This particular issue came up a while back when I had a dryad Paladin of mine (long story -- don't ask) reincarnated.
Now, since we weren't really sure on how to resolve it, and it wasn't really significant because she was being 'retired' that session anyway and we re-rolled the reincarnation result...
What would you say the ECL for a brown bear (reincarnation) is?
Now, keep in mind that this is what you'll get out of the deal:
+16 Strength, +2 Dexterity, +4 Constitution, Extra Natural Attacks (Claw/Claw/Bite), 40' movement, Improved Grab, Low-Light Vision, Scent, and a +4 racial bonus on Swim checks, Large size.
My gut feeling told me an ECL of three (or possibly even four) would be about right, but I wanted some other opinions.
I took a look at a site I'd bookmarked a year or so ago (Equivalent Character Level Calculator and Guide -- http://csserver.evansville.edu/~jc84/DD3/Monster_ECL.htm
), and came up with the following approximation.
+1 (One Size Category Larger than Medium or Smaller than Small [+1 per])
+1 (+5 Natural Armour [+0.2 per])
+0.2 (Extra Attacks - Claw/Claw/Bite [+0.2])
+0.2 (Improved Grab)
-0.5 (Equipment Restrictions)
+1.3 (Ability Adjusts [+0.1 per physical, -0.05 per mental])
+0.2 (Str > 20)
+0.2 (+4 racial bonus to Swim [+0.05 per])
This gives us a total of 3.8, which the guide advises rounding down to 3.
Do you feel this is accurate? Are we short-changing the recipient in this manner, or giving him a nice boost in power?