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How much damage do giants deal with unarmed strikes?

A lot of monsters have attack descriptions that include using their appendages to hit characters and those appendages generally can't be disarmed. However, giants are unique in that they almost always ...
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Is melee attacks' reach always written?

So, a group of mine made this doubt pop up: do huge creatures have reach just because of their size? From what I understand, a creature has reach on a melee attack only if it's written as this one (an ...
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Fall damage from being dropped by a Large creature

Simple question this time. Or maybe not. If I am a Large creature, i.e. over 10 feet tall, I am going to grapple someone and (assuming I succeed) pick them up. If I hold them up to the level of my ...
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Are single swarms of Large size completely shapeable in Pathfinder?

This D&D 3.5 question touches on this subject. Recently in a Pathfinder 1e game, it came to my attention that Paizo removed the second line clarifying that swarms were shapeable 10' creatures. I ...
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Do monstrous scorpions grow in size as they age, and if so at what rate?

The Arms and Equipment Guide lists the purchase price for a monstrous scorpion egg at 1,000 gp and the training cost at 2,000 gp. It also mentions how medium sized creatures require a huge size mount ...
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How can my Beastmaster ranger use its animal companion as a mount?

My player's Beastmaster ranger has a panther companion that he would like to turn into a riding mount. Is there a way to permanently enlarge the panther to horse-size?
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What are the stats and capabilities of an ebony fly figurine of wondrous power?

The description for an ebony fly figurine of wondrous power reads (in part): When animated, an ebony fly is the size of a pony and has all the statistics of a pegasus but can make no attacks.... I'm ...
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Can a Large creature enter the extradimensional space created by the Rope Trick spell?

The spell Rope Trick contains the following language: The space can hold as many as eight Medium or smaller creatures. We used to think this means Large creatures can not enter the space. However, ...
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Does the Crusher feat not make sense for a Small character?

I'd been planning to take the Crusher feat for a Small melee-focused Battle Smith artificer who had already taken the Gift of the Gem Dragon feat. However, I then noticed the size limitation on the ...
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How far does Ice Knife Spread on a large creature

The spell ice knife states: You create a shard of ice and fling it at one creature within range. Make a ranged spell attack against the target. On a hit, the target takes 1d10 piercing damage. Hit or ...
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Is this Half-Ogre race balanced?

None of the race options published so far is Large, not even the Centaur, Goliath, or Firbolg. I'd like a Large option, to see how that plays. Half-Ogre When an ogre mates with a human, hobgoblin, ...
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Must a PC (or other creature) be Huge in size to deal the 3d12 damage dice upon a hit with a Huge-sized greataxe as per the oversized-weapon rules?

Must a PC (or other creature) be Huge in size to deal the 3d12 damage dice upon a hit with a Huge-sized greataxe as per the oversized-weapon rules? I believe the oversized-weapon rules are somewhat ...
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What are the benefits for a Harengon to be Small instead of Medium?

The Harengon race in The Wild Beyond the Witchlight, along with many other races says: You are Medium or Small. You choose the size when you select this race. Besides the Squat Nimbleness feat and ...
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Can the Echo Knight's Echo's size dictate what it can grapple?

This question assumes your table rules that the echo of the echo knight can grapple. Purely RAW, I would not ask this. Say you are a medium creature and you want to grapple something gargantuan, like ...
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Does the Bugbears "Sneaky" trait always apply? Fitting into small places when larger than medium

We are playing a homebrew campaign based on the 5e core rulebooks, only allowing monster races (Monsters of the Multiverse). One of my players chose to play a bugbear rune knight. The bugbear states: &...
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Volume of Darkness (spell) interaction with Enlarge creature

If I am enlarged, and subsequently cast darkness on my weapon does the volume that darkness covers expand from my character or only one square that my character occupies? If the latter, how do I keep ...
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What does a creature’s size refer to?

Does it refer to the creature's dimensions or to the area that a creature controls in combat? And if a creature changes in size, does that inherently entail a change in the creature's physical ...
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Does the Rune Knight fighter's Giant’s Might feature affect the character's height?

The Rune Knight fighter gets the Giant's Might feature at 3rd level (TCoE, p. 45), which grants several benefits for 1 minute. One of these benefits causes you to become Large-sized. Does the Giant's ...
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Is there an issue with making a Medium-sized monster use d10 Hit Dice?

I've been a long time DM for Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition, but I'm only now getting a solid grasp of designing monsters and monster encounters. There's a lot of hullabaloo about CR and how ...
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How to tell size category of an object?

Artificers "Magical tinkering" ability says You’ve learned how to invest a spark of magic into mundane objects. To use this ability, you must have thieves’ tools or artisan’s tools in hand. ...
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What are the height (and weight) size ranges for each size category of creature?

Changelings have the ability to change their height and weight, but not so much they change a size category: [...] You can also adjust your height and weight, but not so much that your size changes. [...
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Can the Gravity Fissure spell deal damage twice to a creature of larger than Medium size?

The description of the gravity fissure spell says (EGtW, p. 187): You manifest a ravine of gravitational energy in a line originating from you that is 100 feet long and 5 feet wide. Each creature in ...
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Potential effects of non-standard creature size in combat (purple worm)

My players are about to finish G3 (Hall of the Fire Giant King) and start D1 (Descent into the Depths of the Earth) - note that I am converting these 1e modules to 5e. I am rolling the wandering ...
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Can an Air Elemental's Whirlwind ability hit multiple large targets?

The Air Elemental's Whirlwind ability reads: Each creature in the elemental's space must... Both the Air Elemental and the Minotaurs are large creatures. The Air Elemental's ability Air Form allows ...
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Can a player begin and end its movement inside a swarm's space and not incur an opportunity attack?

Dirk, Hermes, Necryx, Jomil and Sing Lore- avert your eyes, or incur the wrath of Spuggroth the Humbled and Aflame! I'm designing an encounter where the party is trying to confront some foes in the ...
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What bonuses depend on actual size for Form Of The Dragon spells?

The Form Of The Dragon spell (and similar ones) declares that you can choose a smaller size when using a higher level spell (A.K.A. a medium-sized dragon for Form of The Dragon 3 for example). But ...
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Can Large characters squeeze through a 5ft corridor between Walls of Fire?

The rules for Squeezing on page 192 of the PHB state: Squeezing into Smaller Spaces A creature can squeeze through a space that is large enough for a creature one size smaller than it. Thus, a Large ...
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If I allowed a player to play a Large-size character, what advantages and disadvantages would they have compared to a typical character?

My group is interested in playing a campaign in the Theros setting with PCs being a bunch of mythological creatures. The Minotaur and Centaur playable races have the size set as Medium for player ...
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Is there any damage that changes with the size of a creature?

Spells which affect an area (e.g. ice storm) tend to have a set damage regardless of how much of the creature's body is within the affected area. Intuitively (I know this isn't how D&D always ...
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What is the Blue Dragon wing span size compared to other dragons?

This is more of a lore question, but I can't find any information on it in the 5e Monster Manual. Hopefully there is a lore wizard out there who knows something about this. I recently bought some of ...
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What's the best way to resolve a paradox created when a mage shapeshifted into a larger creature enters an antimagic field, but its true form doesn't?

This is based on a situation that's happening in my current campaign, though the example below is simplified to remove unnecessary context. The shapechange spell (Player's Handbook, page 274) only ...
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Alter Size Salient Divine Ability referring to Improving Monsters Size Increases?

The Alter Size Salient Divine Ability states As a free action, the deity can assume any size from Fine to Colossal. The deity also can change the size of up to 100 pounds of objects it touches. If ...
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Are there any size increases that don’t reduce Dexterity?

I have a character who is interested in increasing their size, but relies on Dexterity and so does not want to take penalties to that in the process. Are there any options for doing so? Shapechanging ...
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How do Giant's Might feature and Enlarge/Reduce spell interact?

Rune Knight's Giant's Might states: If you are smaller than Large, you become Large, along with anything you are wearing. (Note: I am linking to the UA because it is freely available and has the ...
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Can an enlarged Broom of Flying carry more weight?

Excerpts from Enlarge Person: This spell causes instant growth of a humanoid creature, doubling its height and multiplying its weight by 8... ...All equipment worn or carried by a creature is ...
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How does the Enlarge/Reduce spell work to enlarge a creature when the target creature is surrounded?

I'm trying to understand how enlarging a creature works when said creature is surrounded. According to the description of the enlarge/reduce spell: If there isn't enough room for the target to double ...
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How does the size scale work? [closed]

What is the size scale and how does it work in D&D 5e? For example, how big would a huge monster be? I've been trying to scale my monsters probably, but I keep finding contradictory information ...
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Can a Rune Knight fighter use the Giant's Might feature to become Large in a 5-foot-wide passage (by "squeezing" as soon as they become Large)?

Rune Knight fighters can grow in size using the Giant's Might feature, whose description states (Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, p. 45; emphasis mine): If you are smaller than Large, you become Large,...
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Does a Rune Knight fighter using the Giant's Might feature get a bonus to their weapon's damage?

The description of the Giant's Might feature for the Rune Knight fighter in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything (p. 45) says that their weapons and armor grow with them, meaning their sword would be large/...
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What happens when a Shapechanged Dragon enters an Antimagic Field inside a narrow space? [duplicate]

A rather simple question: if an Ancient Dragon uses it's Shapechange ability to transform into a medium-sized humanoid, and then has that Shapechange disabled/dispelled inside a narrow tunnel / small ...
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Can a (non-Large) character use the Polymorph spell to become a Huge creature?

I recently looked over the polymorph spell chain for Dungeons & Dragons 3.5e (Alter Self -> Polymorph -> Shapechange) while reading suggestions on forums for what to turn in to with the ...
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What are the rules for the size of weapons?

According to Items and Sizes Small and Medium creatures seem to be able to use Small and Medium weapons interchangeably without any penalty, and they can use Large weapons but they gain the Clumsy 1 ...
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Does the Spike Growth spell inflict cumulative damage on Large (and bigger) creatures?

The description of the spike growth spell says: The ground in a 20-foot radius centered on a point within range twists and sprouts hard spikes and thorns. The area becomes difficult terrain for the ...
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Does a large or larger creature, only partially in darkness, see?

If a large or larger creature is partially in darkness (magic or mundane), can it see out of it? Imagine a 4x4 zone of darkness, a large creature who's by half into the darkness, and the same creature ...
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What minimal space can a creature go through when squeezing?

A sneaky thief wants to infiltrate a building through its chimney. Can she do that? PHB p. 193 "Creature size" says a creature "squeezes" when going through a small space: A ...
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Cape of Wasps on large creatures

How does the spell Cape of Wasps work on a large creature? If i get enlarged while it is active what happens?
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Can a Centaur player character carry a Medium-sized creature?

The Centaur race published in the Mythic Odysseys of Theros and Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica books is considered size Medium. However, due to the Equine Build trait, it counts as one size larger ...
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Does the Monstrous Combat Options rule of breath weapons scaling with creature size apply to PC's?

While discussing build options with a fellow party member (an Alchemist), they mentioned a rule granting breath weapons increased area when the user increases size category. After a bit of searching, ...
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Is a grappling Redcap considered a Large creature while under the effect of Enlarge/Reduce?

The Redcap is a Small creature, but it has an ability called Outsize Strength: While grappling, the redcap is considered to be Medium. The spell enlarge/reduce, when using the enlarge effect, says: ...
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Character size and weapons

Can a Goblin use a Greataxe, or two Battleaxes? How much damage does he do with them? I found a section (CRB p295) about the bulk and price differences of weapons of different sizes, but not about the ...
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