Dire Wolf (3.5e Monster)

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Author: Aarnott (talk)
Date Created: 22:38, 29 August 2011 (UTC)
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You may be looking for the Dire Wolf from the SRD instead.


This monster is balanced to fit in a high level of balance game. I have taken the liberty of not using the standard D&D rules for determining various statistics for this monster. As a result, it may seem a bit stronger (or weaker) than some SRD monsters of the same CR and that is fine. I think it will pose an appropriate challenge for characters of its CR.

Dire Wolf[edit]

Dire Wolf

CR 3

N Large Animal
Init/Senses +2/Low-light vision, scent; Listen +5, Spot +5
AC 19, touch 16, flat-footed 17
hp 39 (3 HD)
Fort/Ref/Will +6/+6/+6
Speed 50 ft. (10 squares)
Melee +11 Bite (1d8+4, 2d8+8 against a prone creature, see Tear Flesh)
Space/Reach 10 ft./5 ft.
Base Atk/Grp +2/+5
Atk Options Go for the Legs, Tear Flesh, Wolf Pack Tactics
Abilities Str 22, Dex 15, Con 17, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 10
Feats Track
Skills Survival +9
Go for the Legs (Ex) Whenever a dire wolf hits a creature it is flanking, the creature must make a Fortitude save DC 16 (adding any bonuses it would normally get to resist trip attempts), or else be knocked prone.
Tear Flesh (Ex) A dire wolf's attacks are automatically a critical hit against prone creatures.
Wolf Pack Tactics (Ex) The dire wolf flanks any creature that is threatened by an ally. A dire wolf's allies that threaten a creature also flank the creature if the dire wolf threatens it.

Dire wolves are efficient pack hunters that will kill anything they can catch.

Dire wolves are mottled gray or black, about 9 feet long and weighing some 800 pounds.

Strategies and Tactics[edit]

Dire wolves prefer to attack in packs, using their wolf pack tactics to bring down their enemies and tear into them.


A dire wolf's heart holds great power. If eaten, it provides a creature the Wolf Pack Tactics ability (see above) and the benefits of the Improved Trip feat for 5 minutes.

A dire wolf heart is valued at 900 gp on the open market and may be dried, still preserving its potency.

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