Wolfwere (5e Creature)

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Medium monstrosity (shapechanger), chaotic evil

Armor Class 13 (natural armor)
Hit Points 71 (11d8 + 22)
Speed 40 ft.

18 (+4) 15 (+2) 15 (+2) 14 (+2) 12 (+1) 16 (+3)

Skills Deception +7, Intimidation +7, Perception +5, Stealth +6
Damage Immunities bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical attacks not made with iron weapons
Condition Immunities charmed
Senses passive Perception 15
Languages Common
Challenge 4 (1,100 XP)

Shapechanger. The wolfwere can use its action to polymorph into a wolf-humanoid hybrid or into a humanoid, or back into its true form, which is a large wolf. Its statistics 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.

Keen Hearing and Smell. The wolfwere has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on hearing or smell.

Pack Tactics. The wolfwere has advantage on attack rolls against a creature if at least one of the wolfwere’s allies is within 5 feet of the creature and the ally isn’t incapacitated.


Multiattack (Humanoid or Hybrid Form Only). The wolfwere makes two attacks: one with its bite and one with its claws or mace, or two attacks with its mace.

Bite (Wolf or Hybrid Form Only). Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 8 (1d8 + 4) piercing damage. If the target is a creature, it must succeed on a DC 13 Strength saving throw or be knocked prone.

Claws (Hybrid Form Only). Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 9 (2d4 + 4) slashing damage.

Mace (Humanoid Form Only). Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (1d6 + 4) bludgeoning damage.

Song of Lethargy (Humanoid Form Only). The wolfwere absent-mindedly strums its instrument. Any creature within 60 feet of it that can hear it, must succeed on a DC 14 Wisdom saving throw or become magically charmed. While charmed in this way, the target can’t use reactions, its speed is halved, and it can’t make more than one attack on its turn. In addition, the target can take either an action or a bonus action on its turn, not both. These effects last for 1 minute. A target can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success. If a creature succeeds on its saving throw or the effect ends for it, the creature is immune to the wolfwere’s Song of Lethargy for 24 hours.

The wolfwere, sometimes also called Reverse Werewolf, is an evil and hateful creature that delights in the brutal slaying of humans and humanoids alike. In many cases, the wolfwere is able to attack its victims with utter surprise because of its ability to assume the shape of a human bard of great charisma.

The wolfwere is able to assume a wide variety of shapes at will. The transformation from one form to another takes only a single round. Its true shape and that in which it prefers to spend the vast majority of its time is that of a large wolf. When in this state, it is almost indistinguishable from a dire wolf.

When a wolfwere is attempting to lure humans or humanoids into an ambush, it will assume the shape of a member of their race. Almost without exception, the new persona will not be of the same gender as the potential victim. Thus, a wolfwere which is stalking a male elf will transform itself into a female elf. In all cases, the newly disguised wolfwere will have charming physical beauty.

The wolfwere is generally fairly solitary in nature. When encountered in the wild, it is rare that more than three of these creatures will be found. In almost all cases, encounters with more than one wolfwere will be with a mated pair or a group which has decided to work together to increase the success of their hunting.

There is a great chance that any encountered wolfwere will be running with a pack of wild wolves. In such cases, the animals will usually be worgs. If they are not worgs, they will be common wolves. In all cases, the influence of the wolfwere will make the creatures far more vicious and evil than they might normally be. Despite their fondness for wolves and worgs, wolfweres hate the company of werewolves. The enmity between these two monsters is so great that they will often attack each other on sight.

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