Quick Stats:

  • Ability Score Adjustment: +1 Muscle, +1 Reason, -1 Appearance
  • Class Level Limits: See Racial Level Limits
  • Multi-Class Options: Ranger + any one non-warrior, or Spy + any one non-rogue
  • Height (M/F): 72 in / 68 in +2d10
  • Weight (M/F): 210 lbs / 180 lbs +6d10
  • Aging:
    • Starting: 13 +1d10 years
    • Adult/Middle/Old/Venerable: 14 / 33 / 44 / 65
    • Maximum: 65 +2d10 years
  • Languages:
    • Bonus Languages: Bugbear, Chuklian
    • Recommended Languages: Common
  • Movement: 9
  • Special Abilities:
    • Bugbears infravision enables them to discern gradients of heat within 60 feet in darkness.
    • Bugbears gain hit dice by class and receive 3 bonus hit points at 1st level.
    • Bugbears are large creatures and can carry 50% more than a human of similar strength.
    • Bugbears receive Hunting and Tracking as bonus non-weapon proficiencies.
    • A bugbear can gain a bonus to surprise opponents. The bugbear must not be wearing metal armor and must either be alone, or with a party comprised only of creatures with similar abilities (such as elves or halflings), or 90 feet or more away from his party to gain this bonus. If he fulfills any of these conditions, he imposes a -4 penalty to opponents’ surprise rolls. If a door or other screen must be opened, this penalty is reduced to -2.
  • Special Restrictions:
    • Bugbears take damage as Large creatures.

Background: Bugbears are giant, hairy relatives of goblins. They are large, standing about seven feet tall, with muscular frames and the look of true carnivores. They have light yellow to yellow brown hides, with thick coarse hair that ranges in color from brown to brick red. Bestial eyes of greenish white with red pupils stare out from savage faces. Wedge-shaped ears rise from the top of their heads, and their mouths are full of long sharp fangs.

Bugbears have exceptional sight and hearing, and they move with amazing stealth. They live in caves and underground lairs. Bugbear females are not given the same opportunities and privileges as the males, and a good number of adventurer bugbears are females looking for better lives.

These large humanoids live by plundering and ambush. They sometimes take slaves, and are often cruel and mean-spirited. They are excellent hunters. They eat anything they kill, including humans and humanoids smaller than themselves. Some adventuring bugbears leave their lairs because they cannot stand to eat intelligent creatures.


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