That’s Wild

So, for the sixth year in a row, the top viewed article on this here website (by far) remains The Hidden Potential of Wild Shape, my weird little musings about druids shapeshifting into dinosaurs and swarms of things (even if the official ruling is that isn’t an option). And “by far” I mean by like a thousand or more views! In honor of that, and Albin Leathalvin, “The White Wolf,” my half-elf druid/barbarian from the Ten Towns, I offer the following super-specific wild shape feats:

Beast Speech

Prerequisite: wild shape class feature

When in beast form from wild shape you can speak aloud normally, in any language known to you. This does not allow you to cast spells while in beast form, even spells with only verbal components.

Additionally, you gain the benefits of speak with animals while you are in beast form.

Nature’s Rage

Prerequisite: rage class feature and wild shape class feature

You have learned to combine assuming a beast form with invoking its animalistic fury. You gain the following benefits:

  • You can enter rage and use your wild shape ability as a single bonus action on your turn.
  • If you suffer damage from an attack, you can enter rage and/or use your wild shape ability as your reaction that turn.

Swarm Shape

Prerequisite: wild shape class feature

When using wild shape you can assume the form of a swarm, provided that the swarm’s form does not violate any of the other limits of your wild shape ability, including CR, flying and swimming speeds, and being a type of beast that is known to you. Thus a swarm of rats would be a viable shape at 2nd level (CR 1/4, no flying or swimming speed), a swarm of insects at 4th level (CR 1/2, no flying speed), and a swarm of bats, quippers, ravens, or flying insects at 8th level (flying speed). Transforming into a swarm of poisonous snakes requires the circle forms features (from Circle of the Moon) and at least 6th level, for a CR 2 swarm.