SRD:Nessian Warhound

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Nessian Warhound
Size/Type: Large Outsider (Evil, Extraplanar, Fire, Lawful)
Hit Dice: 12d8+60 (114 hp)
Initiative: +6
Speed: 40 ft. (8 squares)
Armor Class: 24 (–1 size, +2 Dex, +7 natural, +6 +2 chain shirt barding), touch 11, flat-footed 22
Base Attack/Grapple: +12/+24
Attack: Bite +20 melee (2d6+12/19–20 plus 1d8 fire)
Full Attack: Bite +20 melee (2d6+12/19–20 plus 1d8 fire)
Space/Reach: 10 ft./10 ft.
Special Attacks: Breath weapon, fiery bite
Special Qualities: Darkvision 60 ft., immunity to fire, scent, vulnerability to cold
Saves: Fort +13, Ref +10, Will +9
Abilities: Str 26, Dex 14, Con 20, Int 4, Wis 12, Cha 6
Skills: Hide +17, Jump +19, Listen +18, Move Silently +21, Spot +18, Survival +8*, Tumble +3
Feats: Alertness, Improved Critical (bite), Improved Initiative, Track, Weapon Focus (bite)
Environment: A lawful evil plane
Organization: Solitary, pair, or pack (1–2 Nessian warhounds and 5–12 hell hounds)
Challenge Rating: 9
Treasure: +2 chain shirt barding
Alignment: Always lawful evil
Advancement: 13–17 HD (Large); 18–24 HD (Huge)
Level Adjustment: +4 (cohort)

Nessian warhounds are coalblack mastiffs the size of draft horses, often fitted with shirts of infernal chainmail. Nessian warhounds resemble hell hounds, except as otherwise noted.

Nessian warhounds do not speak but understand Infernal.


Nessian warhounds are efficient hunters. A favorite pack tactic is to surround prey quietly, then attack with one or two hounds, driving it toward the rest with their fiery breath. If the prey doesn’t run, the pack closes in. Nessian warhounds track fleeing prey relentlessly.

A nessian warhound’s natural weapons, as well as any weapons it wields, are treated as evil-aligned and lawful-aligned for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction.

Breath Weapon (Su): 10-foot cone, once every 2d4 rounds, damage 3d6 fire, Reflex DC 21 half. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Fiery Bite (Su): A Nessian warhound deals an extra 1d8 points of fire damage every time it bites an opponent, as if its bite were a flaming weapon.

Skills: Nessian warhounds have a +5 racial bonus on Hide and Move Silently checks.

*They also receive a +8 racial bonus on Survival checks when tracking by scent, due to their keen sense of smell.


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