[RPG] How to increase survivability in Wild Shape?


My Moon Druid already has multiclassed with Monk gaining Unarmored Defense for AC improvement and Touch of Death from Way of the Long Death for the temp HP. This is still not enough to keep the beast for alive until the end of most encounters.

I know taking more Druid levels instead would have given me access to forms with more HP, but I do not want other beasts, I want my beasts tougher.
Specifically I really like the attack abilities of the Giant Constrictor Snake.

How can I increase the HP or the AC further? Spending the spell slots on healing is very inefficient, and as a Monk I can do better things with the bonus actions.

Best Answer


A number of multiclass options will bulk up your beasts (cons in italics):

  • Raging Grizzly
    • A 1 dip into Barbarian can get you resistance to bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage through the Rage feature
    • Bringing this to level 3 and going Path of the Totem Warrior (bear) will give you even more resistances (all types except psychic) during your rage
    • This require a Strength of 13 and has limited daily uses.
  • Serpent's Hex
    • Picking up 1 level of Warlock (Hexblade) gives you access to Hexblade's Curse which means you can heal after a cursed enemy dies.
    • require 13 Charisma, healing tied to Charisma and warlock levels so it requires heavy investment to pay off


  • Tough as a Rhino's Hide
    • the Tough feat is the only defensive feat that your GM is likely to allow in beast forms (for 2*Level HP). Ask your GM first though.


  • Barding
    • you could invest in armor for your beast forms (see this question and this one though), and you may even be able to get magical versions with GM permission as well.
    • it can be expensive and may be limited on what creatures are eligible for barding depending on your GM
  • Ioun Stones
    • while many magic items are not usable by many beast forms since they don't fit on an aninal body and can't be wielded by hooves, Ioun Stones simply float above your head.
    • The relevant ones are Protection, Insight, and Agility for AC (+1) and Fortitude for HP (+1 per hit die)
    • Agility, Insight, and Fortitude won't work with beast forms that already have exceptionally high ability scores (20)
  • Blessings
    • These alternative rewards give permanent benefits.
    • Blessing of Protection: +1 AC and saves
    • Blessing of Health: +1 Health per hit die
    • Blessing of Understanding: +1 AC via monk's Unarmored Defense
    • Blessing of Magic Resistance: advantage on saves against spells magical effects
    • relies heavily on GM providing the blessing