Sabre-toothed cat

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A sabre-toothed cat, f, is a type of monster that appears in SLASH'EM, SlashTHEM and Hack'EM. It is a large carnivorous feline that can be seen via infravision.

Saber-toothed cats possess a two strong claw attacks and a bite attack.


Randomly-generated saber-toothed cats are not generated in Gehennom.


Sabre-toothed cats move at the same speed as you and are significantly tougher than other felines, doing twice the damage of a tiger with twice the hit points on average - a player who is not sufficiently prepared to engage one in melee may meet their death quickly. Fortunately, their lack of monster MR leaves them very vulnerable to wands and spells, and a fast player can reliably outrun them while using ranged attacks at will. Their AC of 6 is also mediocre enough that a well-armored character with a decently-enchanted weapon can fight them off even in melee.


Machairodontinae is an extinct subfamily of carnivorous mammals within the family Felidae (also known as "true cats"), and contains many of the extinct predators commonly known as "saber-toothed cats", including the famed genus Smilodon. These saber-toothed cats are the best-known genera of saber-toothed predators and were found across most of the world, living from about 16 million until about 11,000 years ago. The species is named for their massive canine teeth: Machairodontinae means "dagger-tooth" and is derived from the Greek μάχαιρα (machaira, "sword").

Previously, some species of saber-toothed cats were called "saber-toothed tigers", though machairodonts are not closely related to any living feline species; DNA analysis published in 2005 confirmed and clarified that the Machairodontinae diverged early from the ancestors of modern cats in their evolution.