Leopard (Cat, Great)

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With each graceful step, this leopard's steely muscles ripple beneath its spotted fur.

Leopard

Leopard on a tree stump 9 January 2009

Leopard CR 2
XP 600
N Medium animal
Init +4; Senses Low-Light Vision, Scent; Perception +5
DEFENSE
AC 15, touch 14, flat-footed 11 (+4 Dexterity, +1 natural)
hp 19 (3d8+6)
Fort +5, Ref +7, Will +2

OFFENSE

Speed 30 ft., Climb 20 ft.
Melee bite +6 (1d6+3 plus grab), 2 claws +6 (1d3+3)
Special Attacks pounce, rake (2 claws +6, 1d3+3)

STATISTICS

Strength 16, Dexterity 19, Constitution 15, Intelligence 2, Wisdom 13, Charisma 6
Base Atk +2; CMB +5 (+9 grapple); CMD 19 (23 vs. trip)
Feats Skill Focus (Stealth), Weapon Finesse
Skills Acrobatics +8, Climb +11, Perception +5, Stealth +11 (+15 in undergrowth); Racial Modifiers +4 on Stealth in undergrowth

ECOLOGY

Environment any forest
Organization solitary or pair
Treasure none

Leopards are 4 feet long and weigh 120 pounds. The statistics presented here can describe any feline of similar size, such as jaguars, panthers, and mountain lions—what differentiates these big cats from the similarly sized cheetah is primarily their habitats—leopards and their kin prefer to hunt at night and ambush their prey from above, pouncing down from trees or high rocks.

A mosaic depicting Dionysus on a leopard, Pella, Greece

A mosaic depicting Dionysus on a leopard, Pella, Greece

Leopards eat almost any animal they can run down and catch, preferring Small prey but capable of downing Large herbivores or surviving on rodents, birds, and insects. Healthy leopards are generally not aggressive toward humanoids, and if they aren't hungry and don't feel threatened, it is possible to approach closely without a hostile reaction. Yet a leopard that settles in an area bordered by humanoid civilization can easily and swiftly become a dangerous predator.

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