Kassoon

Bear King

Medium fey (shapechanger), lawful neutral
Armor Class 18 (natural armor)
Hit Points 133 (14d8+70)133 ([14d8+70])
Speed 40 ft.
STR
21 (+5)
DEX
10 (+0)
CON
20 (+5)
INT
12 (+1)
WIS
17 (+3)
CHA
16 (+3)

Saving Throws Str +9, Dex +4, Wis +7 Str [+9], Dex [+4], Wis [+7]
Skills Athletics +9, Intimidate +7, Perception +7 Athletics [+9], Intimidate [+7], Perception [+7]
Damage Vulnerabilities
Damage Resistances Cold
Damage Immunities poison; bludgeoning, slashing, and piercing from nonmagical weapons that aren’t made of cold iron
Condition Immunities Poisoned Poisoned
Senses darkvision 60 ft. passive Perception 17darkvision 60 ft. passive Perception 17
Languages Common, Elvish, Giant, Sylvan
Challenge 12 (8,400 XP)

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Alternate Form. As a bonus action, the Bear King can assume the form of a shaggy grizzly bear, or a hybrid of his humanoid and bear forms. In alternate form the Bear King’s size increases
to Large, and he can make bite and claw attacks. He remains in this form until he returns to human form as a bonus action or he falls unconscious or dies.
Keen Smell. The Bear King has advantage on Perception (Wisdom) checks that rely on smell.
Legendary Resistance (3/day). If the Bear King fails a saving throw, he can choose to succeed instead.
Regeneration (Alternate Form only). The Bear King regains 10 hit points at the start of his turn if he has at least 1 hit point.

[b]Alternate Form.[/b] As a bonus action, the Bear King can assume the form of a shaggy grizzly bear, or a hybrid of his humanoid and bear forms. In alternate form the Bear King’s size increases
to Large, and he can make bite and claw attacks. He remains in this form until he returns to human form as a bonus action or he falls unconscious or dies.
[b]Keen Smell.[/b] The Bear King has advantage on Perception (Wisdom) checks that rely on smell.
[b]Legendary Resistance (3/day).[/b] If the Bear King fails a saving throw, he can choose to succeed instead.
[b]Regeneration (Alternate Form only).[/b] The Bear King regains 10 hit points at the start of his turn if he has at least 1 hit point.

Actions

Multiattack. The bear king makes two ranged attacks or two melee attacks. In hybrid or grizzly bear form he can also make one additional bite attack.
Bite (Grizzly or Hybrid Form Only). Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (1d10+5) piercing damage. A target creature other than a construct or undead must make a successful DC 17 Constitution saving throw at the start of each of its turns or lose 10 (3d6) hit points from blood loss. Each time the Bear King hits the wounded creature with this attack, the hit point loss increases by 10 (3d6). A creature can take an action to staunch the bleeding on itself
or an adjacent ally with a successful DC 12 Wisdom (Medicine) check. The bleeding also stops if the creature receives any magical healing.
Claws (Grizzly or Hybrid Form Only). Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 12 (2d6+5) slashing damage.
Maul (Human or Hybrid Form Only). Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 12 (2d6+5) bludgeoning damage. A creature hit by two maul attacks in the same turn must succeed on a DC 17 Strength saving throw or fall prone.
Javelin (Human Form Only). Ranged Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, range 30/60 ft., one target. Hit: 8 (1d6+5) piercing damage.

[b]Multiattack.[/b] The bear king makes two ranged attacks or two melee attacks. In hybrid or grizzly bear form he can also make one additional bite attack.
[b]Bite (Grizzly or Hybrid Form Only).[/b] Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 10 ([1d10+5]) piercing damage. A target creature other than a construct or undead must make a successful DC 17 Constitution saving throw at the start of each of its turns or lose 10 ([3d6]) hit points from blood loss. Each time the Bear King hits the wounded creature with this attack, the hit point loss increases by 10 ([3d6]). A creature can take an action to staunch the bleeding on itself
or an adjacent ally with a successful DC 12 Wisdom (Medicine) check. The bleeding also stops if the creature receives any magical healing.
[b]Claws (Grizzly or Hybrid Form Only).[/b] Melee Weapon Attack: [+9] to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 12 ([2d6+5]) slashing damage.
[b]Maul (Human or Hybrid Form Only).[/b] Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 12 ([2d6+5]) bludgeoning damage. A creature hit by two maul attacks in the same turn must succeed on a DC 17 Strength saving throw or fall prone.
[b]Javelin (Human Form Only).[/b] Ranged Weapon Attack: [+9] to hit, range 30/60 ft., one target. Hit: 8 ([1d6+5]) piercing damage.

Legendary Actions

The Bear King can take 3 legendary actions, choosing from the options below. Only one legendary action option can be used at a time and only at the end of another creature’s turn. The Bear King regains spent legendary actions at the start of his turn.
Melee Attack. The Bear King makes a claw or maul attack.
Honey Toss. The Bear King reaches into the jar he carries at his side and hurls a glob of honey at a target within 30 feet as a ranged weapon attack (+9 to hit). If the attack hits, the creature is restrained (escape DC 17).
Frightful Roar (2 actions). The Bear King lets out a bloodcurdling roar. All creatures within 90 feet who can hear the Bear King must succeed on a DC 15 Wisdom saving throw or

be frightened for 1 minute. A creature that makes its save, or who the effect ends for, is immune to the Frightful Roar for 24 hours. The bear king’s allies are unaffected.

Lair Actions


On initiative count 20 (losing initiative ties), the Bear King takes a lair action to cause one of the following effects; the Bear King can’t use the same effect two rounds in a row:
• The Bear King magically conjures up a swarm of eight giant bees (use giant wasp statistics) to defend his lair. The bees act immediately, and on initiative count 20 in subsequent rounds. The bees remain until they’re killed or until the Bear King dismisses them as an action. The Bear King can use this action again, but no more than eight giant bees can be present
at a time.
• The Bear King targets a creature within the lair that he can see. The creature must succeed on a DC 15 Constitution saving throw or be magically transformed into a brown bear as if by
a polymorph spell. At the beginning of its turn, a transformed creature repeats the saving throw. If it fails, the creature must use its action to attack one of the Bear King’s foes. If it succeeds, the effect ends and the creature returns to its normal form. The effect lasts until the creature succeeds on the saving throw or until the Bear King uses this lair action again.

• The Bear King causes the ground in a 20-foot radius to tremble and shake. Any creatures in the affected area must succeed on a DC 15 Strength saving throw or suffer 7 (2d6) bludgeoning damage and fall prone. The ground continues to tremble until initiative count 20 on the following round, during which time the area is difficult terrain.

Regional Affects


The region surrounding Gloaming Crag is warped by the Bear King’s magic, which creates one or more of the following effects:
• Within 10 miles of the Bear King’s lair, creatures have disadvantage on saving throws made to avoid contracting lycanthropy from a werebear.
• Bees within 10 miles of the Bear King’s lair are easily agitated and quick to attack. Insect swarms (bees or hornets) are common in the area, but they tend to ignore locals.
• Emotions within 5 miles of the Bear King’s lair run high. Arguments quickly descend into physical scuffles and enjoyable get-togethers are likely to become raucous
carousing or even brawls.
If the Bear King dies, conditions in the area surrounding the lair return to normal over the course of 1d6 days.
The Bear King can take 3 legendary actions, choosing from the options below. Only one legendary action option can be used at a time and only at the end of another creature’s turn. The Bear King regains spent legendary actions at the start of his turn.
[b]Melee Attack.[/b] The Bear King makes a claw or maul attack.
[b]Honey Toss.[/b] The Bear King reaches into the jar he carries at his side and hurls a glob of honey at a target within 30 feet as a ranged weapon attack (+9 to hit). If the attack hits, the creature is restrained (escape DC 17).
[b]Frightful Roar (2 actions).[/b] The Bear King lets out a bloodcurdling roar. All creatures within 90 feet who can hear the Bear King must succeed on a DC 15 Wisdom saving throw or
be frightened for 1 minute. A creature that makes its save, or who the effect ends for, is immune to the Frightful Roar for 24 hours. The bear king’s allies are unaffected.

[title]Lair Actions[/title]
On initiative count 20 (losing initiative ties), the Bear King takes a lair action to cause one of the following effects; the Bear King can’t use the same effect two rounds in a row:
• The Bear King magically conjures up a swarm of eight giant bees (use giant wasp statistics) to defend his lair. The bees act immediately, and on initiative count 20 in subsequent rounds. The bees remain until they’re killed or until the Bear King dismisses them as an action. The Bear King can use this action again, but no more than eight giant bees can be present
at a time.
• The Bear King targets a creature within the lair that he can see. The creature must succeed on a DC 15 Constitution saving throw or be magically transformed into a brown bear as if by
a polymorph spell. At the beginning of its turn, a transformed creature repeats the saving throw. If it fails, the creature must use its action to attack one of the Bear King’s foes. If it succeeds, the effect ends and the creature returns to its normal form. The effect lasts until the creature succeeds on the saving throw or until the Bear King uses this lair action again.
• The Bear King causes the ground in a 20-foot radius to tremble and shake. Any creatures in the affected area must succeed on a DC 15 Strength saving throw or suffer 7 ([2d6]) bludgeoning damage and fall prone. The ground continues to tremble until initiative count 20 on the following round, during which time the area is difficult terrain.

[title]Regional Affects[/title]
The region surrounding Gloaming Crag is warped by the Bear King’s magic, which creates one or more of the following effects:
• Within 10 miles of the Bear King’s lair, creatures have disadvantage on saving throws made to avoid contracting lycanthropy from a werebear.
• Bees within 10 miles of the Bear King’s lair are easily agitated and quick to attack. Insect swarms (bees or hornets) are common in the area, but they tend to ignore locals.
• Emotions within 5 miles of the Bear King’s lair run high. Arguments quickly descend into physical scuffles and enjoyable get-togethers are likely to become raucous
carousing or even brawls.
If the Bear King dies, conditions in the area surrounding the lair return to normal over the course of [1d6] days.
 

Details

Dressed in hunting leathers with a thick bearskin cloak around his shoulders, the bearded king sits upon a throne carved from a whole tree trunk. A crown of holly leaves wreathes his head, and a blackened maul rests near his hand. An ornate clay pot filled with honey hangs at his hip at all times.
Mesikammen the Bear King, called “Old Honey Paws,” rules the northern kingdom of Bjeornheim. The Kingdom of the Bear is home to a great population of its namesake. The forests are thick with bears, and werebears are common among its people.
Abuzz with Bees. The country’s chief product and export, thanks to the Bear King’s insatiable appetite for sweets, is honey. The Bear King’s hive-keepers harvest rich, blossom-sweet honey from the hives of giant bees they tend. The land’s brewers use the honey to create the finest mead, and the most potent brews are infused with fey glamour.
The Bear King and his court of bear jarls, witches, and oracles spend most of their time hunting in the hills, feasting, brawling, and drinking mead. Old Honey Paws maintains his rulership over this court by besting all rivals in a yearly series of challenges.
The challenges are open to anyone, but the Bear King has defeated all comers since he rose to the throne.
Dressed in hunting leathers with a thick bearskin cloak around his shoulders, the bearded king sits upon a throne carved from a whole tree trunk. A crown of holly leaves wreathes his head, and a blackened maul rests near his hand. An ornate clay pot filled with honey hangs at his hip at all times.
Mesikammen the Bear King, called “Old Honey Paws,” rules the northern kingdom of Bjeornheim. The Kingdom of the Bear is home to a great population of its namesake. The forests are thick with bears, and werebears are common among its people.
[b]Abuzz with Bees.[/b] The country’s chief product and export, thanks to the Bear King’s insatiable appetite for sweets, is honey. The Bear King’s hive-keepers harvest rich, blossom-sweet honey from the hives of giant bees they tend. The land’s brewers use the honey to create the finest mead, and the most potent brews are infused with fey glamour.
The Bear King and his court of bear jarls, witches, and oracles spend most of their time hunting in the hills, feasting, brawling, and drinking mead. Old Honey Paws maintains his rulership over this court by besting all rivals in a yearly series of challenges.
The challenges are open to anyone, but the Bear King has defeated all comers since he rose to the throne.
 
Source Tome of Beasts p. 186
 
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Monster Statistics by Challenge Rating

CRProf. BonusACHPAttack BonusDamage / RoundSave DC
0+2<131-6<+30-1<13
1/8+2137-35+32-313
l/4+21336-49+34-513
1/2+21350-70+36-813
1+21371-85+39-1413
2+21386-100+315-2013
3+213101-115+421-2613
4+214116-130+527-3214
5+315131-145+633-3815
6+315146-160+639-4415
7+315161-175+645-5015
8+316176-190+751-5616
9+416191-205+757-6216
10+417206-220+763-6816
11+417221-235+869-7417
12+417236-250+875-8017
13+518251-265+881-8618
14+518266-280+887-9218
15+518281-295+893-9818
16+518296-310+999-10418
17+619311-325+10105-11019
18+619326-340+10lll-11619
19+619341-355+10117-12219
20+619356-400+10123-14019
21+719401-445+11141-15820
22+719446-490+11159-17620
23+719491-535+11177-19420
24+719536-580+12195-21221
25+819581-625+12213-23021
26+819626-670+12231-24821
27+819671-715+13249-26622
28+819716-760+13267-28422
29+919761-805+13285-30222
30+919806-850+14303-32023

Damage Severity by Level

LevelSetbackDangerousDeadly
1-41d102d104d10
5-102d104d1010d10
11-164d1010d1018d10
17-2010d1018d1024d10

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