The description of the Path of the Giant barbarian's Elemental Cleaver feature (from Bigby Presents: Glory of the Giants) says, in part:

Giant Stature: Your reach increases by 5 feet, and if you are smaller than Large, you become Large, along with anything you are wearing.

So here's my question: could this feature work with the Oversized Weapon rule showcased on page 278 of the DMG? I know that this rule is mostly here to provide guidelines for DMs when crafting their own monster statblocks, but it seems that most Large and bigger creatures use these rules for their weapon attacks anyway. What do you guys think?


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The class feature description has everything you need to know.

The feature description for Giant Stature is complete - you don’t have to look elsewhere to learn its effects:

While raging, you gain the following benefits:


Giant Stature. Your reach increases by 5 feet, and if you are smaller than Large, you become Large, along with anything you are wearing. If there isn’t enough room for you to increase your size, your size doesn’t change.

This is everything you need to know to play this character using this feature. You don’t have to look elsewhere to learn how this feature works. Thus, you get no extra damage, since extra damage is not listed as one of "the following benefits".

You don't need the Monster Manual or Dungeon Master's Guide to understand your class features.

The Dungeon Master's Guide contains guidance for the DM can use to create new monster stat blocks:

If you want a full monster stat block, use the following method to create your new monster.

The introduction to the Monster Manual explains all the components of a monster’s stat block. Familiarize yourself with that material before you begin. In the course of creating your monster, if you find yourself unable to make a decision, let the examples in the Monster Manual guide you.

Once you have a monster concept in mind, follow the steps below.

The instructions for creating a monster include the following guidance for bigger monsters, which is where the notion of oversized weapons comes from:

Big monsters typically wield oversized weapons that deal extra dice of damage on a hit. Double the weapon dice if the creature is Large, triple the weapon dice if it’s Huge, and quadruple the weapon dice if it’s Gargantuan. For example, a Huge giant wielding an appropriately sized greataxe deals 3d12 slashing damage (plus its Strength bonus), instead of the normal 1d12.

This is guidance for the DM to use to homebrew a monster. This has nothing to do with player character class features. This section isn't even giving "rules" about anything. This is telling the DM, "If you want to create a monster, here's some help".

For more in-depth commentary on the so called "oversized weapons rule", see my answer to the question, How does the Enlarge/Reduce spell interact with the Oversized Weapons rule when you Enlarge a Medium size creature with a medium weapon to Large size?.

Answer adapted from this answer to the same question about a different class's feature.

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    \$\begingroup\$ +1 If there is one perennial expert on this thing about using large weapons with PCs, it's certainly you. \$\endgroup\$ Sep 27 at 15:36
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    \$\begingroup\$ @NobodytheHobgoblin Yeah, I've answered different versions of this question several times. \$\endgroup\$ Sep 27 at 15:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ So there is no way to gain the damage boost from an Oversized Weapon as a PC in D&D? Not even by looting it from a creature or by making one yourself? \$\endgroup\$
    – Duhl
    Sep 27 at 15:47
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Duhl No, because the oversized weapon rule isn't actually a rule. It is a design principle given as guidance for the DM to build custom monsters. The closest thing to this is the legendary magic item Gurt's Greataxe, which deals 3d12 on a hit or 5d12 if the target is human. But it is a legendary item, and its item description explicitly states what its damage is. \$\endgroup\$ Sep 27 at 15:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ And a good thing, too; it would be deeply unbalanced if players could access it. \$\endgroup\$ Sep 27 at 16:24

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