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Druid: Circle of the Cryptid


Druids of the Circle of the Cryptid are most drawn to those aspects of nature that are hidden and largely unknown. In particular, they seek out lore on the character, habits, and abilities of strange beasts whose existence is attested only by hearsay. Most people view druids of this circle as eccentric, if not outright delusional, but their alternative perspective on the natural world allows them to manifest their power in surprising ways!

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Garrett S October 04, 2022 2:47 am UTC
Hi there! I want to tell you that I absolutely adore this subclass and wanted to give my thanks for making it and also some feedback.

Firstly, I love the way you have made it so that all of a druid's wild shapes can feel unique and interesting. I love the ability to add extra features to a normal beast to give them neat abilities. Becoming an antlered spider-climbing bear would be terrifying and I love it.

Secondly, I love the amount of creatures you can become as a monstrosity, I've always wanted to be a druid who could wild shape into monstrosities, because there are so many good ones that are suitable for it, and your rules give a good variety of interesting ones. However, it is a bit disappointing that we can't turn into a yeti, which is literally the only CR 3 Monstrosity that is actually a real life cryptid.

Lastly, I am sad to say that most of the official fey forms available in the PHB do not qualify for your ability. I believe only Boggles and Fragments (from Tasha's)...See more
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Keith A October 04, 2022 1:17 pm UTC
You make a good point about the yeti. Cutting off Wild Shape at Intelligence 7 was an intentional design decision, though. D&D 5E seems to draw a line between Int 7 and Int 8, with all ordinary beasts having Int 7 or lower (apes and dolphins have Int 6) and Int 8 and above representing humanoid-level sentience. Yetis, with Int 8, are just a little too cognitively advanced to be Wild Shape forms. If yeti were allowed, so would tlincallis and merrows.

Also, the yeth hound (Int 5) is another eligible fey shape, and adventure modules and third-party supplements may offer more.

Thank you for the feedback and the compliment!
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Keith A October 04, 2022 1:30 pm UTC
I should have said "Cutting off Weird Shape," the Circle of the Cryptid feature. Wild Shape is still unlimited by Intelligence. Giant owls and giant eagles remain on the table.
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Keith A February 28, 2023 2:20 pm UTC
Belatedly, I realize that the yeth hound is CR 4 and therefore not eligible after all. Sorry about that.
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