Need some feedback on a homebrew monster


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The Exchange

trying to come up with a new monster to toss at my players, but the main problem is I absolutely suck at monster creation, so I'll post it's numbers here and maybe someone better at this than me can tell me if I did anything wrong. Thanks in advance.

Veturheim Drake:

Veturheim Drake

Neutral Huge Dragon
Init +2; Senses Darkvision(60ft), low-light, scent; Perception +11

Defenses

AC 21, touch 10, flat-footed 19
HP 38
Fort +9, Ref +6, Will +2
Immune cold, paralysis, sleep

Offense

Spd 50ft, flight(100ft average)
Melee Bite +7(3D6+5), 2 claws(2D6+5)
Space 15ft, Reach 15ft
Special Attacks Breath Weapon(30ft cone, DC 17, 4D6 cold)

Statistics

STR 20, DEX 14, CON 20, INT 4, WIS 12, CHA 8
Base Atk +3; CMB +10; CMD 22
Feats Skill Focus: Perception, Weapon Focus: Bite
Skills Fly +5, Perception +11, Stealth +1


What is the CR supposed to be?

The Exchange

Sorry it's CR is 4ish


The AC is too high. It should be closer to an 17 or 18. The fort save is kind of high also, but only by 1 or 2. The damage is also on par with a CR 7 monster. Huge monsters are not normally CR 4. I would drop the base damage for the bite and claws down to 1d6, and just let him be large. I would also drop the breath weapon to 3d6


the important thing to remember with making a monster specifically for your game is that cr's are only a guide line, knowing your party's strengths and weaknesses is more important. i've had a party of 3 lvl 7's easily take down a cr 12 and then 2 sessions later die to 2 cr 5's. the individual strengths and weaknesses are the important part. If your party is high melee that fight will be fairly easy though definately resource intensive as they'll go through a lot of hp's. your monsters average damage per round is 27 so that's something to keep in mind.

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There's a Monster Statistics by CR table at the back of the Bestiary (pg. 291) that is a good reference when creating monsters. If you follow that guide, you should be fine.

I'm with wraithstrike about dropping the size down to large. For a huge monster, its Dex is fairly high and its Str is pretty low. A CR 4 dragon should have 5 HD or so.

Soulofwolf is absolutely correct as well; if you're tailoring this to your game, keep the party's strengths and weaknesses in mind.

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