Raccoon, Dire

This animal is about the size of a large dog. Its fur is brownish-grey, and its bushy tail is ringed in black. Its paws and ears are black as well, and it has a black and white mask-like marking on its face.

Dire Racoon CR 2

XP 600
N Small animal
Init +3; Senses low-light vision; Perception +11


AC 19, touch 14, flat-footed 16 (+3 Dex, +5 natural, +1 size)
hp 17 (2d8+8)
Fort +7, Ref +6, Will +3


Speed 30 ft., climb 30 ft.
Melee bite +5 (1d4+1 plus disease)
Special Attacks disease


Str 13, Dex 17, Con 18, Int 2, Wis 16, Cha 9
Base Atk +1; CMB +1; CMD 14 (18 vs. trip)
Feats Weapon Finesse
Skills Climb +9, Perception +11, Stealth +11, Swim +5; Racial Modifiers +4 Perception, +4 Swim


Disease (Ex)

Filth fever: Bite—injury; save Fort DC 15; onset 1d3 days; frequency 1 day; effect 1d3 Dex damage and 1d3 Con damage; cure 2 consecutive saves.


Environment temperate forests and urban
Organization solitary, pair, or family (1 adult plus 1–4 young)
Treasure incidental

Ever the opportunists, these giant procyonids tend to move out of their native habitat in the forests to the compost heaps and refuse piles of large cities. Food is easier to find there, and in good supply. Dire raccoons are not picky, and like their smaller cousins they are omnivorous. Rats, rotten food, and even the occasional corpse are all parts of an urban dire raccoon’s diet. Because of its unsanitary lifestyle and questionable eating habits, dire raccoons that live in city trash heaps often carry filth fever.

In its natural habitat, a dire raccoon eats the same foods—although in greater amounts of course—as a normal raccoon. They are fond of shellfish, berries, and any small lizards or frogs they can catch. Dire raccoons have the same mating habits and rear the same number of young as their normal counterparts (see the raccoon entry).

In combat a dire raccoon engages in an intimidating display of shrill growls, stamping feet, and puffed up fur. Dire raccoons have sharp, strong teeth and use them well if cornered.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Racoon, Dire from the Tome of Horrors Complete, Copyright 2011, Necromancer Games, Inc., published and distributed by Frog God Games; Author Scott Greene.

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