I am new to being a DM and soon will have my first session. Since we are with three players total (me as a DM plus two PC characters) I want to help them out a little. The players are a Dwarf Cleric and a Rogue Halfling (The premade characters of the 5e Starter set)
At first I thought about giving them some more potions/scale the battles but that feels less fun than my other idea. My other idea is creating a wolf companion character.
The party in question is a lvl 1 party. I intent to have this character level with them and have access to barbarian skills like Rage etc. (mostly what would fit a wolf)
I took the basic stats off the default wolf enemy and modified a few things. I increased the intelligence since it is a somewhat more intelligent wolf and it's also a little bit more charismatic.
I will control this wolf for his own actions, but I will allow the players to give commands etc. The end goal is to balance out the party a little bit so they can act more like a party of three (or two and a half)
The sessions will probably be loose regarding the rules (I don't intent to micromanage skills etc) since we just want to have fun of course ;) I intent to take them through Phandelver Mines first, and if it goes well I want to put them straight into the PoTA campaign.
I gave it the following stats:
Class: Basically Barbarian without armor/weapon proficiency
- STR: 13 (+1)
- DEX: 15 (+2)
- CON: 12 (+1)
- INT: 7 (−2)
- WIS: 12 (+1)
- CHA: 8 (-1)
Saving throw proficiencies: Strength, Dexterity
- +4 Acrobatics
- +3 Athletics
- +1 Intimidation
- +3 Perception
- +4 Stealth
- +3 Survival
- Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: (2d4 + 2) piercing damage. If the target is a creature, it must succeed on a DC 11 Strength saving throw or be knocked prone
- Keen Hearing and Smell. The wolf has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on hearing or smell.
I feel as if this thing is either massively overpowered or weak, I am not 100% sure. Does anyone have some tips/guidelines to improve this character?