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Shadow Animal Lion

This lion has washed-out coloration and a sharp shadow that extends an unnaturally long distance from its claws.

Shadow Animal Lion CR 4

XP 1,200
N Large outsider (native)
Init +9; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, scent; Perception +12

DEFENSE

AC 16, touch 14, flat-footed 11 (+5 Dex, +2 natural, -1 size)
hp 32 (5d8+10)
Fort +6, Ref +9, Will +3
Defensive Abilities shadow blend

OFFENSE

Speed 50 ft.
Melee bite +7 (1d8+5 plus grab), 2 claws +7 (1d4+5)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks pounce, rake (2 claws +7, 1d4+5 plus blinding savagery)

STATISTICS

Str 21, Dex 21, Con 15, Int 4, Wis 14, Cha 10
Base Atk +3; CMB +9 (+13 grapple); CMD 24 (28 vs. trip)
Feats Improved Initiative, Run, Skill Focus (Perception)
Skills Acrobatics +13, Intimidate +12, Perception +12, Stealth +13 (+17 in undergrowth); Racial Modifiers +4 Acrobatics, +4 Intimidate, +4 Stealth (+8 in undergrowth)
Languages Common, Infernal (cannot speak)
SQ shadow step (50 ft.)

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Blinding Savagery (Ex)

Whenever a shadow animal lion deals damage to a creature with its rake attack, the damaged creature must succeed at a DC 14 Fortitude save or be blinded for 1 round. The save DC is Wisdom-based.

Shadow Blend (Su)

In any illumination other than bright light, a shadow animal lion blends into the shadows, giving it concealment (20% miss chance). A shadow animal lion can suspend or resume this ability as a free action.

Shadow Step (Su)

A shadow animal lion can teleport up to 10 feet per Hit Die as a move action, so long as the creature starts and ends this travel in dim light or darkness. It can use this ability once every 1d4 rounds.

ECOLOGY

Environment warm plains
Organization solitary, pair, or pride (3-10)
Treasure standard

Dread energies from the Plane of Shadow have leaked for thousands of years, pooling in shadowed groves and along darkened hillsides. Although normal animals shun these shadow-haunted regions, hunger or adversity sometimes compels a creature to enter them. Some animals who do so are wholly transformed by these energies, becoming shadow animals.

Shadow animals are more than mere animals, becoming hunters bleached of bright colors and commanding unusual predatory powers. Even herbivores that undergo this transformation become short tempered and dangerous.

Shadow animals have the brute cunning to understand spoken language, but they generally cannot speak.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Nidal, Land of Shadows © 2018, Paizo Inc.; Authors: Liane Merciel, with Lyz Liddell, Ron Lundeen, and Mark Moreland.