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Greater Ebon Tiger

by Ivan Chia

Large Magical Beast (Extraplanar)

Hit Dice: 16d10+80 (168 hp)
Initiative: +3 (+3 Dex)
Speed: 40 ft.
AC: 20 (-1 Size, +3 Dex, +8 Natural), Touch 12, Flat-footed 17
BAB/Grapple: +16/+28
Attack: 1 claw +24 melee (1d6+8/19-20)
Full Attack: 2 claws +24 melee (1d6+8/19-20) and 1 bite +21 melee (2d6+4)
Space/Reach: 10 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks: Improved grab, pounce, rake 1d6+4, poison
Special Qualities: Darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, hide in plain sight, ethereal jaunt, manifestation, scent
Saves: Fort. +15, Ref. +13, Will +6
Abilities: Str 27, Dex 17, Con 21, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 14
Skills: Hide +11, Jump +9, Listen +6, Move Silently +13, Spot +8
Feats: Alertness, Multiattack, Run, Stealthy, Improved Critical (claw), Weapon Focus (claw)
Environment: Any Land or Ethereal Plane
Organisation: Solitary or pair
CR: 10
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always true neutral
Advancement: 17-32HD (Large); 33-48HD (Huge)
LA: -

A great cat composed of black fire suddenly pounces at you from the shadows.

An ebon tiger is a tiger with a black shadowy body. Although it dwells in the ethereal plane, it prefers to hunt "real" meat on the prime material plane. It has been suspected to have evolved from a dire tiger from the prime world of Mystara. Other sages contended that its shadowy form suggests that the ebon tiger must have migrated from the plane of shadow instead.

Improved Grab (Ex): To use this ability, an ebon tiger must hit with its bite attack. It can then attempt to start a grapple as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity. If it wins the grapple check, it establishes a hold and can rake. An ebon tiger cannot grapple in manifested (incorporeal) form.

Pounce (Ex): If an ebon tiger charges, it can make a full attack, including 2 rake attacks.

Rake (Ex): Attack bonus +22 melee, damage 1d6+4.

Hide In Plain Sight (Su): As long as an ebon tiger is within 10 ft. of some sort of shadow (other than its own), it can hide itself from view in the open without anything to actually hide behind.

Poison (Ex): An ebon tiger's bite is poisonous, dealing blindness for 1d4 minutes as initial damage and permanent blindness as secondary damage. Con-based DC 23 fortitude save negates.

Ethereal Jaunt (Su): An ebon tiger can use ethereal jaunt (self only) 1/day.

Manifestation (Su): An ebon tiger can manifest from the ethereal plane into the prime material plane just like a ghost. When it manifests, it becomes visible and incorporeal on the prime material plane. As an incorporeal creature, it is harmed only by other incorporeal creatures, magic weapons, or spells, with a 50% chance to ignore any damage from a corporeal source. A manifested ebon tiger can pass through solid objects at will. It loses its natural armour bonus and gains +2 deflection bonus to AC. An incorporeal ebon tiger loses its strength score and uses its dexterity for attack bonus instead. An incorporeal creature moves silently and cannot be heard with Listen checks if it doesn't wish to be.

A manifested ebon tiger remains partially on the ethereal plane, where it is not incorporeal. Strangely, an ebon tiger can manifest its poison into the prime material plane. Thus, an ebon tiger's bite is poisonous to creatures in both the ethereal and prime material planes.

Racial Skills: An ebon tiger gains +4 racial bonus on move silently and hide checks. Its hide bonus increases to +8 in shadowy areas.

Converted from A Guide to the Ethereal Plane.