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What size category is a reduced Tarrasque?

The rule for a creature's size is as follows on Monster Manual page 6: $$ \begin{array}{lll} \textbf{Size} & \textbf{Space} & \textbf{Examples} \\ \hline \text{Tiny} & \text{2½ by 2½ ft....
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How big is a dragon?

I know from the Monster Manual "Dragon Age Categories" table on page 86 that a young dragon is "large". Which means that if you play on a battle map, he takes up 2x2 squares, which 10 x 10 feet. What ...
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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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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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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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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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How can my tiny fey (custom race) PC avoid drowning in her potion of healing?

My husband is the DM, and he made a custom race for me — a tiny fey. The only problem is the the size of a Potion of Cure Light Wounds: it would be a bathtub for me, due to being 8 inches tall. We ...
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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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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 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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How should I handle REALLY big creatures in combat?

In Pathfinder, most creatures take up no more than 30' square. However, this size doesn't really do justice to a number of larger creatures, should I want to model them. Being, frankly, exceedingly ...
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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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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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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 size doors can a Giant Ape squeeze its body through?

This question keeps coming up in our groups over and over without a satisfactory conclusion (and frankly quite a few hurt feelings on the part of upset polymorphed players, and the rules lawyers ...
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Do attacks that give the Grappled condition work against creatures more than 1 size larger?

Many creatures, such as the Giant Frog, have attacks that grapple on a hit: Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: [...] Hit: (1d6 + 1) piercing damage. The target is grappled (escape DC 11). Does this ...
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What RAW weirdness would arise from a PC being permanently Tiny? [closed]

Background Every official playable race in D&D, to the best of my knowledge, is either Medium or Small. Even for creatures that should be Large (meaning where the "monster" versions of ...
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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 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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For a Small race using a heavy weapon, does the Enlarge spell remove disadvantage on attacks with it?

The heavy weapon property is described as follows: A heavy weapon’s size and bulk make it too large for a Small creature to use effectively. And in the description of the Enlarge option of the ...
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Is a bigger creature automatically stronger?

I had a discussion with my DM about how to compare the Strength score between two creatures of different sizes. Suppose I have an Orc and a Troll with 20 Strength each, and they engage in some sort ...
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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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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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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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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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How does the eldritch invocation “Repelling blast” affect a bigger creature?

I am currently playing as Melkor, a young warlock who uses his eldritch blast in pretty much every fight. Since Melkor is level 7, he has access to 4 eldritch invocations. One of them is Repelling ...
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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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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 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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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 the Gate spell draw a creature larger that 20 feet in every dimension through the portal it creates?

The gate spell says: When you cast this spell, you can speak the name of a specific creature (a pseudonym, title, or nickname doesn't work). If that creature is on a plane other than the one you ...
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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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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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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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Crushing a creature that is 2 sizes smaller

I was playing a 5 ft, 200lb dwarf, being attacked by 2 stirges (which are labeled Tiny). One was attached to the dwarf at the thigh, one was not. He attacked and killed the one that wasn’t attached ...
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Does the Enlarge spell stack if it is cast multiple times?

Does the enlarge/reduce spell stack if it is cast multiple times? In my campaign my character and party want to know if it is possible to cause our barbarian to become huge in size (two enlarge ...
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How large a snake can a Yuan-Ti Abomination become?

In the Monster Manual (p. 308) it states: The yuan-ti can use its action to polymorph into a Large snake... Can the snake be as large as I want or is there a set size? The description wasn't ...
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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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How does the Powerful Build racial feature affect carrying capacity?

I came across the Powerful Build racial feature, which states: You count as one size larger when determining your carrying capacity and the weight you can push, drag, or lift. I couldn't find any ...
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How can I create a character who can assume the widest possible range of creature sizes?

Just for fun, I want to create a character who can vary from really tiny or smaller to huge or bigger. Which is the bigger/smaller combination to create that "Ant Man" style char? It can: Be from ...
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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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What does Ghosts of Saltmarsh mean by a suit of Medium mithral armor?

The Ghosts of Saltmarsh adventure "Isle of the Abbey" lists the following treasure (GoS, p. 109): a suit of Medium mithral armor (your choice of type) Which of the following interpretations is ...
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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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Can Goliath wield a Medium greatsword in one hand?

Goliaths have Powerful Build racial trait. It allows, among other things, "use weapons designed for a creature one size larger without penalty". So, as I understand, goliath character may fight with ...
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Can a Huge bird (STR 15, <1000 lbs) really fly off with a Gargantuan Brontosaurus (>30000 lbs)?

I am a druid shaped into a Quetzalcoatlus, a Huge flying creature. I see a Brontosaurus and know I can grapple a creature up to one size larger (up to gargantuan). To everyone's surprise, I succeed in ...
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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 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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How does the Small Folk Hobbit virtue work?

In the Adventures in Middle Earth Player's Guide, there's a Hobbit Virtue called Small Folk (p. 109) that reads: You have learnt how to gain an advantage in a fight from being smaller than most ...
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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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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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