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I disagree. I think we can find ways to mimic some of the unique ways creatures fight (or flight). The crocodilian death roll for example, or the feline neck bite, or a gorilla's bluffing charge, or better represent their quickness. Jungle ambushers attack differently than open plains stalkers. There are lots of ways to had some variety. Plus, some should have skills and save bonus at least.There's an issue with beasts
Real beasts are boring on purpose
Real animals have what I call "palette swap" issues. Real animals are not interesting in combat. They are mostlyeither tough brutes, fast brutes, strong brutes, flying brutes, swimming brutes, or brutes with extra attacks. They are much like the same 4e-style stat block leveled up or down and given a level and given an movement quirk or extra senses. 3 versions of the same bears, canines, raptors, and felines.
That being said, there are somethings you can still do. There are lesser used animal families like weasels, hippos, skunks, mongoose, and large lizards that are not heavily used.
hell yes. Exactly as scary as I’d want an ape to be.Made a couple of further tweaks to the furious ape.
1) Rage should give advantage on grapples, but, because of the way creature grapples work, this wasn't automatic. Added text to correct this.
2) With it's strength reduced it didn't qualify for CR3. Rather than reduce it to CR2 I gave it an extra hit dice.
If I was doing a gorilla rather than a chimpanzee I would give it a charge attack. I would probably make it large too. But gorillas aren't psychos like chimps and humans.Should apes be faster? Or have some sort of sprint ability?
I would definitely give it a charge attack (and a charge intimidate maybe). But why make it Larget? A silverback gorilla is not. on average, larger than the largest humans. Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, AKA "The Mountain" is 6'-9" tall and 415+/- lbs. An adult male gorilla is typically 300-500lbs and around 6' tall (Gorilla). They seem squarely Medium to me.If I was doing a gorilla rather than a chimpanzee I would give it a charge attack. I would probably make it large too.
I think a lot of animals should have a sprint ability. Dash on a bonus action works well for that IMOShould apes be faster? Or have some sort of sprint ability?
In general, maybe a lot of ambush and chase predators should have sprinting abilities? Even if it’s just “dash as a bonus action, and ignore difficult terrain while dashing”?
If I was doing a gorilla rather than a chimpanzee I would give it a charge attack. I would probably make it large too. But gorillas aren't psychos like chimps and humans.
According to sources a chimpanzee can run faster than a human, although I suspect it couldn't keep it up for long. Could make it's speed 35 ft, just so the players can't outrun it, or give it a bonus action dash.
Edit. I've both increased it's speed to 35' and given it a "bonus action dash whilst raging". But I won't post Mk 4 just yet.