The polar bear represents raw size and brute force. The tiger is a master of speed, evasion, and agility. Both are extremely deadly predators. The bear’s thick hide gives it a species bonus against cats, which depend on critical neck blows and slash damage. It’s main problem is landing the killing blow. Cats, all of them, are fast – so the polar bear needs to grind them to exhaustion, by which time it will have suffered tons of scratches and bites. Meaning the victorious bear will also be a badly injured and haggard looking one.
Tigers love to play, and being the biggest cat, it roughs up its closer competitor, the lion. Evolutionary adaptations give tiger the ability to temporarily stand on both hind legs, freeing both front paws for a double-wielding combo assault. It has the critical damage throat kill attack issued to all cats, and also mad dodging skills. This lets the tiger evade deadly blows from fellow predators, and come on top in the exchange.
Coming in a close third, the crocodile brings a merkava tank loaded with only a single, overpowered, attack. It’s jaws are the strongest in the animal kingdom, snapping shut on poor old bears and then drowning them in the cold water. It is the heaviest of the predators, believe it or not. It is even heavier than the polar bear. The croc’s armored shell design is good for fights. But low stamina is a terrible weakness. If a croc is unable to score the killing attack in the first few minutes, it will tire out. But even a tired croc is extremely difficult to kill. So this explains the huge number of draws (5-5 scores).
Crocodiles are also immune to venom, making the formidable King Cobra nothing a useless long string. It wins 100% of fights against a king cobra.
The brown (grizzly) bear is superficially similar to the polar bear, except that it’s smaller. Only the Kodiak subspecies is comparable to polar weights. The American grizzly, which is more iconic, ranges from 180 – 360 kg. The Russian coastal variety has an average of 450 kg. Despite its impressive size, up to 8% of a tiger’s diet is bear meat. So a Siberian Tiger isn’t deeply disadvantaged but it’s a close fight versus the grizzly. The tiger brings speed and power to the table. The bear brings a stronger punch and attrition.
The lion is like a smaller tiger, except with no stripes and a nice haircut. Superficially, the mane should afford it protection versus enemy cats like tigers. Well thats just theorycraft – in practice the mane gives the tiger something to pull around to jerk the lion’s head thus controlling the fight. Lions did not adapt the ability to stand on its hind legs – it needs to stand on three legs, using only one paw for attacking. So these things combine to take away the lion’s title of the King of the Beasts. It comes in a distant fifth place.
The jaguar is smaller than both lion and tiger, but it possesses an armor-piercing bite through the skull to kill an opponent’s brain. Thus its ideal for killing crocodiles. The jaguar can actually finish off a crocodile in water – although it shouldn’t try that too often, because a croc’s jaws are no joke.
The King cobra is one of those “cheaters” who poison their enemy instead of fighting fairly. Well of course they don’t fight fair. They are snakes. A cobra’s venom can kill an elephant, so by extension, I take that to mean polar and grizzly bears as well. But the bear would then short work of the snake with a good whack to the head, so the fight ends with everyone dead.
Just like the croc, the cobra has little to no stamina. So an adept cat should be capable of dodging the stings (cats are freaking fast) while raining constant swipes.
Leopards are the smallest of all the cats on the list. So its no surprise they don’t do so well. Well they can climb trees. And that’s all.
Anacondas are impressively strong constrictors, they kill by strangulation. They sometimes eat crocodiles, although crocodiles also eat them. But an anaconda isn’t that hot against a bear, who will probably regard it as a necklace.
Last and least is the gray wolf, who is mainly a pack hunter. It is pathetically small compared to all the other beasts, but it has the best stamina. Well stamina won’t help much with a low bite force and lack of retractable claws. Without a pack, wolves are nothing but a bad dog.