Critique this Villain: Brigg the Smasher, Bugbear Barbarian


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BRIGG THE SMASHER (CR 7)
XP 3,200
Female bugbear barbarian 5
CE Medium humanoid (goblinoid)
Init +3, Senses darkvision 60 ft., scent; Perception +12

 DEFENSE
AC 20; touch 14, flat-footed 17 (+7 armor, +1 deflection, +3 Dex, +3 natural, -2 rage, -2 reckless abandon)
hp 98 (3d8+5d12+45)
Fort +11, Ref +8, Will +6
Defensive Abilities improved uncanny dodge, trap sense +1

 OFFENSE
Speed 30 ft.
Melee mwk heavy flail +21/+16 (1d10+21/19-20) or
           spiked armor +19/+14 (1d6+14)
Ranged javelin +10/+5 (1d6+10)
Special Attacks rage (8 rounds/day), rage powers (reckless abandon +2, surprise accuracy +2)

 TACTICS
Before Combat Brigg deploys her caltrops and drinks her potions (effects calculated).
During Combat She rages whenever she is in combat, using Power Attack every round. She charges the weakest enemy within range during a surprise round. If drawn into a lengthy fight, she uses surprise accuracy to offset the attack penalty of Power Attack on her second melee strike in a full attack action.
Morale Brigg flees if reduced to 15 or fewer hit points.
Base Statistics
Without potions or raging, her statistics are AC 24; hp 82; Fort +8, Ref +7, Will +3; Melee mwk heavy flail +17/+10 (1d10+15/19-20) or spiked armor +15/+8 (1d6+10); Ranged javelin +10/+5 (1d6+6); Str 22, Con 16; CMB +13; CMD 16

 STATISTICS
Str 30, Dex 16, Con 20, Int 10, Wis 12, Cha 6
Base Atk +7/+2; CMB +17; CMD 20
Feats Furious Focus, Power Attack, Toughness, Weapon Focus (heavy flail)
Skills Climb +9, Intimidate +9, Perception +12, Stealth +15, Swim +9; Racial Modifiers +4 Intimidate, +4 Stealth
Languages Common, Goblin
SQ fast movement, stalker
Combat Gear potion of bull’s strength, potion of resistance, acid flask; Other Gear +1 spiked breastplate, mwk heavy flail, 6 javelins, ring of protection +1, backpack, caltrops, common manacles, hemp rope (50 ft.), waterskin.

 SPECIAL ABILITIES
Improved Uncanny Dodge (Ex)
Brigg cannot be caught flat-footed, nor does she lose her Dex bonus to AC if the attacker is invisible. She still loses her Dex bonus to AC if immobilized or if an opponent successfully uses the feint action against her. She cannot be flanked unless an attacker has at least 9 effective rogue levels.
Stalker (Ex)
Perception and Stealth are always class skills for bugbears.
Trap Sense (Ex)
Brigg gains a +1 bonus on Reflex saves made to avoid traps and a +1 dodge bonus to armor class against attacks made by traps.

 DESCRIPTION
Brigg the Smasher is the principal enforcer of a hobgoblin warband. She answers only to the leader himself, and is given wide latitude to mete out harsh discipline among the ranks. She is especially fond of crushing the bones of her quarry, be they goblins who step out of line or unfortunate adventurers who she ambushes from the shadows. Incapacitated foes are recovered after battle, and their bones are methodically pulverized.

Brigg the Smasher was created using the Heroic NPC Creation rules for a melee combatant, with the base ability scores Str 15, Dex 13, Con 14, Int 10, Wis 12, Cha 8. Base ability scores were modified by reverse engineering the Bestiary entry for bugbear to determine the following racial modifiers: +6 Str, +2 Dex, +2 Con, -2 Cha. Her Strength was increased by 1 at 4 hit dice, and her Dexterity was increased by 1 at 8 hit dice. She has 5 bonus hit points from her favored class (barbarian). Her unmodified skill ranks are: Climb (1 pt), Intimidate (8 pts), Perception (8 pts), Stealth (8 pts), Swim (1 pt). The total cost of her gear is 2,950 gp, which is 500 gp under budget for a 5th Level Heroic NPC. Excluding consumables which are presumably expended during combat, she carries 2,600 gp of salvageable gear which exactly matches the suggested treasure value for a CR 7 encounter.

Please call out and correct any mathematical errors, and feel free to suggest any changes that would better fit the theme.


An alternate stat block may be produced by using the Monster Advancement rules for adding class levels to a monster. With this method, the ability scores in the bugbear Bestiary entry are modified by +4 Str, +2 Dex, +4 Con, +2 Wis, -2 Cha. If these rules are used instead of reverse engineering the bestiary entry to determine and apply racial ability score modifiers to the Heroic NPC ability scores, then Brigg's strength is increased by 1 at 4 hit dice and 8 hit dice to produce the following statistics (including potion and rage effects): AC 19; Ref +7; Ranged javelin +9/+4 (1d6+10); Dex 15, Con 21, Cha 7; CMD 19; Stealth +14.

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