Cheetahs were large felines known for their speed.[1]

Description[edit | edit source]

Cheetahs were slender and long, their bodies designed to reach high speeds and leap great distances. The coloration of their fur allowed them to blend into their habitat seamlessly. Unlike most cats, cheetahs were unable to retract their claws.[2]

Biology[edit | edit source]

Cheetah's were the fastest natural land animals known to scholars of Toril, able to attain speeds of nearly 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour) when sprinting.[1][note 1]

Combat[edit | edit source]

Cheetahs were skilled hunters and used their speed and jumping ability to tackle prey. Their sharp claws and fangs were deadly natural weapons. They could jump up to 10 feet (3 meters) horizontally and 20 feet (6.1 meters) vertically. Cheetahs were especially dangerous when protecting their cubs, for which they fought to the death in their defense.[2]

Ecology[edit | edit source]

Cheetahs were territorial creatures, but often lived with others of their kind. Female cheetahs had litters of up to four cubs, who remained by her side for two years.[2]

Diet[edit | edit source]

Cheetahs were obligate carnivores and targeted antelopes as their primary source of food. They rarely attacked humanoids for food.[2]

Habitats[edit | edit source]

These creatures were typically could be found in warm grasslands and prairies.[2]

Cheetahs were found on the plains in Durpar,[4] Estagund,[4] the Great Rift,[5] Halruaa,[6] Semphar,[7] the Shaar,[8] Var,[4] and Zakhara.[9] Some cheetahs also lived within the forest of Cormanthor.[10]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Cheetahs were the only great cat species that could be properly domesticated.[3] Druids and rangers in the Shaar often took on a cheetah as a companion animal.[11]

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Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. This value is calculated using v.3.5 rules. For comparison, the fastest horses in v.3.5—the Calimite, Chionthar, Dambraii, Lhesperan, and Raurin—can reach 40 mph (64 km/h).
    In the real world, some horses can reach speeds of over 50 mph (80 km/h), and cheetahs have been clocked well over 60 mph (97 km/h), but v.3.5 consistently gives lower maximum speeds for animals, likely because the Monster Manuals include representatives of average specimens.

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