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Badger, Deep

Deep Badger CR 5

This fierce looking terrestrial creature strongly resembles a badger, but is far larger and more feral, its fur littered through with bits of dirt and soil.

XP 1,600
N Large animal
Init +2; Senses darkvision 30 ft., low-light vision, scent; Perception +5

DEFENSE

AC 19, touch 12, flat-footed 16 (+2 Dex, +1 dodge, +7 natural, –1 size)
hp 52 (7d8+21)
Fort +8, Ref +7, Will +3

OFFENSE

Speed 25 ft., burrow 20 ft. (stone 10 ft.)
Melee bite +8 (1d4+4), 2 claws +6 (1d4+2)

TACTICS

Before Combat Deep badgers dig around their prey, making the area into difficult terrain for creatures that lack a burrow speed.

During Combat Deep badgers grapple a target, attempting to drag them down into the earth to suffocate (retrieving the body later and moving to engage other opponents in the meanwhile).

Morale Deep badgers fight to the death to defend their territory; if encountered elsewhere, a deep badger flees at 12 hp or less.

STATISTICS

Str 18, Dex 15, Con 17, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 8
Base Atk +5; CMB +10; CMD 23 (27 vs. trip)
Feats Dodge, Improved Grapple, Multiattack, Power Attack
Skills Acrobatics +6, Climb +8, Perception +5, Stealth +4, Survival +5
SQ terra burrowing

ECOLOGY

Environment underground
Organization solitary, pair, or den (4-10)
Treasure none

Deep badgers are as stubborn, territorial, and unlikeable as their dvergr keepers, and unlike their cousins on the surface these weasels grow to enormous sizes, becoming as large as a horse by maturity. To survive underground, deep badgers hunt down entire packs of creatures, picking them off one at a time and gorging on the prey of its kin (consuming enough food for months at a time with each feeding). The only time one of these beasts can be safely approached after it has completely filled its gullet, and even master dvergr animal tamers are wont to deal with a thin deep badger.

Mature deep badgers stand 4 to 6 feet tall at the shoulder and weigh between 1,000 and 2,000 pounds.

Companions

Starting Statistics

Size Large; Speed 25 ft., burrow 15 ft., climb 10 ft.; AC +3 natural armor; Attack bite (1d4), 2 claws (1d4); Ability Score Modifiers Str 14, Dex 15, Con 15, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 8; Special Qualities darkvision 30 ft., scent.

4th-LEVEL ADVANCEMENT

Speed burrow 20 ft.; Ability Score Modifiers Str +2, Con +2; Special Qualities combat trained (see the Handle Animal skill)

7th-LEVEL ADVANCEMENT

Special Qualities terra burrowing

Terra Burrowing (Ex)

The deep badger’s claws become hard enough to effectively cleave through stone, and they may burrow through it at a speed of 10 feet.

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