Lion

This great cat's muscles flex visibly under its skin as it bares its fangs and shakes its thick mane of hair.

Lion CR 3

XP 800

N Large Animal

Init +7; Senses low-light vision, scent; Perception +9

Defense

AC 15, touch 12, flat-footed 12 (+3 Dex, +3 natural, –1 size)

hp 32 (5d8+10)

Fort +6, Ref +7, Will +2

Offense

Speed 40 ft.

Melee bite +7 (1d8+5 plus grab), 2 claws +7 (1d4+5)

Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.

Special Attacks pounce, rake (2 claws +7, 1d4+5)

Statistics

Str 21, Dex 17, Con 15, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 6

Base Atk +3; CMB +9 (+13 grapple); CMD 22 (26 vs. trip)

Feats Improved Initiative, Run, Skill Focus (Perception)

Skills Acrobatics +11, Perception +9, Stealth +8 (+12 in undergrowth); Racial Modifiers +4 Acrobatics, +4 Stealth (+8 in undergrowth)

Ecology

Environment warm plains

Organization solitary, pair, or pride (3–10)

Treasure none

Male lions are 5 to 8 feet long and weigh 330 to 550 pounds. Females are slightly smaller but use the same statistics.

Lions are usually the top animal predators in their territories, though they resort to scavenging if convenient or necessary. They may kill other predators (such as leopards and hyenas) that encroach upon their haunts, but rarely eat these kills unless game is scarce. Most lions do not selectively hunt humanoids, but occasionally one learns what easy kills they are and becomes a man-eater.

Lions prefer plains but can adapt to living in shallow caves as long as there's a large and stable supply of prey to keep them fed.