Starting today, we’ll be releasing a new, free, OGL-compatible monster every Wednesday. Since we’re launching today though, we didn’t think it was fair to make you wait that long.
The Frost Tiger is one of the first creatures we came up with and was basically us taking a look at giant cats and asking “how can we make this deadlier?” It was at one point going to be the Frost “Liger,” but we backed off of that after we considered the complications that would come with interbreeding Frost Lions and Frost Tigers. (Not to mention the fact that we’d need to have Frost Lions and Frost Tigers to begin with.)
A pay-what-you-want, OGL compatible PDF of the Frost Tiger can be found at DriveThruRPG. The beastie text itself can be found below:
Medium beast, unaligned
Armor Class 14 (natural armor)
Hit Points 50 (6d8 + 6)
Speed 40 ft.
STR 20 (+5) DEX 15 (+2) CON 12 (+1) INT 10 (+0) WIS 14 (+2) CHA 10(+0)
Skills Perception +3, Stealth +6
Senses Darkvision 60 ft., Passive Perception 13
Proficiency Bonus +2
Challenge 2 (450 XP)
Keen Smell. The Frost Tiger has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on smell.
Pounce. If the tiger moves at least 20 feet straight toward a creature and then hits it with a claw attack on the same turn, that target must succeed on a DC 13 Strength saving throw or be knocked prone. If the target is prone, the tiger can make one bite attack against it as a bonus action.
Frost Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (1d10 + 5) piercing damage. The target must succeed on a DC 11 Constitution saving throw or be frozen until the end of their next turn.
Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 9 (1d8 + 5) slashing damage.
Native to the Empire’s frozen Northern provinces, the Frost Tiger is a predator of the deadliest variety. Larger in size than its kin from warmer climes, its physical power is matched only by its cunning. Blending in with its snowy surroundings, it can stalk its prey for miles without being seen and unheard. Attacking with precise and lethal force, its quarry will often be dead before it even knows that it’s being hunted.
Deadly as it is when it’s unseen however, the Frost Tiger is at its deadliest when it’s been cornered. Their massive jaws are powerful enough to rip a man’s arm clean off. Imbued with subtle magic, its claws will likewise leave the flesh of would-be attackers not just bloodied, but frozen solid. Few who challenge a Frost Tiger in direct combat live to tell the tale.
In spite of its deadliness (or perhaps because of it), owning a Frost Tiger became something a status symbol for wealthy citizens during the peak of the Empire. Rich merchants, lords and kings would pay handsome sums for a caged Frost Tiger. Most major cities, in turn, had at least a few living within their walls. After the empire collapsed, many of the beasts escaped from their cages, turning their new urban environments into hunting grounds.