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Mountain Lion (Cougar, Puma)

by Jamie Baty

BA, RC 163
Medium Animal
Hit Dice: 3d8+6 (19 hp)
Initiative: +3 (+3 Dex)
Speed: 40 ft. (8 squares)
Armour Class: 16 (+3 Dex, +3 natural), touch 13, flat-footed 13
Base Attack/Grapple: +2/+6
Attack: Claw +6 melee (1d3 +4)
Full Attack: 2 Claw +6 melee (1d3 +4) and bite +1 melee (1d6 +2)
Space/Reach: 5 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks: Improved grab, pounce, rake
Special Qualities: Low-light vision, scent
Saves: Fort +5, Ref +6, Will +2
Abilities: Str 19, Dex 16, Con 14, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 6
Skills: Balance +7, Climb +9, Hide +7*, Jump +9, Listen +4, Move Silently +11, Spot +4
Feats: Alertness, Run
Environment: Any hills, mountains, underground
Organisation: Solitary, Pair, or Family (2-5)
Challenge Rating: 1
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always neutral
Advancement: 4-6 HD (Medium); 7-9 HD (Large)
Level Adjustment: -

This tawny-furred species of great cat lives mostly in mountainous regions, but may also be found in forests and deserts. They do not have the instinctive dislike for underground areas that other great cats tend to have and may be found in underground caverns and caves.

Mountain lions stalk their prey, and will use the terrain to its advantage. They generally will not attack large creatures unless threatened or hungry. Mountain lions will chase fleeing foes and prey.

Improved Grab (Ex): To use this ability, a mountain lion 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.

Pounce (Ex): When a mountain lion makes a charge, it can follow with a full attack, including rake attacks.

Rake (Ex): A mountain lion that gets a hold can make two rake attacks (+6 melee) with its hind legs for 1d3+2 damage each. If the mountain lion pounces on an opponent, it can also rake.

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

Skills: Mountain lions have a +4 racial bonus on Jump, Hide and Move Silently checks. Mountain lions have a +4 racial bonus on Balance and Climb checks. A mountain lion can always choose to take 10 on Balance and Climb checks, even if rushed or threatened. *In mountainous or natural underground environments, the Hide bonus improves to +8.