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In DnD 3.5, huge elementals have a Base Attack Bonus (BAB) above 6. For example, Huge Air has +12 and Greater Air has +15. This means that they can hit above 1 time and, in particular, the greater can hit 3 times.

But, in the monster stats (Monster Manual 1, page 96) and at the Full Attack entry, there is only the

Full Attack: 2 slams +23 melee (2d8+5)

This means that the Greater Air Elemental (which has BAB of +15) can only hit 2 times, even if it has the BAB for hitting 3?

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No iterative attacks for natural attacks

The Slam attack is a natural attack according to the SRD, which also says in that section:

Creatures do not receive additional attacks from a high base attack bonus when using natural weapons.

So, in order to have iterative attacks, the elemental would have to be wielding a manufactured weapon or using unarmed strikes (which aren't listed in the entry, and with which the elemental would have a nonprofiency penalty and garner attacks of opportunity if using the unarmed strikes).

Your reading of the entry is indeed correct: it only gets 2 slams when it performs a full attack action.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Elementals are not proficient with simple weapons, so would also take a nonproficiency penalty. Unless generally humanoid in form. \$\endgroup\$ – Chemus May 13 '17 at 8:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ Also, the "2 slams" are one attack? Not two? \$\endgroup\$ – Xxxo May 13 '17 at 8:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Xxxo The slams are 2 separate attacks at the same bonus see the 'Attack' line vs the 'Full Attack Line' \$\endgroup\$ – Chemus May 13 '17 at 8:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Xxxo The elemental has 2 slams because it has 2 weapons that deal slam attacks. Like a troll has 2 hands with claws and deal 2 claw attacks, one from each hand. \$\endgroup\$ – Ols May 13 '17 at 10:27

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