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The Hobgoblin (and you!)

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It’s been a hot minute since our last update because I’ve been dealing with a very sick pet rabbit, and it’s leaving me absolutely drained.

This comic arose somewhat naturally out of my Red Hand of Doom group (retooled for 5e). Hobgoblins in 3.5 are just kind of mooks. Hit em, they die, that’s it.

Hobgoblins in 5e are nasty bits of business by comparison — see above — and one of them came up behind our ranger for a critical hit that was goddamn near the hypothetical maximum — in the ballpark of 40 damage. I DM with open rolls, so the only reason this wasn’t instant player death was that I said, before rolling, that the hobgoblin was coming behind the ranger to try to knock him out with the pommel of his sword.

And did he ever.

Anyway, yeah, the players got captured. Whoops.


CR in 5e is entirely based on hit points. It’s a problem that feel like plagues a lot of editions of D&D where CR is completely meaningless.

There are monsters that do ability damage with CRs lower than 1.

Yep. Abilities etc are not taken into account at all. I pitted a Wraith of all things against a party and it insta-killed the Monk. What’s more, given the Wraith’s abilities, there’s no “death saving throws” when reduced to 0hp by a Wraith. You *just* die.

It was a rough session.

Similarly, an Intellect Devourer is allegedly CR 2, but can instantly down a party member for basically the remainder of your day. Not in-game day – *your day*, the day of the person playing. Then you just have to hope that the DM takes pity on you and doesn’t let the devourer instantly kill the person and take over their body!

CR is a large problem in 5th Edition; I recommend any DM using a published adventure double-check the actual abilities of the enemies and compare them to those of the party.

Also, note that the AC 18 can be worked around, but only if your spellcasters have spells or cantrips that do damage on a failed save, or otherwise do not require an attack roll. If the DM knows the PCs, the DM can allow for this. But if not…

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