Monday, January 3, 2011

General Rules: Monsters - Needletooth Dinosaur

Needletooth Dinosaur (from Dragon Magazine #351)
Tiny Animal

Hit Dice: ½d8 (2 hit points)
Initiative: +2
Speed: 20 feet, climb 20 feet
Armor Class: 14 (+2 size, +2 Dexterity); touch 14, flat-footed 12
BAB/Grapple: +0/-12
Attack: Bite +4 melee (1d4-4, bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing, 20 x2)
Full Attack: Bite +4 melee (1d4-4, bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing, 20 x2)
Space/Reach: 2½ feet by 2½ feet/0 feet
Special Attacks: Bleed
Special Qualities: Low-light vision
Saves: Fortitude +2, Reflex +4, Will +1
Abilities: Str 3, Int 1, Wis 12, Dex 15, Con 10, Cha 2
Skills: Balance +10, Climb +12, Hide +14, Listen +3, Move Silently +6, Spot +3
Feats: Skill Augmentation (Hide and Move Silently), Skill Augmentation (Listen and Spot), Weapon Finesse
Environment: Warm jungle
Organization: Solitary or pack (10 - 60)
Challenge Rating:
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always neutral
Advancement: -

This tiny dinosaur is known for traveling in packs and for its bloodthirsty nature. Alone as familiars, they can be quite territorial about their masters, snipping at anyone who draws too close.

Needletooth dinosaurs are aggressive pack hunters, preferring to swarm over their prey.

Bleed (Ex): Anyone bit by a needletooth bleeds for 1 round, losing 1 hit point the following round. The bleeding can be stopped by a DC 10 Heal check or the application of a cure spell or some other healing magic.

Skills: Needletooth dinosaurs have a +8 racial bonus to Balance checks. They have a +8 racial bonus to Climb checks. Needletooth dinosaurs use their Dexterity modifier instead of their Strength modifier for Climb checks. Needletooth dinosaurs can always take 10 on Climb checks even when rushed or threatened.

Needletooth Dinosaurs as Familiars
Needletooth dinosaurs can serve as familiars for characters eligible to obtain familiars including arcane engineers, hexblades, mind weavers, shadowsworn, sorcerers, and wizards. Arcane casters with needletooth dinosaur familiars gain a +3 bonus to Hide checks in forest or jungle environments.

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