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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 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 ft. away? ...
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How does increasing in size affect adjacent squares and enemies?

Inspired by this question and effectively asking the opposite question. Assuming play is on a grid, what squares can a creature occupy when it goes from being medium size (1x1) to large size (2x2)? ...
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How to handle a Tiny Player Character in 5e?

Are there any official rules for tiny characters in 5e? I have a player who is wanting to play a Sprite character. I have found what seems to be a balanced race build here, but I can't find any ...
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What happens when you end up sharing an enemy (or friend's) space due to a size change?

The rules are clear about "willingly" ending a move in an occupied square: "Whether a creature is a friend or an enemy, you can’t willingly end your move in its space." But they aren't as clear when ...
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Is there anything that cancels out Small creatures' disadvantage to attack when using Heavy weapons?

A party member in a D&D 5e game I'm in is playing a halfling paladin. It occurred to me (for whatever reason) to ask what weapon they were wielding, and they said their main weapon was a maul, and ...
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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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Is there a lower limit to the size of creature a druid can wild shape into?

In the last few sessions, our druid has been using the tactic of transforming into a spider or other bugs and scouting out entire floors of dungeons by slipping under doors and remaining unseen. Is ...
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Does a size large or larger creature killed by Negative Energy Flood rise as a medium sized zombie?

The spell Negative Energy Flood (XGtE pg. 163) states: A target killed by this damage rises up as a zombie at the start of your next turn. And also, Statistics for the zombie are in the Monster ...
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Can wild magic growth make me a Large creature?

I'm playing a wild magic sorcerer and I've rolled the size-changing effect (grow or shrink 1d10 inches) a few times. I'm 9'3" now, and starting to wonder about my size category. Does growing beyond ...
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What, approximately, is the size of a Tiny creature?

I was wondering what the actual size was of a Tiny creature. Could they fit under doors, through keyholes, or is that too small? For example: could I use an imp familiar to scout an area, by making ...
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How tiny is a Tiny spider?

Monster Manual (page 337) describes the Spider as a Tiny beast. In terms of 5e, "Tiny" means any size from 2 ft. and lower (correct me if I'm wrong). As a DM, how should I describe the size of the ...
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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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Can Medium creatures squeeze into smaller spaces?

Here are the rules for "squeezing" from the SRD (the PHB text is identical; emphasis mine): A creature can squeeze through a space that is large enough for a creature one size smaller than it. Thus,...
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Does an Enlarge/Reduce spell on a druid affect the beast form if the druid Wild-Shapes?

If a druid (multiclassed into sorcerer) casts Enlarge on himself so that he becomes a Large humanoid (approximately twelve feet tall), and he then Wild Shapes in a brown bear, is the brown bear form ...
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What happens when polymorph ends in a demiplane that is too small for the creature?

The Demiplane spell lets you create a permanent room 30 feet in any dimension as a separate plane, which would then be smaller than the Tarrasque. On the other side I may polymorph a Tarrasque into a ...
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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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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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Does the radius of the Spirit Guardians spell depend on the size of the caster?

The spirit guardians spell description states: Spirits float around you up to 15 feet away. Certain other spells like antilife shell state: A barrier extends from you in a 10-foot radius and ...
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Is it possible for a PC to become Huge or larger, in order to try and grapple a Tarrasque?

The way our game is going, it is entirely feasible we may end up fighting a Tarrasque. When it comes to grappling, RAW says the following: The target of your grapple must be no more than one size ...
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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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Can you fly over a Medium enemy creature in a 10ft tall corridor?

Let’s say you, a Medium character, are in a 5ft wide, 10ft tall corridor, and that a Medium enemy creature stands in your way. You wish to go behind the enemy creature using your fly speed (either ...
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Are there any rules or guidelines for large character races?

I'm designing some custom races for my campaign and I'd like to allow large size characters. It seems that large characters are discouraged for some reason and although I'd like to know why what's ...
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If a paladin becomes Large, at what point does the paladin's aura originate?

If you enlarge a paladin (so that they take up 2x2 squares on a grid), what point does their aura's radius start at? For Medium/Small creatures (who take up a 1x1 square on a grid), it radiates from ...
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How large is it possible for a PC to get?

How large is it possible for a PC to get? For clarity, here are my parameters: This is about size categories, not 'feet' or 'inches' or 'meters' or any other precise measurement. This is about ...
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Does enlarging a character with a reach weapon affect his threat range?

In the PHB on page 147 about reach weapons: Reach. This weapon adds 5 feet to your reach when you attack with it, as well as when determining your reach for opportunity attacks with it. In the PHB ...
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What happens to the target of a Reduce spell if they are in a small container when the spell wears off?

Let's say that a Medium-size creature is targeted with the reduce part of the Enlarge/Reduce spell, and therefore reduced to a Small size, before being locked inside a container only just about large ...
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How do I get permanently Large sized?

I am currently an 8 foot tall juggernaut Warforged fighter in D&D 5e. How can I get to the size catagory large permanently (i.e., 9 feet tall)? There are only two ways I have found so far and that ...
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Are there any guidelines in place governing the extent to which magic items can resize to different-sized users?

Are there any guidelines in place governing the extent to which magic items can resize to different-sized users? The description given under "Wearing and Wielding Items" (DMG, p. 140) says: In ...
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If a tiny creature is inside the space of a medium creature, does it gain cover against a second medium creature adjacent to the first one?

I'm the GM in a game, and a player and I have been using a rule for a while now, and suddenly neither of us can remember where we found it. The rough wording of it is something like "If a Tiny or ...
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Can creatures that are larger than Medium use two-handed weapons with one hand?

Do ogres and other Large creatures need to use weapons with the two-handed property with two hands? As far as I can tell, the rule is for player characters, and as there is no playable race that is ...
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What happens to a medium whip's reach when Enlarge/Reduce Person changes its size category?

What happens to a whip when it is under the effects of enlarge person or reduce person? As far as I know whips are the only melee weapon with a range. I am not asking about weapons with reach as ...
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Are there rules for climbing bigger creatures?

Sooner or later, players fighting with creatures significantly larger than them, will try to climb it to attack them from their backs (like Legolas did with Oliphaunt or like Shadow of the Colossus ...
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How can a magical beast's size be increased using spells or magic items?

Are there spells or magic items that work on magical beasts that increase their size? That is, standard undomesticated, or trained magical beasts, not familiars or in any way companions (hence lacking ...
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What special rules apply to tiny or smaller characters/creatures?

Tiny creatures have a number rules exceptions, in addition to their size modifier, space and reach, and encumbrance. I think they get to add their dexterity modifier to some things rather than their ...
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Can small characters really carry that much?

Let's take a gnome for the example. Here is what the PHB 37 says for its size: Size. Gnomes are between 3 and 4 feet tall and average about 40 pounds. Your size is small. The PHB 176 also says the ...
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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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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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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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Is it against RAW to allow an Enlarged/Oversized net to restrain a Huge creature?

A net's rules specify that it has no effect on a Huge (or Gargantuan) creature (probably because the net would be too small to bother such a creature). However, when targeted by the Enlarge effect of ...
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Can forcecage fit creatures whose size category is larger than the cage?

The forcecage spell says that the target(s) must fit entirely within the effect. But Player's Handbook says that size categories aren't an indicator of actual size, just "combat presence". So the ...
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Does Size Affect AC?

I have been playing 3.5 for 6 years now and am trying out 5e. Does size affect AC in 5e? In 3.5 a tiny creature would get a bonus to their AC for being smaller, while a huge creature would get a ...
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Can a gnome/halfling ride another player as a mount?

Same gnome druid as my other question, who does not have legs. There are places that my gnome's mount cannot go, like up cliffs. In these scenarios, could my gnome ride in another player's backpack/on ...
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Could a Huge or bigger creature (bigger than a 10-foot-radius sphere) use Antimagic Field?

Could a Huge or bigger creature use antimagic field? The antimagic field spell description says: Range: Self (10-foot radius sphere) A 10-foot-radius invisible sphere of antimagic surrounds you. [...]...
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Would a Fireball cast by a Pixie/Human/Dragon of the same level have the same power?

In essence this relates to weapon damage from creatures using "identical" weapons: A human's long sword does 1d8 damage, sure, but a storm giant with a proportionally sized long sword shouldn't do ...
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When a druid reverts to their normal form having wild shaped into a Large beast, can they choose which square they occupy?

When a druid reverts to their normal form they appear where their beast shape was. But if their beast shape was Large and their normal form is Medium, can they choose which of the four squares they ...
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Do Tiny-sized Tower Shields provide Total Cover for Huge Creatures?

My group is playing a RAW-only game for fun. The idea is to stick to RAW as closely possible, even if it causes weird problems or wacky interactions in the game world. So, from time to time some ...
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Does a potion of growth stack with the Enlarge spell?

If I drink a potion of growth, and a wizard casts enlarge/reduce on me, do they add together as separate effects to give me 2 size increases, or do they simply override each other and give me the ...
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Where is chart for baseline physical ability scores by size?

I know the question I am asking is akin to flogging a dead horse, yes the question is about size changing and if there is a chart for ability scores based on size. Yes I know there are questions which ...