Koala, Drop Bear

“Alphabestiary–Drop Bear” © André Díaz. Accessed at his deviantArt page here 

Taken from the Creature Codex

This pudgy bear-like creature clings to a tree branch. As it drops towards you, you notice its razor-sharp teeth and long claws

Dangerous relatives of the harmless koalas, drop bears are flesh eating marsupials. They look almost identical to their herbivorous kin, which drop bears often use to their advantage. The two creatures sometimes live together in mixed communities, allowing the drop bears opportunities for camouflage. The strong grips that allow koalas to effortlessly climb trees are used by drop bears to grasp and tear their prey. Drop bears will cooperate in taking down especially large and tempting prey items, raining from the trees en masse. It is rumored that drop bears and koalas are inter-fertile, with the offspring of such unions having a mix of their parents’ dietary habits.

Drop Bears as Animal Companions

Starting Statistics: Size Small; Speed 20 ft., climb 20 ft..; AC +1 natural armor; Attack bite (1d4), 2 claws (1d3); Ability Scores Str 14, Dex 15, Con 14, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 11; Special Attacks rake (1d3); Special Qualities drop-proof,low-light vision, scent

4th-Level Advancement: Speed 30 ft., climb 30 ft.; Ability Scores Str +2, Dex +2, Con +2; Special Attacks grab (Medium creatures),pounce, vertical charge

Drop Bear           CR 2

XP 600
N Small animal
Init +7; Senses low-light vision, Perception +5, scent

Defense

AC 14, touch 13, flat-footed 12 (+1 size, +2 Dex, +1 natural)
hp 
19 (3d8+6)
Fort 
+5, Ref +5, Will +4
Defensive Abilities 
drop-proof

Offense

Speed 30 ft., climb 30 ft.
Melee 
bite +5 (1d4+2), 2 claws +5 (1d3+2 plus grab)
Special Attacks 
grab (Medium creatures),pounce, rake (2 claws +5, 1d3+2), vertical charge

Statistics

Str 14, Dex 15, Con 14, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 11
Base Atk 
+2; CMB +3 (+7 grapple); CMD 15 (19 against trip)
Feats 
Improved Initiative,Iron Will
Skills 
Acrobatics +10,Climb +19, Perception +5, Stealth +10; Racial Modifiers +4 Acrobatics, +4 Climb
SQ 
innocent guise

Ecology

Environment warm and temperate forests
Organization 
solitary, pair, pack (3-8) or mixed pack (3-8 plus 4-12 koalas)
Treasure 
incidental

Special Abilities

  • Drop-Proof (Ex) A drop bear ignores falling damage from any fall of 30 feet or less.
  • Innocent Guise (Ex) A drop bear looks so much like an ordinary koala that a DC 20 Knowledge (nature) or Perception check is required to notice it before it attacks for the first time.
  • Vertical Charge (Ex) As long as a drop bear begins a charge 10 feet or more above an opponent, it does not take a penalty to Armor Class when charging. 
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