Dire Ape

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Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797–1861) Higuchi Jiro Kanemitsu on a wooded mountainside struggling with a giant Monkey which grips his sword-blade between its teeth.

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (17971861) Higuchi Jiro Kanemitsu on a wooded mountainside struggling with a giant Monkey which grips his sword-blade between its teeth.

Resemble large gorillas with long, ivory claws and razor sharp teeth. They stand about 9 feet tall and weight from 800 to 1,200 pounds.

Source(s) 3.5E Monster Manual I, 3E Monster Manual I

Dire Ape
Size/Type Large animal
Hit Dice 5d8+13 (35 hp)
Initiative +2
Speed 30 ft. (6 squares), Climb 15 ft.
Armor Class 15 (-1 size, +2 Dexterity, +4 natural), touch 11, flat-footed 13
Base Attack/Grapple +3/+13
Attack Claw +8 melee (1d6+6)
Full Attack 2 claws +8 melee (1d6+6) and bite +3 melee (1d8+3)
Space/Reach 10 ft./10 ft.
Special Attacks Rend 2d6+9
Special Qualities Low-Light Vision, Scent
Saves Fort +6, Ref +6, Will +5
Abilities Strength 22, Dexterity 15, Constitution 14, Intelligence 2, Wisdom 12, Charisma 7
Skills Climb +14, Listen +5, Move Silently +4, Spot +6
Feats Alertness, Toughness
Environment Warm forests
Organization Solitary or company (5-8)
Challenge Rating 3
Treasure None
Alignment Always neutral
Advancement 6-15 HD (Large)
Level Adjustment

Combat

Dire apes attack anything that enters their territory, even other dire apes. If an opponent’s armor foils a dire ape’s attacks, the creature will attempt to grapple and pin, then rend the prone opponent.

Rend (Ex):A dire ape that hits with both claw attacks latches onto the opponent’s body and tears the flesh. This attack automatically deals an extra 2d6+9 points of damage.

Skills : Dire apes have a +8 racial bonus on Climb checks and can always choose to take 10 on Climb checks, even if rushed or threatened

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