Heretic of The Seventh Circle
Very very very different beast (pun intended).Remind the Druid that they get access to Polymorph when they reach 7th level....?
Polymorph and wild shape are not the same.
How is that smaller than just allowing owlbears and other very mundane (mechanically) monstrosities as wildshape options?By the time you get polymorph, you can already take the form of a CR 7 Giant Ape, and are one level away from being a CR 8 Tyrannosaurus Rex.
It would seem to me that the absolute smallest rule change available to us to allow it would be to allow Polymorph to handle a CR 3 owlbear.