Werewolf: Jacob, No!

Good god, I’ve been reduced to Twilight jokes. What have I become?

The Company of the Black Moon – they used to be adventurers loyal to the realm. Now they roam the woods as a pack of werewolves. The king has promised estates, titles, and gold to anyone who can undo the curse afflicting them. I, for one, have no interest in such rewards.

Thornstaff, Elf Druid

Lore: Savage Cowards

There isn’t a whole lot of lore to cover here. Werewolves are savage hunters, especially in their hybrid form. Most flee civilization not long after becoming cursed, either fearing hurting their loved ones or fearing being caught murdering. Many of them gather in packs with regular wolves or dire wolves.

While this is super sparse, there is some stuff you can do with it. Perhaps the party needs to sneak a werewolf out of a heavily guarded city before they can lose control? Or maybe they’re sent to find an NPC who has joined a wolf pack, having gone full werewolf? It won’t make for anything more than a one-off side quest, but it’s better than nothing.

Design: A True Beast

Once again, this is exactly what you’d expect. Even still, they did manage to tell a story with it. At least somewhat.

“Grandma, what large fangs you have!”

It’s impressive that they managed to create a narrative with nothing more than a shredded tunic. This isn’t like some of the previous lycanthropes, who had accepted their curse and adapted to it. This is a person who has well and truly become a beast, with only the barest semblance of their sanity remaining to them.

But, even still, it’s just a wolf-man. Nothing new or interesting has been done with the concept of a werewolf. It is exactly what you’d expect. Fine, but not particularly interesting or memorable.

Stats: Disappointingly Weak

Wow. For being the go-to lycanthrope, the werewolf sure is pathetic.

Killing it isn’t hard. Its AC and HP are both incredibly low. So long as you have a silvered weapon, you’ll be fine.

Damage wise, it’s options are incredibly limited and boring. It has plenty of weapons, and they do decent damage for a low-level monster. But that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a simple slugfest. This monster has zero abilities more interesting than just scratching the players.

Overall, this makes for an incredibly disappointing fight. Even if you bolster the werewolf with a pack of wolves or dire wolves, it’s still just another ‘hit it until it dies’ situation. Extremely disappointing.

Placement

Overall, this is another middling monster. It’s lore is sparse, but could make for some fun encounters. The design is exactly what you expect, but it was effectively done. Unfortunately, the stats just don’t make for an interesting battle.

With all that in mind, let’s put the Werewolf 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. Weretiger
  96. Werewolf <—————–
  97. Duergar
  98. Quasit
  99. Dryad
  100. Flumph
  101. Goblin
  102. Wereboar
  103. Wererat
  104. Githyanki
  105. Planetar
  106. Imp
  107. Clay Golem
  108. Flameskull
  109. Displacer Beast
  110. Carrion Crawler
  111. Githzerai
  112. Grick
  113. Invisible Stalker
  114. Rug of Smothering
  115. Bugbear Chief
  116. Bugbear
  117. Flesh Golem
  118. Vine Blight
  119. Twig Blight
  120. Needle Blight
  121. Bullywug
  122. Hellhound
  123. Ettercap
  124. Gas Spore
  125. Cockatrice
  126. Lemure
  127. Homonculus
  128. Solar
  129. Deva
  130. Gorgon
  131. Hippogriff
  132. Griffon
  133. Cyclops
  134. Centaur
  135. Ghost
  136. Fire Elemental
  137. Water Elemental
  138. Air Elemental
  139. Stone Giant
  140. Deep Gnome
  141. Dinosaurs (All six of them)
  142. Iron Golem
  143. Stone Golem
  144. Earth Elemental
  145. Galeb Duhr
  146. Helmed Horror
  147. Flying Sword
  148. Crawling Claw
  149. Violet Fungus
  150. Shrieker
  151. Gargoyle
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