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Abyssal Wolf

This creature is a man-sized wolf with deep blackish-blue fur and fiery orange eyes. Its coat is caked with blood, and bits of flesh hang from its toothy maw.

Abyssal Wolf CR 7

XP 3,200
CE Large magical beast (chaotic, evil, extraplanar)
Init +7; Senses darkvision 60 ft., keen scent, know alignment, low-light vision; Perception +9

DEFENSE

AC 20, touch 12, flat-footed 17 (+3 Dex, +8 natural, -1 size)
hp 80 (7d10+35 plus 7)
Fort +10, Ref +8, Will +6
DR 10/cold iron; SR 18

OFFENSE

Speed 50 ft.
Melee bite +11 (1d8+7 plus trip)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks paralyzing gaze

TACTICS

Abyssal wolves hunt in packs. When prey is sighted, the monsters move within range where they can use their paralyzing gaze. Foes that are not paralyzed are dealt with first; the wolves circle an opponent and take turns charging in and attacking. A foe that is tripped is pounced on by the pack. Once the pack deals with the immediate threat, they turn their attention to any paralyzed creatures and tear them to pieces.

STATISTICS

Str 20, Dex 17, Con 20, Int 8, Wis 14, Cha 17
Base Atk +7; CMB +13; CMD 26 (30 vs. trip)
Feats Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Power Attack, Toughness
Skills Perception +9 (+11 vs. half-fiends and tieflings), Sense Motive +2 (+4 vs. half-fiends and tieflings), Stealth +5; Racial Modifiers +2 Perception and Sense Motive vs. half-fiends and tieflings
Languages Abyssal, Common

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Keen Scent (Ex)

An abyssal wolf can detect prey within 60 feet by sense of smell, as per the scent ability. This range increases to 120 feet if the opponents are upwind; and decreases to 30 feet if downwind. By making a successful DC 15 Wisdom check the abyssal wolf can determine whether a tiefling or half-fiend is present among the opponents.

Know Alignment (Su)

Abyssal wolves always know the alignment of any creature they look upon. This ability can be negated or dispelled, but the abyssal wolf can activate it again as a free action on its next turn.

Paralyzing Gaze (Su)

Anyone within 40 feet meeting the gaze of an abyssal wolf must make a successful DC 16 Will save or be paralyzed for 2d4 rounds. Half-fiends and tieflings have a -2 circumstance penalty on this save. Once a successful save is made, the target is immune to the effects of that abyssal wolf’s gaze attack for one day. The save DC is Charisma-based.

ECOLOGY

Environment The Abyss
Organization solitary, pair, or pack (4-11)
Treasure none

Abyssal wolves roam the Abyss seeking sources of meat. They savor the flesh and blood of lesser demons and have a particular liking for the taste of tieflings and good-aligned outsiders. Should a pack of abyssal wolves run across one of the aforementioned creatures, it does not hesitate to attack. The blood and flesh of half-fiends is another meal that these monsters enjoy, so they rarely turn down an opportunity to hunt on the Material Plane. Many demon lords find it blasphemous that their own kind mate with mortals, and thus unleash these monsters on the Material Plane to deal with such creatures. Most often when encountered on the Material Plane, abyssal wolves have either been summoned by an evil spellcaster or unleashed by one of the demonic lords of the Abyss.

The abyssal wolf is a man-sized wolf that stands 5 feet tall at the shoulder. When enraged, the hair on the nape of its neck stands up and the wolf issues forth a low growl, bearing its razor-sharp (and usually blood-stained) teeth.

Section 15: Copyright Notice
Abyssal Wolf from the Tome of Horrors Complete, Copyright 2011, Necromancer Games, Inc., published and distributed by Frog God Games; Author Scott Greene.