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First homebrew 5e BBEG and I don’t want to TPK the party

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TL:DR How do I figure out CR of homebrew BBEG and is he OP/UP

I've been playing for a little less than a year and recently started running my own homebrew game as DM. We're only a half dozen sessions in, but I'm having a lot of fun as are the players (so they tell me).

I'm much more of a planner…so I've started looking ahead at some of the big story beats. One of the first is the BBEG who will close out this chapter of the story. He's a conjurer from a northern snow tribe who possessed by the spirit of an ancient evil mage who is looking to pick up where he left off and rule the continent.

I based the NPC on a 5th level druid, but played with the spells a bit. I might try to homebrew a couple that fit with the story a bit more. It will probably be at least a few months in real time before the party meets him. I would love some feedback on him though and both of the people I would ask are my players…so I'm turning to the Internet. 🙂

The biggest question is how do I figure out a CR rating for a homebrew? Is it just find something similar that's already got stats and use that?

Be kind….first reddit post!

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
11 (+0) 11 (+0) 14 (+2) 14 (+2) 17 (+3) 16 (+3)
  • Medium humanoid (human), chaotic evil
  • Armor Class 16 (splint armor)
  • Hit Points 43 (6d6 + 6)
  • Speed 30 ft.
  • Skills Arcana +4, Insight +2, Stealth +4, Persuasion +2
  • Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 14
  • Languages Common, Undercommon, Giant, Orc, Goblin
  • Challenge ? (XP)
  • Spellcasting. Derat is a 5nd-level spellcaster. His spellcasting ability is Wisdom (spell save DC 14, +6 to hit with spell attacks). He knows the following spells:
    • Cantrips (at will): Chill Touch, Frostbite, Primal Savagery
    • 1st level (4 slots): Arms of Hadar, Chaos Bolt, Ray of Sickness, Inflict Wounds
    • 2nd level (3 slots): Blindness/Deafness, Detect Thoughts, Ray of Enfeeblement, Mind Spike
    • 3rd level (2 slots): Animate Dead, Bestow Curse, Hypnotic Pattern
  • Abilities
    • Wildshape (CR ½) – 2 uses per short rest
    • Circle of Spore Druid
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