|Movement Speed||12m / 40ft|
|Experience on kill||20|
Owlbears are a type of Beast creature found in Owlbear Nest in Act One as an optional boss fight. Resemble large feathered bears with the head of an owl, they are quick to anger, are extremely strong and seemingly constantly hungry. While highly territorial, it's recent injury from the Cult of the Absolute has left it notably weakened.
Attacks and Abilities[edit | edit source]
Claws[edit | edit source]
Lash out with deadly claws and push the target back Range: 1.5 m / 5 ft.
Attack Roll: +7
Multiattack - Enraged[edit | edit source]
Aim multiple attacks at a target. If the second attack hit, the target is pushed back Range: 1.5 m / 5 ft and knocked Prone.
Attack Roll: +8 (Strength boost from Owlbear's Rage included)
Crushing Flight[edit | edit source]
Leap at a target, possibly knocking it Prone.
Range: 21 m / 69 ft
Owlbear's Rage[edit | edit source]
The owlbear is enraged! Strength increased by 2.
When reduced to half or less Hit Points, an Owlbear will use Owlbear's Rage on its next turn.
Tactics[edit | edit source]
While the Owllbear can not make Critical Hits because of its recent injury, it is still a powerful and dangerous creature. Many of its abilities focus on knocking other Prone, such as with Crushing Flight, allowing it to ensure successful hits. When taken to half health, its rage ability will trigger, increasing its damage further with both it's increased Strength and Multiattack. It will also have the support of the Owlbear Cub, though it is best to ignore it if you plan to recruit it later on for your Camp.
However, because of the injury it has, it is far easier to sneak up on the creature since it has Disadvantage on Perception. If trying a more direct approach, you can use Andrick and Brynna to help in the fight if convienced, who while soft targets to the beast can be useful distractions along with offer useful support. Also using spells, items or weapon abilities that require a Dexterity Saving Throw like Grease, Grease Bottle or Topple are quite effective in slowing down the creature. When it is enraged, it is best to finish the fight quickly before it's multiattack shreds through the group.
Companion Interactions[edit | edit source]
Walking into the nest area withouth Speak with Animals.
- Animal Handling DC 15 - Study the owlbear's behaviour.
- Hold out your palms - you mean no harm. OR Back away slowly.
- Move towards the cub.
- Survival DC 15 - Back away. OR Performance DC 15 - Puff out your chest and roar.
- Inspiration:Outlander +1 +1 -1 +1
Walking into the nest area with Speak with Animals.
- Intimidation DC 10 - "Let me go, or you'll watch your cub die before I finish you." OR Persuasion DC 10 - "Just allow me to leave. I'm no threat to you or your cub."
- Inspiration:Outlander +1 +1 -1 +1
- "You've had your last meal, beast. You and your cub alike." OR Attack OR Step Closer
As long as Animal Handling is not used, the Outlander inspiration Mother's Fury can be gained by making the owlbear to let the adventurers leave peacefully or possibly by killing it.
Notable Loot[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- The Owlbear found in the Owlbear Nest is already damaged by 8 points when it is encountered. This particular Owlbear also has the Distressed condition.
- The Owlbear found in the Owlbear Nest will be killed by goblins after a Long Rest if you enter the cave but don't resolve it yourself.
- In the fifth edition of Dungeons and Dragons, an Owlbear is classed as a Monstrosity, not a Beast. The Owlbear being classified as it currently is in Baldur's Gate 3 is more in line to previous editions, such as fourth and third.
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