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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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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 Goliaths able to wield large-sized weapons?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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 RAW weirdness would arise from a PC being permanently Tiny?

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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Can a Large creature enter Leomund's Tiny Hut from below? [duplicate]

The other day one of my spellcasters conjured Leomund's tiny hut so his team could sleep in peace: A 10-foot-radius immobile dome of force springs into existence around and above you and remains ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 size category are weapons if brought to life with the “Animate Objects” Spell?

A wizard at my table wants to use weapons (greatswords) for his Animate Objects spell. Do I take the weapons base damage and match it with the table of Animate Objects (2D6 making them Medium), or are ...
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Is there a way to increase a creature's size category twice?

The Enlarge/Reduce spell can make a creature one size category bigger. Considering that two spell effects of the same nature cannot stack at the same place and time (you can't cast two Enlarges on ...
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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 2×2 squares on a grid), what point does their aura's radius start at? For Medium/Small creatures (who take up a 1×1 square on a grid), it radiates from ...
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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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Would continually decreasing your height with Wild Magic Surges eventually make you vanish from existence?

Wild Magic sorcerers (PHB, p. 103-104) have the Wild Magic Surge feature at first level: Starting when you choose this origin at 1st level, your spellcasting can unleash surges of untamed magic. ...

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