Fish, Gar

This long, lean fish has a muscular body and a head with long jaws filled with sharp teeth.

Gar CR 1

XP 400
N Medium animal (aquatic)
Init +6; Senses low-light vision; Perception +6


AC 13, touch 11, flat-footed 11 (+2 Dex, +1 natural)
hp 13 (2d8+4)
Fort +5, Ref +5, Will +1


Speed swim 60 ft.
Melee bite +3 (1d6+3 plus grab)
Space 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft.


Str 14, Dex 14, Con 15, Int 1, Wis 13, Cha 2
Base Atk +1; CMB +3 (+7 grapple); CMD 15 (can’t be tripped)
Feats Improved Initiative
Skills Perception +6, Swim +10

Gar Companions

Starting Statistics: Size Medium; Speed swim 60 ft., AC +1 natural armor, Attack bite (1d6 plus grab); Ability Scores Str 14, Dex 14, Con 15, Int 1, Wis 13, Cha 2.

7th-Level Advancement: Size Large; AC +3 natural armor, Attack bite (1d8), Ability Scores +8 Str, –2 Dex, +4 Con.


Environment temperate freshwater
Organization solitary, pair, or school (3–6)
Treasure none

Gars are predatory fish that live in deep lakes and rivers. Sleek and swift, they regard anything their own size or smaller as food. A typical gar is 7 feet long and weighs 200 pounds. One species known as the alligator gar can grow to lengths of 10 feet. An alligator gar is a gar with the advanced creature template.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 2, © 2010, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Authors Wolfgang Baur, Jason Bulmahn, Adam Daigle, Graeme Davis, Crystal Frasier, Joshua J. Frost, Tim Hitchcock, Brandon Hodge, James Jacobs, Steve Kenson, Hal MacLean, Martin Mason, Rob McCreary, Erik Mona, Jason Nelson, Patrick Renie, Sean K Reynolds, F. Wesley Schneider, Owen K.C. Stephens, James L. Sutter, Russ Taylor, and Greg A. Vaughan, based on material by Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, and Skip Williams.

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