Small beast, unaligned

Challenge Rating
10 XP

In the desolate expanses of sun-scorched deserts and moonlit wastelands, the Jackal prowls, a cunning and opportunistic predator that has adapted seamlessly to survive in harsh, unforgiving environments. This canine creature, resembling a lean and agile wolf, possesses the keen instincts and primal ferocity that make it a formidable foe in the wilds of the world.

With a coat of sandy brown or ash gray fur, the Jackal blends seamlessly with the arid landscapes it calls home. Its lithe body, built for agility and speed, allows it to traverse the shifting sands and rocky terrain with ease. Sharp claws dig into the earth, providing the necessary grip for quick turns and sudden bursts of acceleration, enabling it to outmaneuver its prey or evade would-be predators.

The Jackal’s senses are finely honed, allowing it to detect even the faintest sound or scent. Its keen ears swivel to catch the rustle of prey, while its eyes, glowing with an intense amber hue, are adapted to see clearly even in the darkest of nights. The Jackal’s nose is a formidable tool, capable of discerning scents carried on the wind, aiding it in tracking down its quarry or detecting the presence of rivals encroaching upon its territory.

While it often hunts in packs, the Jackal is a proficient solitary predator as well. With calculated precision, it stalks its prey, patiently waiting for the opportune moment to strike. When the time is right, it lunges with lightning speed, jaws snapping shut with a bone-crushing force. Small game, such as rodents or desert-dwelling birds, may fall victim to its hunger, while larger prey, weakened or caught unawares, may find themselves at the mercy of the Jackal’s relentless pursuit.

Despite its natural predatory prowess, the Jackal is not immune to the dangers of the desert. It must contend with scorching heat, scarce resources, and territorial disputes with rival packs. In these hostile conditions, the Jackal’s adaptability and cunning become its greatest assets, allowing it to thrive where others may falter.

Encountering a Jackal in the wild can be a perilous experience for the unwary traveler. Its sharp teeth and relentless tenacity make it a formidable opponent. Yet, those who understand its behavior and respect its natural instincts may find a tenuous ally in this untamed creature, using its knowledge of the land and its sharp senses to aid their own endeavors in the harsh expanses it calls home.

Special Abilities

Keen Hearing and Smell

The jackal has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on hearing or smell.

Pack Tactics

The jackal has advantage on an attack roll against a creature if at least one of the jackal’s allies is within 5 ft. of the creature and the ally isn’t incapacitated.


  • Bite: Melee Weapon Attack: +1 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 1 (1d4 – 1) piercing damage.
Armor Class: 12 (DEX)
Hit Points: 3 (1d6)
Speed: 40 ft. (walk)


  • Skill: Perception +3


  • Passive Perception: 13
Environment: Desert, Grassland

Credits: SRD 5.1