Boar, Dire

The back of this horse-sized boar rises in a steep slope. Its tiny red eyes are crusted with filth and its bristly flank crawls with flies.

Dire Boar (Daeodon) CR 4

XP 1,200

N Large animal

Init +4; Senses low-light vision, scent; Perception +12

Defense

AC 15, touch 9, flat-footed 15 (+6 natural, –1 size)

hp 42 (5d8+20)

Fort +7, Ref +4, Will +2

Defensive Abilities ferocity

Offense

Speed 40 ft.

Melee gore +8 (2d6+9)

Statistics

Str 23, Dex 10, Con 17, Int 2, Wis 13, Cha 8

Base Atk +3; CMB +10; CMD 20

Feats Improved Initiative, Skill Focus (Perception), Toughness

Skills Perception +12

Ecology

Environment temperate or tropical forests

Organization solitary, pair, or herd (3–8)

Treasure none

Whereas the boar is ill-tempered and generally unfriendly, the towering daeodon (known as the dire boar to most commoners and hunters) is legitimately hateful and violent. Although omnivorous like its smaller kin, the daeodon prefers to feed on flesh, and its razor-sharp tusks and keen eyesight make it particularly well suited as a predator. While the daeodon is primarily a scavenger, it isn't averse to attacking smaller creatures it encounters while searching for easier meals, or those who stumble unwittingly into its territory. Particularly brave or skilled orcs are fond of using daeodons as mounts, and orc cavalry mounted on dire boars make for a fearsome force indeed. A typical adult daeodon is 10 feet long and 7 feet tall at the shoulder. It weighs approximately 2,000 pounds.