Monster: Chameleon Cat

Chameleon Cat

The fur of this lean, dog-sized cat shifts its coloration and pattern to match its surroundings. It ears, neck, and bushy tail seem to be longer than in case of other cats, at least when visible.

CR 4; XP 1,200
N Small Magical Beast
Init +8; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +14

AC 18, touch 15, flat-footed 14 (+4 Dex, +3 natural, +1 size)
hp 37 (5d10+10)
Fort +6, Ref +8, Will +3

Defensive Abilities chameleon stride

Speed 40 ft., climb 40 ft.
Melee bite +8 (1d4+2), 2 claws +8 (1d4+2)

Special Attacks sudden attack

Str 14, Dex 18, Con 14, Int 13, Wis 15, Cha 11

Base Atk +5; CMB +6; CMD 20 (24 vs. trip)
Feats Blind-Fight, Combat Reflexes, Improved Initiative
Skills Acrobatics +16, Climb +10, Perception +14, Stealth +20; Racial Bonus +4 Acrobatics, +4 Perception, +4 Stealth

Languages understands Sylvan

Environment temperate woodlands and hills

Organization single or a pair
Treasure incidental

Special Abilities

Chameleon Stride (Ex) A chameleon cat's fur shifts its color and pattern making it fade into its background. A chameleon cat has +4 racial bonus to Stealth checks and concealment against creatures more than 5 feet away.

Sudden Attack (Ex) A chameleon cat can make a lightning fast attack by leaping out of hiding, as if using Spring Attack feat. If the chameleon cat was hidden from the target at the beginning of the action, the target does not expect the attack, considers the cat an ally, or is denied his Dexterity bonus to AC, the attack deals 3d6 points of additional precision damage. Abilities that prevent losing Dexterity bonus to AC or bonus damage from sneak attacks prevent this damage.

Chameleon cats are cunning predators, often considered to be creatures of the faerie otherworld. Curious and capricious, they sport a weird sense of humor, sometimes with a slight hint of cruelty. They adore to play with their prey, and trick and prank sapient passersby.

Some of their kind are even smarter and capable of speech. They tend to be even more capricious, snarky, and wield minor magic. They have CR 5, advanced template and can use mage hand, message, and prestidigitation at will as spell-like abilities.

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