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[5e] This look reasonable? Skeletal Rider

Michael Morris

First Post
I very rarely do monsters so I'm not as familiar with balancing them. I devised this monster because skeletal warhorses are CR 1/2 and skeletons are CR 1/4, so a mounted normal skeleton is CR 3/4, which is awkward. This is merely a skeleton with +2 STR, an extra hit die, shield, a better weapon and a shard of the mounted combat feat, the goal of it being CR 1/2 by itself, and CR 1 when mounted on the warhorse in the MM.

I'm thinking I might want to dial it back a little, but I dunno. Again, I don't do monsters often.

Skeletal Rider
Medium Undead, Lawful Evil

Armor Class: 15 (Armor Scraps, Shield)
Hit Points: 19 (3d8+4)
Speed: 30’

STR 12, DEX 14, CON 15, INT 6, WIS 8, CHA 5

Damage Vulnerability: Bludgeoning
Damage Immunities: Poison
Condition Immunities: Exhaustion, Poison
Senses: Darkvision 60’, Passive Perception 9
Languages: Understands those spoke in life, can’t speak.
Challenge: ½

Mounted Combatant: If the skeletal rider is mounted it has advantage on all attacks against targets smaller than its mount.

Lance: Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 10’, one target. Hit: 10 (1d12+3) piercing damage.
Shortbow: Ranged Weapon Attack, +4 to hit, range 80/320, one target. Hit: 5 (1d6+2) piercing damage.

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