D&D General The Owlbear Druid: How Would You Do It? (A Poll)

The Owlbear Druid: How Would You Do It?

  • I wouldn't. It's against the rules, full stop.

    Votes: 6 4.3%
  • I'd change the druid's Wild Shape ability to allow owlbears.

    Votes: 6 4.3%
  • I'd change the druid's Wild Shape ability to allow all Beasts.

    Votes: 4 2.9%
  • I'd change the druid's Circle of the Moon subclass to allow owlbears.

    Votes: 14 10.1%
  • I'd change the druid's Circle of the Moon subclass to allow all Beasts.

    Votes: 9 6.5%
  • I'd create a whole new druid circle just for owlbears (Circle of the Owlbear)

    Votes: 6 4.3%
  • I'd create a whole new druid circle for all Monstrosities (Circle of Monsters)

    Votes: 21 15.1%
  • I'd change the owlbear's creature type to Beast.

    Votes: 50 36.0%
  • I'd do something else (see my comment)

    Votes: 23 16.5%

DND_Reborn

The High Aldwin
2 or more animals jammed together with no magical powers, no divine/dragon/giant/fey/psionic origin, and beast intelligence is a beast to me.
So, Hippogriffs then are beasts:

2 or more animals? Check! Eagle + Horse
No magical powers? Check!
No divine/dragon/giant/fey/psionic origin? Check!
Beast intelligence? Check! (INT 2)

(FWIW, the are not related to griffons.)

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DND_Reborn

The High Aldwin
Hippogiff's origin is unknown.
It's magical. It might be lost to history, but it is magical. Not divine/dragon/giant/fey/psionic. So, check! :)

This is unlike the owlbear which has a "wizard did it" origin.
As was discussed upthread, this is just one possible origin. The other being it is from the Feywild, which would violate your origin condition since fey is part of that list...
 

TwoSix

Uncomfortably diegetic
So, Hippogriffs then are beasts:

2 or more animals? Check! Eagle + Horse
No magical powers? Check!
No divine/dragon/giant/fey/psionic origin? Check!
Beast intelligence? Check! (INT 2)

(FWIW, the are not related to griffons.)

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I'd definitely consider hippogriffs beasts. Heck, couldn't rangers get them as animal companions in 2e?
 


DND_Reborn

The High Aldwin
But if they are from the fey wild, then owlbears would be fey, right?
Which was why I suggested if they are not monstrosities, they should be fey, while others suggested beasts. 🤷‍♂️

While I am not keen on the idea of a Circle of Monsters, a Circle of Fey would make some sense to me for druids....
 





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