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Switchback Jackal

Resembling a small, half-starved wolf, this canine stares with deep intensity and undeniable hunger.

Switchback Jackal CR 1/2

Source Pathfinder #115: Trail of the Hunted pg. 83
XP 200
N Small animal
Init +2; Senses low-light vision, scent; Perception +5


AC 14, touch 13, flat-footed 12 (+2 Dex, +1 natural, +1 size)
hp 7 (1d8+3)
Fort +5, Ref +4, Will +2


Speed 40 ft.
Melee bite +1 (1d4), 2 claws +1 (1d3)


Str 11, Dex 15, Con 16, Int 2, Wis 15, Cha 6
Base Atk +0; CMB –1; CMD 11 (15 vs. trip)
Feats Skill Focus (Stealth), OverwhelmB
Skills Stealth +5, Survival +3 (+7 to find food or water); Racial Modifiers +4 Survival to find food or water
SQ problem solver


Environment temperate and warm plains
Organization solitary, pair, or pack (5–12)
Treasure none

Special Abilities

Problem Solver (Ex) Jackals are curious and cunning observers, able to overcome relatively complex barriers and dangers. They can use Disable Device untrained to bypass simple traps (any trap with a Disable Device DC of 20 or less). A trained switchback jackal can learn one additional trick beyond those allowed by its Intelligence.


While the wolves and big cats of Nirmathas draw much of the common folk’s fear and ire, the region’s clever jackals inflict far more damage on farms and herds. Able to digest almost anything, these small predators scavenge and steal with unparalleled skill, bypassing gates, seals, traps, and even doors with ease to plunder chickens, goats, and produce. Utterly fearless, starving packs even prey on far larger and more dangerous creatures—including wolves and humanoids. In harsh winters, packs subsist on grubs and roots, and even eat their own. Switchback jackals grow up to 30 pounds and 2 to 3 feet long.

Switchback jackals mostly make their homes in the plains that cover Nirmathas and Molthune, though they can survive easily in the rocky foothills of the Mindspin Mountains and on the marshy coastline of Lake Encarthan. They breed in late spring, after 3 weeks of howling hauntingly beautiful mating songs each evening. Pups lose their mottled black-and-white coats after 6 months, growing into their dusty adult coats. During this time, packs are especially aggressive and territorial.