The SRD states that a Lycanthrope has an LA of either +2 or +3, depending on whether it is afflicted or natural. Aside from that, its ECL is affected by several Racial Hit Dice, depending on what animal it is.

I am currently trying to make either a natural Wereboar or Werebear of ECL 8. This SHOULD be possible, since the wereboar has 3 racial hit dice, LA+3, so ECL 6, which room for 2 class lvls. However, when I fill this in on Heroforge Anew, it says my ECL is 11. Is this a mistake of the program, or am I missing something?


It is possible for a natural wereboar to be ECL 7 character (1 humanoid HD*, 3 animal HD, 3 LA) at minimum. So it fits in your ECL 8 requirement.

As for werebear, as printed, you can't create it at given ECL. It's minimum is ECL 9 (1 humanoid HD*, 6 animal HD, 2 LA) for aflicted or ECL 10 (1 humanoid HD*, 6 animal HD, 3 LA) for natural. But given stats are for were[brown]bear, so you may create were[black]bear yourself (not sure if it is possible in heroforge).

From numbers alone, you should check if you selected Effective Character Level, not Character Level for your werewhatever. It seems programm adds LA over your selected value (8+3=11).
* - This or those HD present regardless of being actual humanoid HD (if your character is lizardfolk werebear, for example) or being replaced with levels in a class (for something like human or elf).

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Could you explain how Wereboar is minimum ECL 7? Because as I see it, it'd just have 3LA, 3 Racial HD, which would bring it to ECL 6 with room for 2 class lvls. \$\endgroup\$ – Arthaban Oct 3 '17 at 9:34
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    \$\begingroup\$ My understanding from the answer is that the natural wearboar is (1 humanoid HD+3 animal (boar) HD + 3LA) = ECL7 \$\endgroup\$ – gaynorvader Oct 3 '17 at 10:08
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Arthaban I've editted explanation in. As gaynorvader has allready stated it is caused by minimum of one humanoid HD, which most probably going to be a level in some class. \$\endgroup\$ – annoying imp Oct 3 '17 at 10:32

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