Lion, Dire

This immense spotted lion stands as tall as a man at the shoulder, its fur matted with the blood of its victims.

Dire Lion (Spotted Lion) CR 5

XP 1,600

N Large Animal

Init +6; Senses low-light vision, scent; Perception +11

Defense

AC 15, touch 11, flat-footed 13 (+2 Dex, +4 natural, –1 size)

hp 60 (8d8+24)

Fort +9, Ref +8, Will +3

Offense

Speed 40 ft.

Melee bite +12 (1d8+7 plus grab), 2 claws +13 (1d6+7)

Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.

Special Attacks pounce, rake (2 claws +13, 1d6+7)

Statistics

Str 25, Dex 15, Con 17, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 10

Base Atk +6; CMB +14 (+18 grapple); CMD 26 (30 vs. trip)

Feats Improved Initiative, Run, Skill Focus (Perception), Weapon Focus (claw)

Skills Acrobatics +11, Perception +11, Stealth +7 (+11 in undergrowth); Racial Modifiers +4 Acrobatics, +4 Stealth (+8 in undergrowth)

Ecology

Environment warm plains or hills

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

Treasure incidental

Dire lions, known locally as spotted lions or cave lions, are immense predators that can grow up to 15 feet long and weigh up to 3,500 pounds. Although they are merely animals, these large creatures seem to take an almost sadistic glee in playing with and tormenting their prey before eventually devouring it. As a result, many tribes view dire lions as the spawn of evil gods, and hunt them down as soon as their presence in a region becomes obvious.