The ninth day of dice-ember brings us animated snowballs. These constructs are fast when on a roll and can be lethal as larger group as they attempt to grapple, restrain and smother creatures. They are also such tiny creatures so how hard can defeating them actually be?
The Animated Snowball’s tactics are quite simple. Using their psuedopod-like arms they grapple (the reason they were constructed) and aim to bring down and smother their target. Weight of numbers and luck is what they have on their side (as well as being nearly impossible to detect in the snow or amongst an avalanche.)
These creatures will target a party member in groups of 3 or 4. Hoping to grapple and restrain a target and begin to suffocate them. Now suffocation isn’t a super great tactic but it does play mind-games with the player when you tell them that their character is now being suffocated and can not breathe.
I would think that 2-3 per party member would be enough for a difficult encounter at low levels. This is mainly because of the ability to deal with multiple targets per round at lower levels is generally limited to magic or feats such as cleave. The spell slots of low level characters limits the AOE potential whilst cleave requires a non-grappled character to kill a snowball.
Attacking during an avalanche means that these may be able to stealth all the way up to the party. This makes for a nice surprise round where perhaps panic and confusion can come into play.
That’s all for tonight!. Don’t forget to come back this weekend for more content where we look more into the Snowman and Snowball and, as always, don’t forget to roll with advantage,
The Brazen Wolfe