Monday, January 3, 2011

General Rules: Monsters - Blink Dog

Blink Dog (from the Monster Manual)
Medium Magical Beast

Hit Dice: 4d10 (22 hit points)
Initiative: +3
Speed: 40 feet
Armor Class: 16 (+3 Dexterity, +3 natural); touch 13, flat-footed 13
BAB/Grapple: +4/+4
Attack: Bite +4 melee (1d6, bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing, 20 x2)
Full Attack: Bite +4 melee (1d6, bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing, 20 x2)
Space/Reach: 5 feet by 5 feet/5 feet
Special Attacks: -
Special Qualities: Blink, darkvision 60 feet, dimension door, low-light vision, scent
Saves: Fortitude +4, Reflex +7, Will +4
Abilities: Str 10, Int 10, Wis 13, Dex 17, Con 10, Cha 11
Skills: Hide +3, Listen +5, Sense Motive +3, Spot +5, Survival +4
Feats: Iron Will, Run, Track
Environment: Temperate plains
Organization: Solitary, pair, or pack (7 - 16)
Challenge Rating: 2
Treasure: None
Alignment: Usually lawful good
Advancement: 5 - 7 HD (Medium); 8 - 12 HD (Large)
Level Adjustment: +2 (cohort)

The blink dog is an intelligent canine that has a limited teleportation ability.

Blink dogs are social animals, often traveling in packs. they eat equal amounts of meat and plant matter. They avoid human lands, but drive off evil humanoids that enter their territory.

Blink dogs have their own language, a mixture of barks, yaps, whines, and growls that can transmit complex information. When not hunting, they are playful with each other but very protective of their pups, which outsiders sometimes steal to train as guard animals. Blink dogs and displacer beasts are mortal enemies.

Blink dogs hunt in packs, teleporting in a seemingly random fashion until they surround their prey, allowing some of them to take advantage of flanking.

Blink (Su): A blink dog can use blink as the spell (caster level 8th), and can evoke or end the effect as a free action.

Dimension Door (Su): A blink dog can teleport, as dimension door (caster level 8th) once per round as a free action. The ability affects only the blink dog, which never appears within a solid object and can act immediately after teleporting.

Blink Dogs as Familiars
Blink dogs can serve as familiars for characters eligible to obtain familiars including arcane engineers, hexblades, mind weavers, shadowsworn, sorcerers, and wizards. To do so, the character must take the Improved Familiar feat, be within one alignment step of lawful good, be at least a 7th-level caster, and have a base attack bonus of at least +5.

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