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Wereboar: Man-Bear-Pig… Minus the Bear

I ran out of good title jokes a long time ago.

A lot of creatures come to mind when you imagine a lycanthrope. A wolf. A lion. A bear. I can’t think many people would consider a pig.

That, or I’m just close-minded.

Lore: A Wild Family

Unlike werebears, wereboars don’t try to quell the spread of their curse. In fact, it will take great joy in seeing people try to resist the curse after they infect them, as they only grow more savage for the effort. Living in remote forest areas, caves, or old huts, wereboars will gather together into a small herd. They rarely trust strangers, and on the rare occasion they do, they ally themselves with orcs.

This could make for a fun encounter. Need an extra-menacing enemy for an orc-themed campaign? Throw in a crew of wereboar mercenaries. Or you could do a simple save-the-village plot. You don’t have many possibilities, and certainly not many creative ones. But those that are there are plenty enjoyable.

Design: Reject Humanity, Return to Pig

This isn’t an especially amazing design. But I would say it’s a step up from the werebear.

“That’s it! I’m gettin’ me mallet!”

On the surface, it’s exactly what you’d expect: a pig-man. Not as savage as the werebear, but still animalistic and dangerous in its own way. And yeah, that’s what it is.

But I like one small detail: the clothes. They aren’t raggedy, like the wereboar tore it to pieces. Rather, they’re neat, pristine. It’s like the wereboar has fully embraced its curse, allowing it to keep a hold on its humanity, if not its morality. It fits the lore very well.

In the end, it isn’t an amazing look. But there have been less creative or effective designs, I suppose.

Stats: Run ‘Em Down!

You ever tried fighting a pig? It ain’t as easy as you might think. At least, that’s what I’ve been told.

This thing isn’t nearly so bulky as the werebear. It has the same AC, but much lower HP. It’s best defense is its immunity to non-silvered weapons. That, and Relentless, which allows it to go down to 1 HP instead of 0 should certain criteria be met.

It doesn’t have much to go off of offensively, either. It can hit you with a maul in human form or gouge you with its tusks in boar form. The ladder can be boosted in damage if it uses Charge, so… don’t let it get too far away.

While it isn’t the most boring slugfest you could have, it is still a slugfest. The only thing the party will really need to worry about is their positioning in order to avoid letting the wereboar use Charge. And once Relentless is used up, if it even is at all, that’s it. It’s far from a menacing or memorable foe.

Placement

The wereboar is a middling monster. It’s lore is alright and its design isn’t awful, but its stats leave something to be desired. None of it is bad. Yet none of it is amazing.

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

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  100. Wereboar <———————
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