Dire Tiger

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Dire tigers prey on just about anything that moves. They will patiently stalk a potential meal, striking whenever the creature lets down its guard.

Dire tigers grow to be over 12 feet long and can weigh up to 6,000 pounds.

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

Dire tiger
Large animal
Hit Dice 16d8+48 (120 hp)
Initiative +2
Speed 40 ft. (8 squares)
Armor Class 17 (-1 size, +2 Dexterity, +6 natural), touch 11, flat-footed 15
Base Attack/Grapple +12/+24
Attack Claw +20 melee (2d4+8)
Full Attack 2 claws +20 melee (2d4+8) and bite +14 melee (2d6+4)
Space/Reach 10 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks Improved grab, pounce, rake 2d4+4
Special Qualities Low-Light Vision, Scent
Saves Fort +13, Ref +12, Will +11
Abilities Strength 27, Dexterity 15, Constitution 17, Intelligence 2, Wisdom 12, Charisma 10
Skills Hide +7*, Jump +14, Listen +6, Move Silently +11, Spot +7, Swim +10
Feats Alertness, Improved Natural Attack (claw), Improved Natural Attack (bite), Run, Stealthy, Weapon Focus (claw)
Environment Warm forests
Organization Solitary or pair
Challenge Rating 8
Treasure None
Alignment Always neutral
Advancement 17-32 HD (Large); 33-48 (Huge)
Level Adjustment -

Combat

A dire tiger attacks by running at prey, leaping, and clawing and biting as it rakes with its rear claws.

Improved Grab (Ex) To use this ability, a dire tiger must hit with its bite attack. It can then attempt to start a grapple as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity. If it wins the grapple check, it establishes a hold and can rake.

Pounce (Ex) If a dire tiger charges, it can make a full attack, including two rake attacks.

Rake (Ex) Attack bonus +18 melee, damage 2d4+4.

Skills Dire tigers have a +4 racial bonus on Hide and Move Silently checks. *In areas of tall grass or heavy undergrowth, the Hide bonus improves to +8.

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