Posted by Table Titans on February 10, 2013
Who doesn't like a bear-type monster? We certainly do and so does James Wyatt! James is the Creative Manager for Dungeons & Dragons R&D at Wizards of the Coast. He was one of the lead designers for 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons and the primary author of the 4th Edition Dungeon Master’s Guide. He also contributed to the Eberron Campaign Setting, and is the author of several Dungeons & Dragons novels set in the world of Eberron. In addition to all that goodness, James writes a fantastic article for Dungeon Magazine call Wander Monsters, where he and the D&D team talk about monsters and monster design for the upcoming D&D Next. Recently he wrote an excellent article showing what might be coming with monsters in D&D Next including one of our favorite bear-mashups, the Bug Bear! Below are some of the stats, check out the full article to see the whole designer here!
Medium Humanoid (Goblin)
Armor Class 14 (leather, shield)
Hit Points 18 (4d8)
Speed 30 ft.
Senses darkvision 60 ft.
Str 15 (+2); Dex 14 (+2); Con 10 (+0)
Int 8 (–1); Wis 11 (+0); Cha 9 (–1)
Alignment neutral evil
Languages Common, Goblin
Burly: The bugbear can wield weapons that are one size category larger than normal without penalty.
Stealthy +5: The bugbear gains a +5 bonus to all checks made to avoid detection.
Melee Attack—Large Morningstar: +2 to hit (reach 5 ft.; one creature). Hit: 5 (1d8 + 1) bludgeoning damage and 5 (1d8 + 1) piercing damage.
Ranged Attack—Large Javelin: +2 to hit (range 30 ft./120 ft.; one creature). Hit: 9 (2d6 + 2) piercing damage.
Level 3; XP 140
Environment: Hills or any underground