Spectral Panther (CR 4)

Large Magical Beast (Incorporeal)
Alignment: Usually neutral evil
Initiative: +5 (+1 Dex, +4 Improved Initiative); Senses: scent, darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, Listen +8, and Spot +8

AC: 15 (-1 size, +1 Dex, +5 natural), touch 10, flat-footed 14
Hit Dice: 3d10+9 (25 hp)
Fort +6, Ref +4, Will +3
Speed: 40 ft.
Space: 10 ft./5 ft.
Base Attack +3; Grapple +11
Attack: Bite +6 melee
Full Attack: Bite +6 melee
Damage: Bite 1d8+6
Special Attacks/Actions: Fear aura
Abilities: Str 18, Dex 13, Con 16, Int 13, Wis 14, Cha 15
Special Qualities: Spectral form, ghost touch, fast healing 2
Feats: Alertness; Improved Initiative
Skills: Hide +1, Jump +10, Listen +8, Move Silently +9, and Spot +8
Advancement: 4-9 HD (Large)
Climate/Terrain: Any land
Organization: Solitary
Treasure: None

Source: Monster Compendium: Monsters of Faerûn


Spectral panthers stalk their prey, often for hours, feeding on the victim's fear for as long as possible before moving in for the kill.

Fear Aura (Su): Spectral panthers radiate an aura of fear to a distance of 30 feet. Characters within this radius must make a Will save (DC 13) every minute or become shaken, suffering a -2 morale penalty on attack rolls, checks, and saving throws.

Spectral Form (Su): Three times per day, a spectral panther can become incorporeal for up to 10 minutes at a time. While incorporeal, its AC becomes 12 (-1 size, +1 Dex, +2 deflection) and it gains all the special qualities of an incorporeal creature. The spectral panther often attacks while incorporeal, using its ghost touch ability.

Ghost Touch (Su): The spectral panther has the ghost touch ability which allows it to attack incorporeal creatures normally. While incorporeal, the creature can attack corporeal targets normally.

Skills: Spectral panthers have a +4 racial bonus on Move Silently checks. The creature's Hide bonus increases by +8 when it is in shadows.

Incorporeal Subtype

Some creatures are incorporeal by nature, while others (such as those that become ghosts) can acquire the incorporeal subtype. An incorporeal creature has no physical body. It can be harmed only by other incorporeal creatures, magic weapons or creatures that strike as magic weapons, and spells, spell-like abilities, or supernatural abilities. It has immunity to all nonmagical attack forms. Even when hit by spells, including touch spells or magic weapons, it has a 50% chance to ignore any damage from a corporeal source (except for positive energy, negative energy, force effects such as magic missile, or attacks made with ghost touch weapons). Non-damaging spell attacks affect incorporeal creatures normally unless they require corporeal targets to function (such as the spell implosion) or they create a corporeal effect that incorporeal creatures would normally ignore (such as a web or wall of stone spell). Although it is not a magical attack, a hit with holy water has a 50% chance of affecting an incorporeal undead creature.

An incorporeal creature's natural weapons affect both in incorporeal and corporeal targets, and pass through (ignore) corporeal natural armor, armor, and shields, although deflection bonuses and force effects (such as mage armor) work normally against it. Attacks made by an incorporeal creature with a nonmagical melee weapon have no effect on corporeal targets, and any melee attack an incorporeal creature makes with a magic weapon against a corporeal target has a 50% miss chance except for attacks it makes with a ghost touch weapon, which are made normally (no miss chance).

Any equipment worn or carried by an incorporeal creature is also incorporeal as long as it remains in the creature's possession. An object that the creature relinquishes loses its incorporeal quality (and the creature loses the ability to manipulate the object). If an incorporeal creature uses a thrown weapon or a ranged weapon, the projectile becomes corporeal as soon as it is fired and can affect a corporeal target normally (no miss chance). Magic items possessed by an incorporeal creature work normally with respect to their effects on the creature or another target. Similarly, spells cast by an incorporeal creature affect corporeal creatures normally.

An incorporeal creature has no natural armor bonus but has a deflection bonus equal to its Charisma bonus (always at least +1, even if the creature's Charisma score does not normally provide a bonus).

An incorporeal creature can enter or pass through solid object but must remain adjacent to the object's exterior, and so cannot pass entirely through an object whose space is larger than its own. It can sense the presence of creatures or objects a square adjacent to its current location, but enemies have total concealment from an incorporeal creature that is inside an object. In order to see clearly and attack normally, a incorporeal creature must emerge. An incorporeal creature inside an object has total cover, but when it attacks a creature outside the object it only has cover, so a creature outside with a readied action could strike at it as it attacks. An incorporeal creature cannot pass through a force effect.

Incorporeal creatures pass through and operate in water as easily as they do in air. Incorporeal creatures cannot fall or take falling damage. Incorporeal creature cannot make trip or grapple attacks against corporeal creatures, nor can they be tripped or grappled by such creatures. In fact, they cannot take any physical action that would move or manipulate a corporeal being or its equipment, nor are they subject to such actions. Incorporeal creatures have no weight and do not set off traps that are triggered by weight.

An incorporeal creature moves silently and cannot be heard with Listen checks if it doesn't wish to be. It has no Strength score, so its Dexterity modifier applies to both its melee attacks and its ranged attacks. Non-visual senses, such as scent and blindsight, are either ineffective or only partly effective with regard to incorporeal creatures. Incorporeal creatures have an innate sense of direction and can move at full speed even when they cannot see.