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PnP News Bot
12-11-2007, 06:02 PM
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Check out this new article Wizards of the Coast posted recently:

Design & Development: Elite Bulette (http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/drdd/20071211)

The bulette is back! Check out how this classic D&D monster is updated in 4th Edition, and get a sneak preview of what we mean when we call a monster "elite."

Moritz
12-12-2007, 09:14 AM
They mean it's going to have a silver or gold dragon around it's picture-icon-avatar.

Digital Arcanist
12-12-2007, 11:51 AM
Did you read the battle description Mo? They are making these things pretty wicked. I still don't know why they need to add elite monsters to the mix. I guess they are following the trends of MMO's....

I can't wait until the first Level ??? Humanoid appears!:D

Farcaster
12-12-2007, 01:00 PM
So, are we talking about an elite version of the monster, or all bulettes are elite?

I'm also a little confused about this quote, "Fourth Edition has such elite monsters because you donít always want a straight one-on-one fight -- sometimes a monster should just be bigger, tougher, and scarier than the norm." Can't I do the same thing in 3rd edition by advancing a monster's HD?

InfoStorm
12-12-2007, 01:49 PM
It's Advertising speak. To me it almost sounds like monsters may have a list of optional special abilities that can be added. That rock-shower thing is definately not in the 3x version.

Yea, I currently have fun with advancing critters, using templates, etc is I want something meaner and tougher, but I only do so for "climax battles" and such.

Digital Arcanist
12-12-2007, 10:47 PM
So, are we talking about an elite version of the monster, or all bulettes are elite?

I'm also a little confused about this quote, "Fourth Edition has such elite monsters because you donít always want a straight one-on-one fight -- sometimes a monster should just be bigger, tougher, and scarier than the norm." Can't I do the same thing in 3rd edition by advancing a monster's HD?

Exactly!!!! There are a ton of ways to increase the difficulty of a monster without labeling it "elite."

Farcaster
12-14-2007, 12:41 PM
Well actually, in 3.5, elite does mean something. It would mean that the creature has the elite array of stats, giving it a +4, +4, +2, +2, +0, -2 spread. I've created a number of "advanced elite so-and-so" varieties of monsters. Heck the problem that I always had is that there are so many cool critters to throw at the party and only so much time to do it in. Having a mechanic for advancing and adding templates is a huge help.

And really, who doesn't like facing advanced-elite-paragon beholders every once in a while?