Similar to a lion, this creature possesses vampiric fangs, glowing red eyes, and bone spikes on its back.
|Blood Lion||CR 16|
N Large magical beast (air)
Init +10; Senses blood scent, darkvision 120 ft., low-light vision, scent; Perception +ZZ
Speed 60 ft., fly 60 ft. (good)
Melee bite +26 (2d6+8 bleed plus grab/19–20), 2 claws +26 (1d8+8/19–20)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks deafening roar (DC 27), fearful sight (DC 19), pounce, rake (2 claws +26, 1d8+8/19–20)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 10th; concentration +10)
Constant—speak with animals
Str 26, Dex 23, Con 26, Int 9, Wis 28, Cha 11
Base Atk +19; CMB +28 (+32 grapple); CMD 44 (48 vs. overrun, trip)
Feats Flyby Attack, Improved Critical (bite, claws), Improved Initiative, Intimidating Prowess, Skill Focus (Fly, Perception, Stealth), Run, Wingover
Skills Acrobatics +6 (+18 when jumping), Fly +14, Intimidate +16, Perception +28, Stealth +24 (+28 in undergrowth); Racial Modifiers +4 Stealth (+8 in undergrowth). +8 Intimidate
Languages Auran; speak with animals
A blood lion’s bite attack is particularly lethal. All damage it deals is considered bleed damage.
Every round in which a blood lion deals 5 or more points of damage with its bite attack, it gains fast healing 5 for 1 round.
A blood lion’s sense of smell is extremely potent, allowing it to find the scent of blood anywhere within a 1 mile radius.
A blood lion’s back is covered with razor-sharp protruding bone spikes. A creature in a grapple with a blood lion sustains 1d6 points of bleed damage each round the grapple is maintained.
Whenever a blood lion roars as a standard action, all creatures within 30 feet must succeed on a DC 27 Fortitude save or be deafened for 1d3 minutes. A successful save reduces this duration to 1d4 rounds. A blood lion is immune to this ability. A blood lion can use this ability once every 1d4 rounds. The save DC is Constitution-based.
As a standard action, a blood lion’s eyes turn from a dark, deep red to a bright luminescent red. When it does so, creatures within a 60-foot cone must succeed a DC 19 Will save or become panicked for 1d4 minutes. The save DC is Charisma-based.
Environment warm plains or mountains
Organization solitary, pair, pride (3–6)
Often called a vampiric lion because of its elongated fangs and glowing red eyes, a blood lion is most famous for drinking the blood of its victims to heal its own body. However, a blood lion is by no means an evil creature. It does not kill for enjoyment nor does it make its victims suffer unnecessarily. It only hunts for food and fights only in self-defense.
The fangs of a blood lion can be used as a material component in an energy drain or enervation spell, to produce an empowering effect (as per the Empower Spell feat) without requiring an increase in spell level. These fangs are extremely rare and are seldom purchased. When they are sold, they typically sell for 8,000 gp.
A blood lion stands about 6 feet tall and weighs about 1100 pounds.
Book of Beasts: Legendary Foes © 2013, Jon Brazer Enterprises; Authors Dale C. McCoy, Jr, Richard Moore, Editor Kevin Morris