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Dire Lion (Cat, Great)


Lion, Dire (Spotted Lion)
CR5

XP 1,600
N Large
Animal
Init
+6; Senses low-light vision, scentPerception +11

 DEFENSE

AC 15, touch 11, flat-footed 13 (+2 Dex, +4 natural, –1 size)
hp
60 (8d8+24)
Fort
+9, Ref +8, Will +3

 OFFENSE

Speed 40 ft.
Melee
bite +12 (1d8+7 plus grab), 2 claws +13 (1d6+7)
Space
10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks
pounce, rake (2 claws +13, 1d6+7)

 STATISTICS

Str 25, Dex 15, Con 17, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 10
Base Atk
+6; CMB +14 (+18 grapple); CMD 26 (30 vs. trip)
Feats
Improved Initiative, Run, Skill Focus (Perception), Weapon Focus (claw)
Skills
Acrobatics +11, Perception +11, Stealth +7 (+11 in undergrowth); Racial Modifiers +4 Acrobatics, +4 Stealth (+8 in undergrowth)

 ECOLOGY

Environment warm plains or hills
Organization
solitary, pair, or pride (3–8)
Treasure
incidental

Dire lions, known locally as spotted lions or cave lions, are immense predators that can grow up to 15 feet long and weigh up to 3,500 pounds. Although they are merely animals, these large creatures seem to take an almost sadistic glee in playing with and tormenting their prey before eventually devouring it. As a result, many tribes view dire lions as the spawn of evil gods, and hunt them down as soon as their presence in a region becomes obvious.