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Great Cat; Spotted Lion

by Jamie Baty

DMR2 18
Large Animal
Hit Dice: 6d8+18 (45 hp)
Initiative: +3 (+3 Dex)
Speed: 40 ft. (8 squares)
Armour Class: 15 (-1 size, +3 Dex, +3 natural), touch 12, flat-footed 12
Base Attack/Grapple: +4/+14
Attack: Claw +9 melee (1d4 +6)
Full Attack: Claw +9 melee (1d4 +6) and bite +4 melee (1d10 +3)
Space/Reach: 10 ft. /5 ft.
Special Attacks: Improved grab, pounce, rake
Special Qualities: Low-light vision, scent
Saves: Fort +8, Ref +8, Will +3
Abilities: Str 23, Dex 16, Con 16, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 6
Skills: Balance +7, Hide +7*, Listen +6, Move Silently +11, Spot +5
Feats: Alertness, Endurance, Run
Environment: Temperate and Warm plains, hills
Organisation: Solitary, Pair, or Pride (5-10)
Challenge Rating: 4
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always neutral
Advancement: 7-12 HD (Large)
Level Adjustment: -

These animals are similar in form and behaviour to normal lions except for their larger size (about 30% bigger) and speckled coloration. They roam the plains and hills of isolated lands.

Although they are fierce predators, spotted lions rarely attack unless they are hunting or defending their pride.

Improved Grab (Ex): If a spotted lion hits with its bite attack, it deals normal damage and attempts to start a grapple as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity. If the grapple succeeds, the spotted lion may hold the victim and rake with its rear legs.

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

Rake (Ex): A spotted lion that gets a hold can make two rake attacks (+7 melee) with its hind legs for 1d6+3 damage each. If the spotted lion pounces on an opponent, it can also rake.

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

Skills: Spotted lions have a +4 racial bonus on Balance, and Move Silently checks. They receive a +8 racial bonus on Hide checks. *In areas of tall grass or heavy undergrowth, the Hide bonus improves to +16.