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Bear, Cave

by Jamie Baty

HW 22
Large Animal
Hit Dice: 9d8+45 (85 hp)
Initiative: +2 (+2 Dex)
Speed: 40 ft. (8 squares)
Armour Class: 17 (-1 size, +2 Dex, +6 natural), touch 11, flat-footed 15
Base Attack/Grapple: +6/+19
Attack: Claw +14 melee (2d4 +9)
Full Attack: 2 Claws +14 melee (2d4 +9) and bite +12 melee (2d6 +4)
Space/Reach: 10 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks: Improved grab
Special Qualities: Low-light vision, scent
Saves: Fort +11, Ref +8, Will +4
Abilities: Str 29, Dex 15, Con 21, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 6
Skills: Hide -2, Listen +5, Spot +5, Swim +13
Feats: Endurance, Multiattack, Run, Track
Environment: Any hills, mountains
Organisation: Solitary, or Pair
Challenge Rating: 6
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always neutral
Advancement: 10-18 HD (Large); 19-27 HD (Huge)
Level Adjustment: -

The bear before you stands almost 15ft tall. It has wicked looking claws and vicious fangs as well as a prehistoric look about it

This is an enormous bear standing about 15' tall (and often it can be much larger). It is the prehistoric ancestor of more modern bears. It hunts very well by scent. It will eat anything if hungry, but it prefers red meat. They are found in the mountains and hills, using caves for lairs. Unlike more modern bears, it does not like to swim unless it has no other option.
As a prehistoric creature, they are most likely to be found in Hollow World, but the may be found in isolated areas on the outer world of Mystara.

A cave bear attacks mainly by tearing at opponents with its claws and its massive bite.

Improved Grab (Ex): To use this ability, a cave bear must hit with a claw attack. It can then attempt to start a grapple as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity.

Scent (Ex): This special quality allows a cave bear to detect approaching enemies, sniff out hidden foes, and track by sense of smell.