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Beast Master Bestiary


A frog that can heal, a goat that can rage, a literal black widow assassin, a raven that serves the Raven Queen.

These unusual beasts are...classy.

A menagerie of 34 beast stat blocks for use in your game:

  • Beast companions for your beast master ranger, 
  • strange and challenging beast encounters, and
  • party pets.

Inspiration for this product came from two sources: Jeremy Crawford's Twitter account and Dan Dillon through James Haeck's Beast Master article on D&D Beyond.

A few weeks ago, Crawford reiterated that the revised ranger is dead. But he gave some tips for those who want a beast alongside their character. One of those was giving class levels to beasts.

Meanwhile, Dillon loves the beast master archetype, but, when it's time to select a beast companion at 3rd level, he recommends a Challenge Rating 1/4 beast. Sadly, that brings our options down from 43 beasts to just 9.

This work uses Crawford's advice to boost the number of CR 1/4 beast options. I've taken all 34 sub-optimal beasts in the Monster Manual and given them class levels to bring them up to CR 1/4. To do so, I've only used the rules as written from the core rule books. Now you can choose almost any beast—frog, dog, cat, or goat—and not worry about making a bad choice.

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This title was added to our catalog on August 15, 2018.