New Dungeons & Dragons Monster Will Put Low Level Players To The Test
Tabletop players are no stranger to the dangers a Dungeons & Dragons monster can pose at any level. A solid GM knows how to balance encounters to suit the party level, but it can be difficult to find a challenge at lower levels that won’t result in a Total Party Kill (TPK). Mike Mearls, Senior manager of the D&D design team and one of the lead designers for Fifth Edition, has created a new build that will offer some terrifying challenges for low-level players.
Mearls is best known for his weekly stream on Twitch called “Mike Mearls Happy Fun Hour,” a place where he provides input on early designs for monsters and subclasses. This week he unveiled a new Dungeons & Dragons monster design that will change the game a bit: the Blazing Skeleton. While the Blazing Skeleton isn’t a new monster in the game, they’ve not yet been featured in Fifth Edition. Here is his new take on an old classic posted on Twitter:
— Mike Mearls (@mikemearls) July 11, 2018
This design hasn’t been playtested or balanced yet, but a quick glance reveals that this is not your ordinary Blazing Skeleton. This new to Fifth Edition Dungeons & Dragons monster is a threat in both ranged and melee combat, dealing fire damage to close combatants and shooting explosive embers that deal considerable splash damage to players a distance off. Of course, this creature can also explode on death, dishing out more damage and increasing the possibility of more Blazing Skeletons respawning in the future.
While this Dungeons & Dragons monster may seem a bit OP for low-level players, it is rated a CR1 monster meaning a party of 4 level 1 characters should be able to survive the encounter. This creature is also particularly weak against bludgeoning damage, making it easy prey for a barbarian, fighter, or monk. Players may find this creature a tough challenge, and while not yet balanced, it could be a fun addition to your next campaign.
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