This creature somewhat resembles a bear, but its tail is heavier, its neck thicker, and its mouth more wolflike than ursine. Its body is almost leonine.
Originally Posted by Shade of the En World forums.
Neither bears nor dogs, the amphicyon shares traits of both. Unlike its omnivorous cousins, an amphicyon is a powerful carnivore.
These massive carnivores weigh more than 1,800 pounds and stand nearly 9 feet tall when they rear up on their hind legs. They are bad-tempered and territorial.
|Amphicyon (Bear Dog)|
|Hit Dice||7d8+28 (59 hp)|
|Speed||40 ft. (8 squares)|
|Armor Class||15 (–1 size, +1 Dexterity, +5 natural), touch 10, flat-footed 14|
|Attack||Claw +12 melee (1d8+8)|
|Full Attack||2 claws +12 melee (1d8+8) and bite +7 melee (3d6+4)|
|Space/Reach||10 ft./5 ft.|
|Saves||Fort +9, Ref +6, Will +3|
|Abilities||Strength 27, Dexterity 13, Constitution 19, Intelligence 2, Wisdom 12, Charisma 6|
|Skills||Listen +5, Spot +7, Swim +12|
|Feats||Endurance, Improved Natural Attack (Bite), Run, Track|
|Organization||Solitary or pair|
|Advancement||8-12 HD (Large), 13-16 HD (Huge)|
An amphicyon attempts to grab prey with its powerful claws and then sink its powerful jaws into the neck or ribcage to finish it off.
Trip (Ex): An amphicyon that hits with its bite attack can attempt to trip the opponent (+x check modifier) as a free action without making a touch attack or provoking an attack of opportunity. If the attempt fails, the opponent cannot react to trip the amphicyon.
Skills: An amphicyon has a +4 racial bonus on Swim checks.
Originally found in Dragon #167, “Back To the Age of Mammals”, David Howery, 1991.