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Shadow Mastiff

Although shaped like a dog, this muscular creature has a coat that drinks up the light, drawing shadows in around it.Its maw is full of sharp teeth, and a wisp of shadow drips from its writhing tongue.

Shadow Mastiff CR 5

XP 1,600
NE Medium outsider (evil, extraplanar)
Init +6; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +10


AC 18, touch 12, flat-footed 16 (+2 Dex, +6 natural)
hp 51 (6d10+18)
Fort +8, Ref +7, Will +5
Defensive Abilities shadow blend


Speed 50 ft.
Melee bite +10 (1d8+6 plus trip), tail slap +5 (1d6+3)
Special Attacks bay


Str 19, Dex 15, Con 17, Int 4, Wis 12, Cha 13
Base Atk +6; CMB +10; CMD 22 (26 vs. trip)
Feats Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Power Attack
Skills Perception +10, Stealth +11, Survival +10
Languages Common (cannot speak)


Bay (Su)

When a shadow mastiff howls or barks, all creatures within a 300-foot spread except evil outsiders must succeed at a DC 16 Will save or become panicked for 1d4 rounds. This is a sonic, mind-affecting fear effect. A creature that successfully saves cannot be affected by the same mastiff's bay for 24 hours. This is a mind-affecting fear effect. The save DC is Charisma-based.

Shadow Blend (Su)

In any condition of illumination other than full daylight, a shadow mastiff disappears into the shadows, giving it concealment (50% miss chance). Artificial illumination, even a light or continual flame spell, does not negate this ability; a daylight spell, however, does. A shadow mastiff can suspend or resume this ability as a free action.


Shadow Lions, Dinosaurs, and Dragons? Larger shadow mastiffs exist—creatures the size of horses or even bigger. These creatures have different shapes, looking less like dogs and more like larger creatures such as lions, dinosaurs, or even dragons. Such creatures have additional racial Hit Dice, and could even have extra abilities such as flight or breath weapons.