This great beast looks like a bear with the proportions of a tiger. It runs towards you, a hungry gleam in its eyes.
Originally Posted by Shade of the En World forums.
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Agriotherium is not a true bear, but rather a hemicyonid, close relatives of bears built for running. Rather than the omnivory of most bears, Agriotherium is a true carnivore, feeding mostly on the flesh of elephants, rhinos and other huge beasts, although it can and will scavenge and feed on fruits, grubs and honey. Agriotherium hunts in pairs or in small packs, and these groupings are very territorial–they are likely to view intrusions of humanoids into their ranges as a threat.
An agriotherium is 10 feet long and 6 feet tall at the shoulder, weighing around 2,200 pounds.
|Hit Dice||15d8+75 (142 hp)|
|Speed||50 ft. (10 squares)|
|Armor Class||18 (-1 size, +2 Dexterity, +7 natural), touch 11, flat-footed 16|
|Attack||Claw+20 melee (1d10+10)|
|Full Attack||2 claws +20 melee (1d10+10) and bite +18 melee (1d12+5)|
|Space/Reach||10 ft./5 ft.|
|Special Attacks||Ferocity, gnaw, improved grab, rend 2d10+15|
|Special Qualities||Dire, Low-Light Vision, Scent|
|Saves||Fort +14, Ref +10, Will +10|
|Abilities||Strength 31, Dexterity 15, Constitution 21, Intelligence 2, Wisdom 12, Charisma 10|
|Skills||Listen +12, Spot +12|
|Feats||Alertness, Awesome Blow, Improved Bull Rush, Multiattack, Power Attack, Run|
|Organization||Solitary, pair, or pack (3-6)|
|Advancement||Advancement 16-24 HD (Large); 25-30 HD (Huge)|
Agriotherium use pack tactics combined with their great speed and strength to catch prey, then savage it mercilessly with their fierce paws and teeth.
Dire (Ex): An agriotherium is considered to be a dire animal for the purposes of saving throws.
Ferocity (Ex): An agriotherium is such a tenacious combatant that it continues to fight without penalty even while disabled or dying.
Gnaw (Ex): An agriotherium that hits with both claw attacks may make an immediate free bite attack. Additionally, it deals automatic bite damage every round it maintains a grapple.
Improved Grab (Ex): To use this ability, an agriotherium must hit with a claw attack. It can then attempt to start a grapple as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity.
Rend (Ex): If an agriotherium hits with both claw attacks, it latches onto the opponent’s body and tears the flesh. This attack automatically deals
an additional 2d10+15 points of damage.
Originally appeared in Dragon Magazine #167 (1991).