Speed: 40 feet, climb 20 feet
Armor Class: 15 (+1 size, +3 Dexterity, +1 natural); touch 14, flat-footed 12
Attack: Bite +4 melee (1d4 plus disease, bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing, 20 x2)
Full Attack: Bite +4 melee (1d4 plus disease, bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing, 20 x2)Space/Reach: 5 feet by 5 feet/5 feet
Special Attacks: Disease
Special Qualities: Low-light vision, scent
Saves: Fortitude +3, Reflex +5, Will +3
Abilities: Str 10, Int 1, Wis 12, Dex 17, Con 12, Cha 4
Skills: Climb +11, Hide +8, Listen +4, Move Silently +4, Spot +4, Swim +11
Feats: Skill Augmentation (Listen and Spot), Weapon Finesse
Organization: Solitary or pack (11 - 20)
Challenge Rating: ⅓
Alignment: Always neutral
Advancement: 2 - 3 HD (Small); 4 - 6 HD (Medium)
Dire rat packs attack fearlessly, biting and chewing with their sharp incisors.
Dire Rats as Familiars
Dire rats 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, and be at least a 3rd-level caster. Arcane casters with dire rat familiars gain a +2 bonus to Fortitude saves.
Dire Rats as Animal Companions
A dire rat may be trained using Handle Animal. A 1st-level druid, 3rd-level outdoorsman, or 1st-level ranger may take a dire rat as an animal companion.
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