Manticore

Source: System Reference Document 5.0
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Manticore

Large monstrosity, lawful evil


Armor Class 14 (natural armor )

Hit Points 68 (8d10+40)

Speed 30 ft., fly 50 ft.


STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
17 (+3) 16 (+3) 17 (+3) 7 (-2) 12 (+1) 8 (-1)

Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 10

Languages Common

Challenge 3 (700 XP)


Tail Spike Regrowth. The manticore has twenty-four tail spikes. Used spikes regrow when the manticore finishes a long rest.

Actions


Multiattack. The manticore makes three attacks: one with its bite and two with its claws or three with its tail spikes.

Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (1d8 + 3) piercing damage.

Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d6 + 3) slashing damage.

Tail Spike. Ranged Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, range 100/200 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (1d8 + 3) piercing damage.

Source: Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary.

Manticores are fierce predators that patrol a wide area in search of fresh meat. A typical manticore is about 10 feet long and weighs about 1,000 pounds. Some have more human-like heads, usually with beards. Males and females look much alike.

Manticores eat any meat, even carrion, though they prefer human flesh and rarely pass up an opportunity for such a delicacy. They are smart and social enough to bargain with or bully evil humanoids into alliances or offering tribute, and more powerful creatures may hire or bribe them to guard or patrol a place or area. They like lairs in high places, such as hilltops and caves in cliffs.

Although manticores were likely a magical creation, they have long since established themselves as a naturally occurring species. Curiously, manticores seem strangely fecund, and can interbreed with a number of other similarly shaped creatures, including lions, dire lions, lamias, sphinxes, and even chimeras. The progeny of a manticore and an unusual mate is summarized on the table below.

Manticore’s Mate Offspring
Lion Standard manticore
Dire lion Advanced manticore
Lamia Lamia with spiked tail and spikes special attack
Sphinx Sphinx with spiked tail and spikes special attack
Chimera Chimera with spiked tail and spikes special attack