Epic Monsters: Drop Bears (5E)
  • Epic Monsters: Drop Bears (5E)


    Today’s Epic Monster is probably my all-time favorite entry in the series because honestly how could it be anything else? I’m talking of course about the deadliest beast in all of Australia, the vicious creature from the brush: DROP BEARS!



    If you have somehow not yet heard of Thylarctos plummetus you are in for a treat. I first learned about Drop Bears in August of 2013 via the (excellent) webcomic Penny Arcade but they were already something of an in-joke between Australians--if any of you Aussies can speak up with more information please do so! That PA comic came a few months after the Australian Geographic did a spoof article in conjunction with the Australian Museum which has a proper entry for them just like any other species.

    Which is awesome. Just like the Drop Bear.

    Design Notes: The drop bear is part bear and part rogue, designed to make a party go “HOLY S#$%!” and panic. With that in mind it is sneaky, gets something good from ambushing, and can reload that situation pretty quickly. The DMG build brings it in JUST ABOVE CR 3 and the Blog of Holding at 2.6 but given the potential for catastrophe with criticals I feel the higher of the two is the right choice.


    Drop Bear
    Medium beast, unaligned


    Armor Class
    14 (natural)
    Hit Points 42 (5d8+20)
    Speed 40 ft., climb 35 ft.

    STR
    DEX
    CON
    INT
    WIS
    CHA
    17 (+3)
    18 (+4)
    19 (+4)
    5 (-3)
    13 (+1)
    10 (+0)

    Skills Athletics +7, Perception +3, Stealth +8, Survival +3
    Damage Resistances poison
    Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 13
    Languages --
    Challenge 3 (700 XP)

    Cunning Action. On each of its turns, the drop bear can use a bonus action to take the Dash, Disengage, or Hide action.

    Drop Bear Weaknesses. The drop bear has the following flaws:

    • Fork Aversion. The drop bear has disadvantage on attack rolls made against creatures with two or more forks worked into their hair or fur.
    • Spread Revulsion. The drop bear cannot stand Vegemite or toothpaste. When a creature that spreads either substance behind its ears or armpits gets within 30 feet of a drop bear, the drop bear growls uncontrollably and has disadvantage on Dexterity (Stealth) checks while doing so.
    • Urine Disgust. The drop bear does not like the taste or smell of urine. When the drop bear is presented with one or more creatures soiled with urine, it becomes agitated and attacks wildly, charging at the nearest non-urinated target (or the target with the least urine if all targets have soiled themselves).


    Sneak Attack (1/Turn). The drop bear deals an extra 7 (2d6) damage when it hits a target with a weapon attack and has advantage on the attack roll, or when the target is within 5 feet of an ally of the drop bear that isn't incapacitated and the drop bear doesn't have disadvantage on the attack roll.


    ACTIONS

    Multiattack. The drop bear attacks once with its bite and once with its claws.

    Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (1d8+3) piercing damage.

    Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d6+3) slashing damage.


    REACTIONS

    Vicious Rend. When the drop bear hits the same target with its bite and claw attacks on its turn, it can use its reaction to deal an extra 10 (4d4) slashing damage.
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. CubicsRube's Avatar
      CubicsRube -
      As an Australian, I approve of this message
    1. lightblade's Avatar
      lightblade -
      The Zorbo, as found in Tomb of Annihilation, seems pretty spot-on as a drop bear to me.
    1. Mike Myler's Avatar
      Mike Myler -
      Quote Originally Posted by lightblade View Post
      The Zorbo, as found in Tomb of Annihilation, seems pretty spot-on as a drop bear to me.
      I don't have Tomb of Annihilation and am playing through it with a group (just started last week). Any more details you can give me that won't be spoilers?
    1. dave2008's Avatar
      dave2008 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mike Myler View Post
      I don't have Tomb of Annihilation and am playing through it with a group (just started last week). Any more details you can give me that won't be spoilers?
      Ecohawk did a Monster ENCyclopedia: Tomb of Annihilation edition and it has the zorbo at the end: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthr...f-Annihilation
    1. Mike Myler's Avatar
      Mike Myler -
      Quote Originally Posted by dave2008 View Post
      Ecohawk did a Monster ENCyclopedia: Tomb of Annihilation edition and it has the zorbo at the end: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthr...f-Annihilation
      Looks like a dire drop bear to me
    1. Connorsrpg's Avatar
      Connorsrpg -
      These ones are huge. Thankfully, I have never seen one so big... yet!
    1. Walker's Avatar
      Walker -
      Drop bear, Drop bear every where...
    1. BBShockwave's Avatar
      BBShockwave -
      Eh, I prefer the Zorbo, an evil koala that steals armor class from items, that is nastier.
    1. Veldraneofsengir's Avatar
      Veldraneofsengir -
      One note: i believe that the vicious rend ability, would require either a bonus action or an incidental to activate, since it activates on the drop bear's turn. A reaction is used when not on your turn.
    1. Mike Myler's Avatar
      Mike Myler -
      Quote Originally Posted by Veldraneofsengir View Post
      One note: i believe that the vicious rend ability, would require either a bonus action or an incidental to activate, since it activates on the drop bear's turn. A reaction is used when not on your turn.
      Most of the time but not always

      Quote Originally Posted by 5E SRD View Post
      Reactions
      Certain special abilities, spells, and situations allow you to take a special action called a reaction. A reaction is an instant response to a trigger of some kind, which can occur on your turn or on someone else’s.
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