Werebear: Smarter Than the Average Bear

Wow. Yogi is having a really bad day. And he’s gonna make sure that you have one too, if you get on his bad side.

This joke is falling apart faster than my love life, let’s move on.

Lore: Gentle Giant

Of all the lycanthropes, werebears are the most powerful. They’re also the most dangerous, secluding themselves away from civilization for fear of spreading their curse. Even when they succumb to the curse, they’ll avoid biting those around them in order to protect them. They’ll only share the curse to those who volunteer in order to help it learn to control it. They’re so gentle that they’ll even protect the flora and fauna of their territory from intruders. Though there are some werebears every bit as evil as other lycanthropes.

When combined with the general lore, there’s a lot you can do here. Perhaps the players accidentally stumble into the territory of a werebear and they can find a peaceful way to avoid killing it. Or maybe the party can help a crew of some kind convince their werebear leader to spread its curse to them in order to help them. You’ve got opportunities aplenty!

Opportunities for a campaign-long villain? No. But for a one-off session? Perfect.

Design: Uh… Insert Joke Here

I… don’t know what I was expecting.

Hogi, no! Put the axe down!

On one hand, I think it’s kinda hilarious how simple this design is. It’s a bear-man. Exactly what you’d expect. It’s the most brain-dead design one could possibly come up with for a monster like this.

On the other, it’s not exactly something you can analyze. What you see is what you get. Bear man is a bear. Shocker, I know.

Uh… moving on, I guess.

Stats: Bulky Bear

This isn’t a walking tank. It has a ton of HP, but it lacks in AC both in human, hybrid, and bear forms. However, it is completely immune to all melee damage done by non-silvered weapons.

In terms of offense, on the other hand…

Its bite is its most dangerous attack. Not only because it deals the most damage, but also because it spreads the curse of lycanthropy. Its claws are almost as deadly, though it does slightly less damage and doesn’t spread the curse. While in humanoid form, it can wield a greataxe, which is likely its least dangerous weapon, although it still packs a punch for an early-game monster.

This doesn’t make for an especially complex or memorable fight. Honestly, the best part is just the possible panic the players could experience every time it uses its bite attack. Aside from that, it’s yet another simple slugfest. Hit it until it dies, the end.

Placement

This is an alright entry. It doesn’t have much lore, but the lore that is there is pretty strong. Its design is lacking and its stats are boring. Overall, not a weak monster. But not a particularly strong one, either.

With all that in mind, let’s put the Werebear on the Best of the Bestiary!

  1. Beholder
  2. Death Tyrant
  3. Dragon Turtle
  4. Green Dragons
  5. Red Dragons
  6. Blue Dragons
  7. Black Dragons
  8. White Dragons
  9. Silver Dragons
  10. Couatl
  11. Behir
  12. Aboleth
  13. Sea Hag
  14. Lamia
  15. Bronze Dragons
  16. Brass Dragons
  17. Copper Dragons
  18. Gold Dragons
  19. Chuul
  20. Kuo-Toa
  21. Gibbering Mouther
  22. Kraken
  23. Intellect Devourer
  24. Chimera
  25. Death Knight
  26. Fomorian
  27. Bone Devil
  28. Dracolich
  29. Faerie Dragon
  30. Lich
  31. Kobold
  32. Kenku
  33. Hobgoblins
  34. Night Hag
  35. Green Hag
  36. Ankheg
  37. Hook Horror
  38. Storm Giant
  39. Hill Giant
  40. Empyrean
  41. Efreeti
  42. Grimlock
  43. Dao
  44. Cloud Giant
  45. Drow (all four of ’em)
  46. Shadow Demon
  47. Marilith
  48. Drider
  49. Aarackockra
  50. Azer
  51. Demilich
  52. Spectator
  53. Hydra
  54. Marid
  55. Harpy
  56. Werejackal
  57. Half-Dragon
  58. Cambion
  59. Fire Giant
  60. Animated Armor
  61. Banshee
  62. Basilisk
  63. Yochlol
  64. Bulette
  65. Cloaker
  66. Darkmantle
  67. Doppelganger
  68. Ghoul and Ghast
  69. Ettin
  70. Pit Fiend
  71. Erinyes
  72. Chain Devil
  73. Bearded Devil
  74. Barbed Devil
  75. Spined Devil
  76. Ice Devil
  77. Djinni
  78. Nalfeshnee
  79. Glabrezu
  80. Chasme
  81. Grell
  82. Barlgura
  83. Horned Devil
  84. Balor
  85. Shadow Dragon
  86. Werebear <——————
  87. Lizardfolk
  88. Vrock
  89. Dretch
  90. Gnolls (all three)
  91. Goristro
  92. Hezrou
  93. Manes
  94. Frost Giant
  95. Duergar
  96. Quasit
  97. Dryad
  98. Flumph
  99. Goblin
  100. Githyanki
  101. Planetar
  102. Imp
  103. Clay Golem
  104. Flameskull
  105. Displacer Beast
  106. Carrion Crawler
  107. Githzerai
  108. Grick
  109. Invisible Stalker
  110. Rug of Smothering
  111. Bugbear Chief
  112. Bugbear
  113. Flesh Golem
  114. Vine Blight
  115. Twig Blight
  116. Needle Blight
  117. Bullywug
  118. Hellhound
  119. Ettercap
  120. Gas Spore
  121. Cockatrice
  122. Lemure
  123. Homonculus
  124. Solar
  125. Deva
  126. Gorgon
  127. Hippogriff
  128. Griffon
  129. Cyclops
  130. Centaur
  131. Ghost
  132. Fire Elemental
  133. Water Elemental
  134. Air Elemental
  135. Stone Giant
  136. Deep Gnome
  137. Dinosaurs (All six of them)
  138. Iron Golem
  139. Stone Golem
  140. Earth Elemental
  141. Galeb Duhr
  142. Helmed Horror
  143. Flying Sword
  144. Crawling Claw
  145. Violet Fungus
  146. Shrieker
  147. Gargoyle
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