Bear, Dire Shadow

Bear, Dire Shadow Bear (CR 10)1
Large undead (incorporeal)
Init 15; Senses darkvision; Notice 26
AC 13, flat-footed 11 (incorporeal); +4 vs. AoO
(+2 deflection, +1 Dex, +1 dodge, –1 size) or

  • AC 18, flat-footed 16 (partially incorporeal); +4 vs. AoO

(+1 Dex, +1 dodge, +7 natural, –1 size)
HP 102 (12d8+48)
Fort +6; Ref +5; Will +9; +2 vs. channel
Defensive Abilities incorporeal; Immune undead traits
Speed fly 40 ft. (good)
Melee 3 incorporeal touches +12 (1d6 Strength damage)
or claw +19 (1d6+10 plus grab) and bite +18 (1d8+10)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks create spawn (1d4 rounds; shadow animal)
Str 31, Dex 13, Con —, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 14
Base Atk +9; CMB +11/+20 (incorporeal/partially corporeal); CMD 24/32 (incorporeal/partially corporeal)
Combat Maneuvers +4 grapple
Feats [[[Dodge]], Improved Initiative, Skill Focus (Perception), Toughness, Weapon Focus (claw), Weapon Focus (incorporeal touch)
Skills Acrobatics +15, Perception +16
SQ partially corporeal
Environment any
Organization solitary
Treasure Value none
Special Attacks
Partially Corporeal (Su) As a move action a shadow dire bear can become partially corporeal without provoking attacks of opportunity. It can likewise resume its incorporeal state as a move action without provoking attacks of opportunity. While in its partially corporeal state the shadow dire bear benefits from its natural armor and its Strength bonus for attacks and damage. In this state its attacks have a 20% chance to ignore natural armor, armor, and shields. Likewise, though attacks against it with magic weapons can hit normally, it can ignore damage from attacks with normal weapons from a corporeal source 50% of the time. It does not retain any of the other incorporeal traits while in this state.

A strange incarnation of sentient darkness and feral rage, this is an incorporeal form of a dire bear that resembles its earthly form in all other respects. Its origin lies in the strange result of a shadow’s create spawn ability affecting an animal. How such an outcome occurred is anyone’s guess, but sages in the lore of undeath have been unable to recreate it since. It is difficult to see in dark or gloomy places but is clearly visible in bright illumination.

Like a dire bear the shadow dire bear is over 12 feet long, but it is weightless except when partially corporeal when it weighs about 1,000 lb. A shadow dire bear attacks aggressively like its living counterparts with its incorporeal claws and bite alternating this with its grab and tearing claws as it becomes partially corporeal.

OPEN GAME LICENSE Version 1.0a - All text is Open Game Content.