may be a little long...

    And I do pitch in on the MegaFauna vote, and add that we may want to include the mythical creatures (whose names I can never spell) too.
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    I do like this list, because if I ever wanted to do something with animals, it would be handy to have it available. So thank you for doing the research.
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    I do like this list, because if I ever wanted to do something with animals, it would be handy to have it available. So thank you for doing the research.
    You're welcome. And thanks!

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    I think this list may be a little long...

    And I do pitch in on the MegaFauna vote, and add that we may want to include the mythical creatures (whose names I can never spell) too.
    Well, if we add mythical creatures, this list is gonna get a lot longer. Plus, these are "Animals of the Americas", not "Magical Beasts and Monsters of the Americas". By assembling a list of mundane, nonmagical creatures, we've got a basis for comparison when we figure out what kind of stats we want to give certain monsters, and a list of base creatures to which we can apply various templates. (How can you decide how tough a dire buffalo should be if you don't have any idea how tough a real buffalo is in the first place?)

    We're definitely going to assemble a list of monsters from North and South American folklore: the plan is for Playgrounders to make suggestions in the main thread for monsters that deserve inclusion in each region, so players and DMs can find each monster in the entry for the region it would inhabit. Then, people can either seek out stats for the monsters we've listed and post links to them, or homebrew their own stats for the monsters and put them in the thread for commenting.

    Edit: Well actually, it'd probably make the most sense to build each monster in its own separate thread in the Homebrewing forum, then link to the main thread once it's ready. That way, anyone can see and comment on the stats and check for balance issues, not just those who regularly read the main thread.
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    Just thought I'd give this a little bump, to let everyone know that I added a bunch of dinosaur stats, courtesy of LOTRfan. Check 'em out!
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    Why are chickens in this list? They're native to indochina, and were only brought to the americans by either the europeans or the polynesians five or six hundred years ago.

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    Why are chickens in this list? They're native to indochina, and were only brought to the americans by either the europeans or the polynesians five or six hundred years ago.
    Well, the list was designed for a setting that's based on mid-1700s' America, so chickens would be well established the the farms of both Fusang and Columbia. So I figured I'd leave 'em on the list, since someone might have a use for them, and it's better to have more information than not-quite-enough.

    Actually, I should probably add horses to the list, since they're animals, they're common in North America (if not native to it), and the players will want to look them up at some point.
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    Actually, I should probably add horses to the list, since they're animals, they're common in North America (if not native to it), and the players will want to look them up at some point.
    Modern horses evolved in North America, then vanished about 12 kya, only to re-appear with European contact.

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    Modern horses evolved in North America, then vanished about 12 kya, only to re-appear with European contact.
    Hmm, good point. I thought I remembered something like that, but I haven't yet been able to find stats for prehistoric horses, so I figured I'd just skip 'em. Unless you know what their stat block would look like?

    Also, there don't appear to be any different treatments of Chinese horses versus European ones, so I thought about substituting "Horse, Light" stats for the Chinese breeds and "Horse, Heavy" for European ones, but I'm not sure this is really sufficient to express the differences between them. Light Horses don't have a bite attack, which Chinese warhorses did (I think?). Plus, my friend (who's something of a Chinese history buff) tells me that Chinese warhorses were smaller, lighter, and faster than European horses. They couldn't pull or carry as much weight, but their speed and maneuverability made up for that. The Light Horse is no faster than the Heavy Horse, according to the official stats, so I think the only solution here is that we'll have to homebrew our own. Keep your eyes peeled!

    Edit: After looking a little more closely at the base stats for Heavy and Light horses in the Horse Breed Templates, the above differences are actually reflected in those stat blocks. I just looked at the templates to make sure they were OK, and didn't give sufficient attention to the base creatures.
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    American horses as of 13 kya were essentially the same as the lighter species of modern horse. Go back far enough, and their distant ancestor, eohippus, was the size of a fox. But for the entire period in which humans have been in the Americas, you're basically looking at "horse, light riding" as the native animal for D&D stats.

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    This seems like a nice project, but to be fair, I'd double check the range of the animals in Wikipedia before listing them, just to be sure. From a glance, I could find two that are mislisted:

    - The Megatherium was never found in the North. The Eremotherium, another giant sloth, was to be found there, but the Megatherium was native to the South.

    - The Aurochs was never found in the Americas.

    Furthermore, I think that you're missing a critically important prehistoric animal: the Terror Bird! Yep, Chocobos were a thing in South American past. But seriously here, these would benefit a lot from stat blocks, since they don't resemble any extant animal species, both in the real world and in the Monster Manuals.

    And since you're being encyclopedical here, don't forget to add the Black Caiman. It is the largest predator in the Amazon ecosystem, and most probably in the Americas as a whole. It can probably be modeled as a huge Crocodile.

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    *lots of useful information*
    Thanks for reminding me about Terror Birds (I can't believe I forgot them!), and for the links to the lists of Pleistocene megafauna. Since there are so many of them, and they don't belong in most campaigns set anywhere near the modern era, I've given them their own separate sections within each list.
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    Okay, I've added a section on Dire Creatures/Dire Animals, since they're probably more likely to be used in actual combat scenarios than most of the animals I've listed here.

    I tried to use official Pathfinder stats wherever possible, but I may have missed a few; let me know if you spot any of them.
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    Just tossing this out, the Xolo isn't only a toy breed, they use the same name for the larger breed as well, which would probably use standard dog stats.

    Seriously though, this is coming along really well. I forgot about it tbh. I think I saw it once when you first mentioned it months ago.

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    Why thank you, sir. I'm fairly proud of it myself!

    I think that I've gotten all the official Pathfinder stats in place now. I'll go over it again, but I think that's all of 'em.

    Does anyone know a simple way to calculate/estimate CMB and CMD for 3.5 creatures?
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    Just added links to stats for Chow-chows, Alaskan malamutes, Siberian huskies, and Qimmiq Eskimo Dogs. All of their stats can be found in the Dogsled Rules thread.
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