Questions about the physical proportions and applicable size categories of creature dimensions.

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Are there any benefits to being a small character?

Small characters face a number of disadvantages. They can't use two-handed weapons, and have to use two hands to wield a versatile weapon DDI. Further disadvantages include: The inability to Grab ...
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Does a gargantuan creature still die if only the feet are ever attacked?

A group of PCs without ranged weapons is facing a gargantuan creature (e.g. Tolkien's Oliphaunts). Obviously, if they don't climb the creature, they can only hit a small and non-lethal part of it ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of allowing a player to play a large creature?

We're playing 4e Thunderspire Labyrinth and we've decided to let the tank play a large (2x2) Minotaur. He has all of the stats from the Minotaur player character in the Players Handbook 3, but he's a ...
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Can flanking become irrelevant due to creature sizes?

As written it seems like there are several holes in the Flanking rules that lead to really weird results. I was hoping that someone could provide insights or ideas on this. The first issue I ran into ...
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Do creatures with inappropriately sized reach weapons threaten different areas?

Specific Examples & Questions Basic Question: Does a grig (MM 235) wielding a Tiny longspear (PH 116, 119) (2 gp 5 sp; 0.9 lbs.) threaten no squares, adjacent squares, or squares 10 ...
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Are there any Large playable races with a LA of +0/+1 and if so where are they?

I know of the half-minotaur that's in a dragon mag somewhere but other than that I have no idea. I've been consulting lists of +0 and +1 LA playable races and templates but they don't seem to mention ...
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Withdraw mechanics for large+ creatures

Which square or squares are considered starting for a large creature trying to withdraw from combat? Can it withdraw from a medium opponent (5' reach) threatening it from the front? What if it is ...
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Does magic armor automatically resize?

I tought I was pretty sure this is not the case, but some discussion has arisen and I'm not so sure anymore. What I know: Most magical objects in the game auto-resize when worn by creatures of ...
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How much does a large monstrous spider weigh?

The first spider shape an Arachnomancer gets will be a small, medium, and large monstrous spider. Let's just talk about large size for the sake of argument. According to a National Geographic ...
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What effect would allowing non-Medium druids to get different wildshape sizes have on balance?

A druid of 5th level can change into a Small or Medium Animal. A Large animal at 8th level. A Tiny animal at 11th level. A Huge animal at 15th level. It makes sense for a Halfling, a human or the ...
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What happens when a large creature stops squeezing in a space that they had to use squeeze to enter?

This is a follow up question relating to What are the advantages and disadvantages of allowing a player to play a large creature? So far, everything for the player playing the large Minotaur has ...
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Anything to ignore weapon damage decrease due to being small?

I joined a recent 3.5e game as a complete newbie to the game system and chose a halfling without realizing they receive a nerf to their damage for being a small creature. I was just curious if ...
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Breaking size limitation for lycanthropy

I'm trying to find any way to get around the whole "you can only choose an animal up to 1 size category different than yourself" rule for Lycanthropes, Shifters who are going Weretouched Master, and ...
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Small character with aspect of bear: can he use a heavy weapon?

If my Halfling barbarian takes totem warrior and at 6th level takes Aspect of the beast: Bear Your carrying Capacity (including maximum load and maximum lift) is doubled, and you have advantage ...
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Are two creatures sharing one square adjacent to each other?

If a Tiny creature (like a Pixie) shares a square with a Medium creature (say human), are they considered adjacent to each other? Adjacent Squares: Two squares are adjacent if a side or a corner ...
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Does a feat's size prerequisite include smaller sizes?

The Player's Handbook on Prerequisites says that Some feats have prerequisites. Your character must have the indicated ability score, class feature, feat, skill, base attack bonus, or other ...
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What damage does a Halfling's Staff Sling deal?

I'm about to play a Halfling in my 1st Pathfinder game and I'm a bit confused about the Halflings Staff Sling. Relevant information Under "Standard Racial Traits" for halflings it states: Size: ...
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Tiny Creatures sharing a square

In earlier editions, they had rules for creatures that were small or smaller and their occupation of the same square. Are there rules for that in 5th edition? Before, I think it was 4 tiny creatures ...
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Are Goliaths able to wield large sized weapons in 5e?

With the new Elemental Evil Player's Companion released awhile ago, Goliaths were added to 5e. I'm unfamiliar with 3.5 and previous editions, but I know that they were included and wielding large ...
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Does creature size affect weapon damage?

I have no idea whether or not this is true in D&D 5e; it was in 3.5 and Pathfinder, but it is not mentioned in the 5e Player's Handbook. For example, in 3.5 and Pathfinder, a halfling's longsword ...
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Do weapons looted from larger than medium creatures retain their damage when wielded by medium sized PCs?

We know, thanks to the DMG, that a creature has disadvantage with a weapon sized larger than itself, but the wording is less clear concerning the damage. My reading is that the increased damage is ...
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What does a D&D 3.5 druid get as a result of size changes during wild shape?

A wild shaping druid will often change size category -- for example, a human druid (medium size category) might change shape into a dog (small size category). The alternate form special ability on ...
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Does the feat Pebble Underfoot allow a creature to trip oversized foes?

The benefit of the feat Pebble Underfoot (which has as its only prerequisite the feat Improved Trip) says When attempting to trip a creature at least two size categories larger than you, you gain ...
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Does a larger creature's size make it easier to hit?

If a creature is a bigger size should I get a higher accuracy, or advantage?
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Is my short-ish human counted as small?

I play a female human rogue, who is 5'2'' and 110 lb. One of my playmates jokingly mentioned how ridiculous it is that she and his character (a dragonborn) are both medium size. I know that the ...
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Can large characters sqeeze through 5' spaces between 2 enemies, or do they do something else?

The PHB doesn't have very much information on Squeezing, and I'm wondering how the rule applies to a creature "squeezing" between two other creatures. Page 192 says: Squeezing into a Smaller ...
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How big a creature can you entangle with entangling breath?

I am looking for rules (which I could not find in manuals) or personal contributions to the question: how big a creature can you entangle with entangling breath? Should it depend on the size of the ...
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What's the shortest Small-size humanoid ever published, so I can Alter Self into one?

I'm looking for the shortest official humanoid creature I can transform into with the second level wizard spell alter self. This excludes taking feats or archetypes to get even shorter, of course. ...
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Does a Tiny creature have size modifiers to its carrying capacity?

DMG 222 is pretty clear that you use one carrying/lifting/dragging calculation for all PCs. Am I missing an exception for Tiny creatures, or are Pixies just that incredibly strong?
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Cleaving large enemies

Are there any clarifications or thoughts on if you can use cleave to get more than 1 attack against a large enemy (say takes up 4 tiles)? The feat says "If you hit (with the first attack) you deal ...
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How does encumbrance interact with Enlarge Person?

According to the Carry Capacity rules, an increase in size of one category grants a x2 multiplier to your carrying capacity, and a decrease in size reduces your capacity by half. When under the ...
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Does the Lesser Beast Totem upscale to 1d8 claw damage for large creatures?

I have a half-giant barbarian (built from the Advanced Races Guide). I've reached 2nd level and have taken the Lesser Beast Totem rage power. I've noticed that the claws only mention scaling down ...
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How can I assume a larger alternate form?

The Weretouched Master prestige class from Eberron Campaign Setting and the Primeval prestige class from Frostburn have a size limit restriction on your alternate form. I'm wondering if there's any ...
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What is the height distribution of elfs?

This question may sound weird, but I could not find a good answer so far. All the sources cite that elfs are "taller than humans", but not how much taller or how much their height varies. Given that ...
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How can I convert a creature's tactical size to real life measurements?

One of the biggest improvements from 3.5 edition to the 4th DnD edition in my opinion is converting everything to game squares. It makes everything simpler, but unfortunately it also makes it more ...
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Two-handed weapons for Trolls

In the Third Edition Player's Guide the most damaging two-handed weapons that a Troll can use are also usable by Humans. Kind of pointless being three times as heavy and half again as tall if you are ...
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Gigantic Steed class ability gives all the benefits of a Huge mount?

As per title, I'm wondering whether the Gigantic Steed ability of the Mammoth Rider grants your mount all the benefits of a size increase, namely +8 Str. In fact, the text of the ability is: A ...
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Do growing effects on creatures (such as Enlarge Person and Righteous Might) stack?

Actually nothing in the rules says anything about this, while anything affecting the size of weapons seems to not stack with other kinds of growing effects. It is mentioned for the Growing weapon ...
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How can I tell a creature occupying more than one square is affected by an area spell?

In our last gaming session our enemies cast a silence spell. The bard had used Alter Self to a change into an Asabi, one of the few large humanoids. Two of his squares were inside the silence spell, ...
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What is the space size of a Colossal Animated Ship?

In Pathfinder I am currently trying to design a few encounters with a supposed ghost ship (actually a Colossal Animated Object) complete with a crew of Haunted Objects (again, Animated Objects), but I ...
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Does a Tiny or smaller creature's charge trigger an attack of opportunity?

A Tiny or smaller creature that enter's an opponent's space, be it for attacking or anything else, usually triggers an attack of opportunity. But I don't think charges usually trigger an attack of ...
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How much does adventuring gear made for very small and very large creatures weigh and cost?

I'm trying to make a full chart of item sizes and I find something is lacking in the Player's Handbook (or I'm just blind). See the following chart: (Excel file here) How much does special-sized ...
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How can a weapon of legacy be resized?

Can a Craft skill check or other mundane or magical means resize a weapon of legacy? For example, the +1 silver Small shortsword Full Moon's Trick, a weapon of legacy, is acquired by a Medium ...
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Can a Half-Giant Soulknife manifest Mind Blades of the Large size category?

Note: I am aware that I am quoting from 3rd party materials, and not core Pathfinder stuff. The Soulknife's ability Form Mind Blade says the following: A soulknife must choose the form of her ...
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Does Enlarge Person stack with Expansion

Do the Psionic Power "Expansion" stack with the Arcane Spell "Enlarge Person"? The Expansion power reads: This power causes instant growth, doubling your height, length, and width and multiplying ...
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Reality to Fiction: Powerfully Built Humans?

Hafþór Björnsson is 6' 9" (2.05 m) and 419 lbs. (190.005 kg). That is a pretty good reason he was cast as The Mountain on Game of Thrones - not to mention he is a very popular Strongman. When we look ...
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Using a weapon made for a creature smaller than yourself, but of your size?

Because of the rules regarding category sizes it is not very handy to use something like a medium-sized longsword as a creature of size category Large or Huge (because of the -2 or -4 modifyer on ...
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How to throw another Player Character

In my current campaign, I play a seventh level (6 without LA) Half Giant Psychic Warrior. Another party member is a seventh level Raptoran Ranger. My Half-Giant has a strength of 27. Would it be ...
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Is there a way to steal a Huge-sized weapon in combat?

Giants, as listed in the MM, are known to wield large weapons. For most of them, this large weapon is the source of their massive damage in melee. I was wondering if there was a way to disarm the ...
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Is an AOE resolved like a normal attack, even against larger creatures?

As I didn't find anything. How does AOE work in D6? I don't mean explosives there but instead some effect like flamethrower or a breath of flames. Is it like a normal attack? OR are there any rules ...