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Dire Tiger (Cat, Great)

This large tiger grumbles a warning as it crouches. Two saber-like fangs jut downward from its powerful jaws.

Tiger, Dire (Smilodon) CR 8

XP 4,800
N Large animal
Init +6; Senses low-light vision, scent; Perception +12

DEFENSE

AC 17, touch 11, flat-footed 15 (+2 Dex, +6 natural, –1 size)
hp 105 (14d8+42)
Fort +12, Ref +11, Will +5

OFFENSE

Speed 40 ft.
Melee 2 claws +18 (2d4+8 plus grab), bite +18 (2d6+8/19–20 plus grab)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks pounce, rake (2 claws +18, 2d4+8)

STATISTICS

Str 27, Dex 15, Con 17, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 10
Base Atk +10; CMB +19 (+23 grapple); CMD 31 (35 vs. trip)
Feats Improved Critical (bite), Improved Initiative, Run, Skill Focus (Perception), Skill Focus (Stealth), Weapon Focus (bite, claw)
Skills Acrobatics +6, Perception +12, Stealth +15 (+23 in tall grass), Swim +13; Racial Modifiers +4 Acrobatics, +4 Stealth (+8 in tall grass)

ECOLOGY

Environment any forests, plains, and swamps
Organization solitary or pair
Treasure none

While the tiger itself is a fearsome predator, its strength and ferocity pales in comparison to that of the larger dire tiger. Known to many scholars as the smilodon and to tribal societies as the saber-toothed tiger, the dire tiger is invariably one of the region’s top predators. Its defining feature is a pair of huge incisors that hang down like fearsome knives from the upper jaw, protruding menacingly even when the creature’s mouth is shut.

These immense hunting cats grow to be over 12 feet long and can weigh up to 6,000 pounds.