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Saber-Tooth Jaguar

Large beast, unaligned

Armor Class 13
Hit Points 76 (9d10 + 27)
Speed 40 ft., climb 30 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
20 (+5) 16 (+3) 16 (+3) 3 (–4) 12 (+1) 8 (–1)

Skills Perception +3, Stealth +7
Senses passive Perception 13
Languages
Challenge 4 (1,100 XP)

Special Traits

  • Keen Smell. The jaguar has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on smell.
  • Pounce. If the jaguar moves at least 20 feet straight toward a creature and then hits it with a claw attack on the same turn, that target must succeed on a DC 15 Strength saving throw or be knocked prone. If the target is prone, the jaguar can make one bite attack against it as a bonus action.
  • Surprise Attack. If the sabertooth jaguar surprises a creature and hits it with an attack during the first round of combat, the target takes an extra 10 (3d6) damage from the attack.

Actions

  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 27 (4d10 + 5) piercing damage.
  • Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 12 (2d6 + 5) slashing damage.

About

This hulking predator has two enlarged serrated canines jutting from its lower jaw, a thick neck, and robustly muscled forelimbs and shoulders.

It has spotted fur that allows it to hide in tall grasses and ambush prey.

The sabertooth jaguar is a large predator, standing 4 feet at the shoulder, 7 feet long, and weighing over 400 pounds. It is different from other large felines in that its main upper canine teeth are large, curved, and serrated, which it uses in combination with its thickly muscled neck to deliver devastating slashing bites. Its forelimbs are also well-developed and longer than other feline creatures, with sharp claws.

The sabertooth jaguar’s fur is covered in rosettes, small dark spots that function as camouflage in the dappled light of its forest habitat. The jaguar’s existence in the forest means that it is an apex predator and is not preyed on in the wild. The feline is a strict carnivore, and often aims for the head of its prey, biting into the skull to deliver a fatal blow to the brain.

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