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Creatures in "Wolf" Category

NameCR
Dire Wolf3
Timber Wolf2
Wolf1

Wolf, Timber Wolf

A chilling chorus of howls echoes through the air as a massive, white-furred wolf emerges.

Timber Wolf CR 2

Source Pathfinder #67: The Snows of Summer pg. 83
XP 600
N Medium animal
Init +4; Senses low-light vision, scent; Perception +10

Defense

AC 18, touch 14, flat-footed 14 (+4 Dex, +4 natural)
hp 17 (2d8+8)
Fort +7, Ref +7, Will +3

Offense

Speed 30 ft.
Melee bite +4 (1d6+4 plus trip)

Statistics

Str 17, Dex 19, Con 19, Int 2, Wis 16, Cha 10
Base Atk +1; CMB +4; CMD 18 (22 vs. trip)
Feats Skill Focus (Perception)
Skills Perception +10, Stealth +8; Racial Modifiers +4 Survival when tracking by scent

Ecology

Environment cold forest or mountains
Organization solitary, pair, or pack (3–20)
Treasure none

Description

Timber wolves range in color from white to gray to pitch black. The largest males can weigh 175 pounds. Timber wolves typically have longer legs and bigger paws to help traverse the difficult terrain in which they live. More importantly, their proportionally larger heads, held up by powerful neck muscles, allow them to drag down sizable herd animals.

Hunts begin with a communal howl to unite the pack. They chase their prey over vast distances—sometimes over 50 miles—wearing prey down with fear and exhaustion. Using jaws capable of crushing bones and snapping spines, several timber wolves at a time might latch on to a victim and drag it to the ground. Their speed and pack instincts let them use coordinated attacks, flanking, and hit-and-run maneuvers.

Group howling helps bind the pack together. The howls can be used for calling the pack to the hunt, determining the location of other pack members, communicating food sources, and even determining social order. Howls can be heard over vast distances and help establish a pack’s territory, which averages 350 square miles.

The power and majesty of timber wolves inspire many sentient races. For civilized folk, the wolf has come to embody a primitive evil, often playing the role of a villain in fairy tales. This has earned the animal an undeserved reputation for aggression. Among northern peoples, the wolf symbolizes strength and prowess in battle. Many tribes revere wolf totems, and some even claim in their folklore to be originally descended from wolves.