I've had some conflicting information on whether a gargantuan ship from Ghosts of Saltmarsh is suppose to have a 20x20 token or an accurately dimensioned token, when used in ship v ship combat. For me and my players, this is an important distinction for usefulness of certain spells like Fog Cloud, or location aboard the ship.


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Gargantuan is 20 by 20 ft. or larger

In the rules for creature size, there is a table that tells you the dimensions for each size category, and gargantuan says:

20 by 20 ft. or larger

So their actual size is not restricted by their size category, since gargantuan is 20x20 and every size beyond.

It should be noted that the ship rules actually bend this general rule a bit:

Most ships are Large, Huge, or Gargantuan. A ship’s size category is determined by its length or width, whichever is longer. For instance, a ship that is 10 feet long and 20 feet wide would use the size category that has a 20-foot width, which means the ship is Gargantuan.

So a ship’s size category is determined by its longest dimension only.

The ship’s stat block lists its dimensions.

Use the dimensions of the ship listed in the ship’s description. For example, the galley is listed as:

Gargantuan vehicle (130 ft. by 20 ft.)

So a galley token would be 26x4 squares.

  • \$\begingroup\$ What sort of ship is wider than it is long? \$\endgroup\$
    – Dale M
    Commented May 29, 2023 at 4:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ Ive got a follow up question then, if you wouldn't mind. If that is the case, then would creatures follow a similar logic? Like the Purple Worm, its notably longer than it is wide or tall. So should it also be given a token that expresses that fact, or is this more of a rule for vehicles? \$\endgroup\$
    – PapaWuwu
    Commented May 29, 2023 at 7:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ RAW? it is not.... My group however has large, huge, gargantuan etc... creatures take up the space they take up... it is more fun. \$\endgroup\$
    – Questor
    Commented May 30, 2023 at 21:55

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