Lycanthrope, Wereowl

Family: Lycanthropes

Medium humanoid (elf, shapechanger), lawful evil

Armor Class 13
Hit Points 117 (18d8 + 36)
Speed 30 ft. (fly 30 ft. in hybrid form, fly 60 ft. in owl form)

15 (+2) 16 (+3) 15 (+2) 10 (+0) 13 (+1) 11 (+0)

Skills Perception +7, Stealth +6
Damage Immunities bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical attacks not made with silvered weapons
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 17
Languages Common (can’t speak in owl form), Giant Owl (can’t speak in humanoid form)
Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)

Special Traits

  • Flyby. The wereowl doesn’t provoke opportunity attacks when it flies out of an enemy’s reach.
  • Keen Hearing and Sight. The wereowl has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on hearing or sight.
  • Shapechanger. The wereowl can use its action to polymorph into an owl-humanoid hybrid or into a giant owl, or back into its true form, which is humanoid. Its statistics, other than its size, are the same in each form. Any equipment it is wearing or carrying isn’t transformed. It reverts to its true form if it dies.
  • Silent Flight (Hybrid or Owl Form Only). The wereowl has advantage on Dexterity (Stealth) checks when it flies.


  • Multiattack. In owl form, the wereowl makes two talon attacks. In humanoid form, it makes three shortbow or shortsword attacks. In hybrid form, it can attack like an owl or a humanoid.
  • Shortsword (Humanoid or Hybrid Form Only). Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d6 + 3) piercing damage.
  • Talon (Hybrid or Owl Form Only). Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 9 (2d6 + 2) slashing damage. If the target is a humanoid, it must succeed on a DC 13 Constitution saving throw or be cursed with wereowl lycanthropy.
  • Shortbow (Humanoid or Hybrid Form Only). Ranged Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, range 80/320 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d6 + 3) piercing damage.


This feathered humanoid has piercing eyes, larger than normal for a humanoid’s head, set around a sharp beak. Wings spread from its arms, and its feet end in wicked talons.

A wereowl is a hybrid creature usually in service to a powerful creature with dominion over flying creatures. The affinity between owls and elves means that most wereowls are elves, rather than the humans typical among other lycanthropes. The wereowl possesses the keen eyesight that is common to owls, as well as the birds’ preternatural ability to fly silently. Its appetite tends toward its avian nature, and it feasts on rodents and other small mammals, usually raw and directly after a successful hunt. Its attitudes toward rodents extends to wererats and rodentlike creatures, such as ratfolk, and it often prefers to attack such creatures to the exclusion of other foes.

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