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AC 11 (natural armor, or cloth in humanoid form)

HP 135 (18d8 + 54; bloodied 67)

Speed 30 ft. (40 ft., climb 30 ft. in bear or hybrid form)

Proficiency +3; Maneuver DC 15

Skills Perception +4 (+1d4)

Damage Immunities damage from nonmagical, non-silvered weapons

Senses passive Perception 16

Languages Common

Keen Smell. The werebear has advantage on Perception checks that rely on smell.

Wolfsbane. Lycanthropes are repelled by the wolfsbane flower. A lycanthrope in hybrid or beast form is poisoned while within 10 feet of a living or dried wolfsbane flower that it can smell. If wolfsbane is applied to a weapon or ammunition, lycanthropes are damaged by the weapon as if it were silver. An application of wolfsbane lasts for 1 hour.


Multiattack. The werebear makes two claw attacks, two greataxe attacks, or two handaxe attacks.

Greataxe (Humanoid or Hybrid Form Only). Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (1d12 + 4) slashing damage. 

Handaxe (Humanoid or Hybrid Form Only). Melee or Ranged Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft. or range 20/60 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (1d6 + 4) slashing damage. 

Claw (Bear or Hybrid Form Only). Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (1d12 + 4) slashing damage. If the target is a Medium or smaller creature, it is grappled (escape DC 15). Until this grapple ends, the werebear can’t use its greataxe and can’t attack a different target with its claw.

Bite (Bear or Hybrid Form Only). Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 11 (2d6 + 4) piercing damage. If the target is a humanoid, it makes a DC 14 Constitution saving throw . On a failure, it is cursed with werebear lycanthropy .


Shapeshift. The werebear changes its form to a Large bear, a Large bear-humanoid hybrid, or into its true form, which is a humanoid. While shapeshifted, its statistics are unchanged except for its size. It can’t speak in bear form. Its equipment is not transformed. It reverts to its true form if it dies. 

Frenzied Bite (While Bloodied, Bear or Hybrid Form Only). The werebear makes a bite attack.


If it wishes to hide its nature or avoid infecting others, the werebear fights with axes in humanoid form. Otherwise, it attacks with its claws in hybrid form. When bloodied, it instinctively shifts to hybrid form and attacks with its claws and bite, fighting to the death.

Legends and Lore

With an Arcana or Nature check, characters can learn the following:

DC 10 Humanoids cursed with lycanthropy transform into animals on the night of the full moon. Many types of were-creatures exist.

DC 15 Any humanoid bitten by a lycanthrope risks becoming a lycanthrope themselves. The child of a lycanthrope might also suffer the curse. Nonmagical weapons cannot harm most lycanthropes, unless that weapon is silvered or coated with wolfsbane.


Over time, most werebears become withdrawn and irascible. They feel no particular urge to increase their numbers and rarely choose to pass on their curse. When angry, they transform into bear or hybrid form and swat opponents with their powerful claws. Some mountain-dwelling cultures accept, or even revere, werebears.


Wilderness Behavior

1 In humanoid form, living alone: avoids strangers for fear of hurting them

2 In humanoid form, living alone: murders travelers

3 In animal form, hunting game

4 In animal form, stalking humanoids (possibly the characters)

5 Hiding in ambush, planning highway robbery

6 In humanoid form, living as a ranger; suspicious of strangers but will help those with good intent

7 Scouting for its family or tribe, or for an evil overlord

8 The last of its bloodline, seeking vengeance

Settlement Behavior

1 In animal form, slinking through alleys

2 In hybrid form, devouring a corpse

3 In humanoid form, fighting animal urges

4 In humanoid form, trying to frame someone for recent murders

5 In humanoid form; can’t remember what it did during the last full moon and is concerned that it may be a lycanthrope

6 In humanoid form, drunk (alcohol dulls its lycanthropic urges)

7 In humanoid form, fleeing from angry pursuers

8 In humanoid form, friendly and talkative (but kills to preserve its secret)


Wilderness Signs

1 Animal tracks that turn human or vice versa

2 A distant animal howl or roar

3 A humanoid corpse, torn limb from limb

4 DC 14 Perception check: the snapping of twigs

5 A natural animal ( bear , boar , rat , tiger , or wolf )

6 The carcass of a deer or wild pig

Settlement Signs

1 Animal tracks that turn human

2 A distant scream

3 A local crackpot claims to have seen a monstrous beast

4 People speaking in hushed voices about a rash of gruesome killings

5 An herbalists’s shop has been robbed and vandalized. DC 14 Investigation check: the wolfsbane is missing

6 Animal footprints lead to a shop window or door


While lycanthropes can be found anywhere, werebears and wereboars are most common in mountains and forests, while weretigers are often found in warmer climates. Werewolves and wererats tend to live in settlements, hiding their curse from others.

CR 0–2 wererat

Treasure 70 gp, 50 sp, pipes of the sewers

CR 3–4 2 wererats ; wererat with swarm of rats or 1 to 3 giant rats ; wereboar ; weretiger ; werewolf

Treasure 200 gp, silver and moonstone ring (75 gp), torn and bloody clothes, figurine of wondrous power (silver raven)

CR 5–10 1 or 2 werebears ; werebear with 1d4 black bears ; 2 or 3 wereboars ; 3 to 5 wererats ; 2 weretigers ; weretiger with 1d4 tigers ; 2 or 3 werewolves ; alpha werewolf

Treasure 50 pp, silver hunting horn studded with jade (250 gp), 1 weapon (type suitable for the lycanthrope; bears an engraving of an animal head)

CR 11–16 3 werebears ; 3 or 4 wereboars ; 3 or 4 weretigers ; alpha werewolf with 2 or 3 werewolves

Treasure 1,500 gp, tightly sealed silver coffer (250 gp) containing wolfsbane, set of silver manacles (250 gp), letter from a distant relative suffering the same form of lycanthropy, 2 potions of stone giant strength , ring of animal influence (it can be used without expending a charge when targeting beasts of the lycanthrope’s type)

Monster Type Description

Humanoids include a number of different intelligent, language-using bipeds of Small or Medium size. Humans and elves are humanoids, and so are orcs and goblins. Humanoids may employ magic but are not fundamentally magical—a characteristic that distinguishes them from bipedal, language-using fey, fiends, and other monsters. Humanoids have no inherent alignment, meaning that no humanoid ancestry is naturally good or evil, lawful or chaotic.