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Carrying Capacity and Spells

So, as I go into detail on the spells I noticed something that I hadn't noticed before. For example, with Fly, it states: The subject of a fly spell can charge but not run, and it cannot carry ...
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Does the weight of a character count against their carrying capacity?

Imagine dwarf Alice (200 pounds) and gnome Bob (40 pounds). Both characters have a Strength score of 10. So, as the PHB says, both of them are able to carry 10 × 15 = 150 pounds. Does it mean that ...
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How does Carrying Capacity work with bonuses? [duplicate]

For example: Bugbear (with Powerful Build) and a class feature similar to that (I do believe a bear totem barbarian can do that) would that give them a carrying capacity of a huge creature? Or just a ...
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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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Do encumbered characters suffer any penalties when exploring and/or traveling?

The current 5e campaign I'm running uses the encumbrance variance rules and demands a lot of travel and resource management on the part of the players. This brought up questions about penalties when ...
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Does the bulk value of items in my backpack count against my limit?

My Pathfinder 2e character has a bulk limit of 7. I've purchased an adventurer's pack, which costs 2 bulk but includes a backpack, which can carry up to 4 bulk. The description of the backpack (Core ...
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Is a Centaur PC considered an animal when calculating carrying capacity for vehicles?

Is a Centaur PC considered an animal when calculating carrying capacity for vehicles? I'm pretty sure I know the answer, but I wanted to double check. Mounts and Vehicles. An animal pulling a ...
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What is the carrying capacity of a large pouch?

What is the carrying capacity of a large pouch, small pouch, backpack and so on? FAQ: Am I actually playing AD&D 1e: yes Have I read the rulebooks: yes
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How fast do dwarves move when encumbered?

OSRIC claims that dwarves move at 90’. I’ve also read the claim that it’s unspecified in AD&D proper. My question is regarding AD&D. Do dwarves (as player characters) move at 90 or 120? If ...
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Can a Giant Wolf Spider climb upside down while being mounted?

Imagine a beastmaster ranger halfling who mounts his giant wolf spider beast. The giant wolf spider has the spider climb feature, which allows them to climb difficult surfaces, including upside down ...
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Can a flying character can use Ant Haul to carry another character?

One of my player is a level 8 Oracle of Flame and she has the revelation Wings of Fire. She is not strong enough to lift someone while flying. She would like to. She plays a Peri Aasimar with a strong ...
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Do the rules for carrying capacity apply to animal companions?

Imagine a Ranger Beast Master with a Hawk animal companion. A player wants their helpful hawk to carry gear for the party. The hawk wears a specially made harness with a pack dangling from it for ...
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How many spears or javelins can a hero reasonably carry unencumbered?

As an example, let's say that the hero is a Half Orc with a strength score of 20. They are wearing Chainmail armor, their main weapon is a two-handed glaive, and on their back they can carry spears or ...
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Faster inventory management [closed]

I have tended to hand-wave weight limits and encumbering rules and focus on fun, but the bulk of random items starts to really build up to ridiculous levels (even with a bag of holding). Doing time-...
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Am I understanding how to calculate a mule's pulling capacity correctly?

Am I understanding how to calculate a mule's pulling capacity correctly? The PHB offers a few bits of information scattered across the chapters, and though I've read answers like this, I'd like to ...
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Do the Boots of Striding and Springing cancel the speed reduction from heavily encumbered characters?

From the description of the boots of striding and springing: your speed isn’t reduced if you are encumbered Two lines from the variant rule on encumbrance (emphasis not mine): encumbered, which ...
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How am I supposed to carry enough stuff to adventure?

Encumbrance in Pathfinder 2 seems to be pretty limiting, and I always seem to run out of Container space long before I run out of Encumbrance space. Backpacks can carry 4 Bulk worth of items, and ...
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How am I supposed to carry enough darts for a long adventure?

While building a character for the Pathfinder 2 (playtest) I came across an interesting conundrum. In order to carry Darts, I need some sort of container to carry them in when I'm not actively about ...
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How many party members can a Giant Eagle carry?

In an online video, Dungeon Dudes state that the Polymorph spell can be used to polymorph a party member into a Giant Eagle which could carry the entire party if the number of party members was low - ...
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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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How much can I hold without any containers? [closed]

How much gear can you hold with out a backpack or any container? If your a fighter and pick leather armor, longbow, twenty arrows, rapier, shield, two handaxe, and an explore's pack. wear the armor ...
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What's the point of quivers?

Quivers weigh one pound and hold twenty arrows. Twenty arrows weigh one pound. What's the point of having a case that weighs the same as what it holds? It won't let you hold more?
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Can two creatures cooperate to carry a third to avoid the speed penalty?

A player and I wanted to carry a third unconscious creature between both (so we could avoid applying the "Push, drag or lift" rules and move 30 feet as normal). As I have 60 pounds left to carry and ...
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Do you still benefit from speed bonuses when pushing/lifting over your carrying capacity?

When pushing/lifting over your normal carrying capacity, your speed (generally from 25 to 35 for a player character) becomes 5 feet. But if you have speed bonuses (such as from the Haste spell, the ...
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Is your “Push, Drag or Lift” weight capacity affected by your carrying gear weight?

I'm currently DMing with the Encumbrance variant, and both my players and I love to add some depth or realistic sense to almost every aspect in the game (that we are able perceive). But, as a matter ...
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How much can an intelligent item with the fly ability carry?

One of the special abilities you can give an intelligent item is the ability to fly: Item can fly, as per the spell, at a speed of 30 feet I've always assumed that intelligent items have no ...
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How much can a raven carry during flight?

I'm in a campaign where our party are spying on and trying to retrieve relics from Thay. I have a raven familiar and I was planning to use it for sending reports back to Waterdeep. (We are only level ...
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Does carrying/dragging a willing/unconscious creature cause half movement as per the grapple rules?

When you carry/drag an unwilling creature that you have grappled, your movement speed is halved. Is the same true when you carry/drag a willing or unconscious creature (ex: move your friend out of ...
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Do PCs have a volumetric carry capacity limit?

In the Player Starting Guide (a summary of the PHB) it says that characters can carry an amount of Strength Value × 15 = weight limit in pounds. But later, in the gear section, there is a table ...
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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 an action or free object interaction to drop a backpack?

In our current campaign we are being asked to track encumbrance, as I think would be sensible in this situation most of the non-battle essential items will either be in or attached to the backpack. ...
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Do multiple sources of counting as one size larger for carrying capacity stack?

I am currently mocking up a Goliath Barbarian, and was wondering if there is a limit to the amount of sources of "You count as if you were one size larger for the purpose of determining your carrying ...
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What does carrying capacity do in combat?

Does a good carrying capacity have benefits in combat, besides how much you can carry? For example, does it give advantage on picking things up or grappling?
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What penalty does a medium load apply to a characters Jump skill?

PCGen is telling me that my PC with a Medium Load suffers a −9 to jump in the "Misc Mod" column. The other DEX based skills have a −3. If I remove the load in PCGen, it completely removes the −9. I ...
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Do clothes count towards encumbrance?

Does a character’s first set of clothes count towards encumbrance (carried weight)? I know they specifically don’t in 3.5, but I can’t find something similar in Pathfinder.
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How does the dwarven Speed trait interact with the variant encumbrance rule?

Dwarves have a special trait, see PHB page 20: Speed. Your base walking speed is 25 feet. Your speed is not reduced by wearing heavy armor. It refers to the Chapter 5, see more information here - ...
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When wildshaping, does the melded gear count against your carry capacity? [duplicate]

When wildshaping as per the druid class ability, does the melded gear count against your carry capacity? e.g. Does a lvl 12 druid with 10 str have the ability to fly as a bat whose str would be 6, ...
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Can my familiar fly with a small person?

The rulebook states that carrying capacity is the strength score times 15 (lbs). Find familiar allows me to get a hawk, which has a strength score of 5. This results in a carrying capacity of 75 lbs. ...
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What is the maximum PC carrying weight?

My fellow purveyors of fine cheese, I require some assistance in importing some expensive aged cheeses from my home lands. While I would normally call on my Barbarian associate to bring my cheeses ...
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Where do PCs store treasure & gold that they are not carrying with them?

I’m looking for any guidance (especially from the rules and handbooks themselves) regarding storing treasure. I understand the encumbrance dynamic and that 50 coins weigh one pound (PHB 143) and all ...
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What function lies behind the logic of lifting capacity?

On p. 11 of the PHB the table for Strength is listed. At first glance, there seems to be a pattern, but on closer scrutiny, there clearly are discrepancies. For the following, I am particularly ...
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Why did D&D 5e's designers make the Maul, Pike, and Greatclub so heavy? [closed]

One anomaly in the weapon tables in D&D 5e is the weight of the Maul, Pike, and Greatclub -- they all go into double digits, which is awful heavy for a melee weapon you're expected to swing around ...
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Do (n)pcs count against the cargo weight of Vehicles?

On page 119 of the DMG is a table of various air/sea craft. What I'd like know is how the wight works out, specifically for the airship, but also for the others. It states that the airship has a ...
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When a creature changes form is its melded equipment still burdensome?

My human PC has been forced to assume magically the form of a typical squirrel, and his gear has melded into this new form. Does this melded equipment still have weight? If it does still have weight, ...
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Does size affect how much weight you can lift?

In OpenD6 there are tables defining how much weight you can lift with the weightlifting skill. I wonder though: is there any info in all of D6 on whether size also affects the max. weight you can lift?...
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Do either Freedom of Movement or Freedom work for difficult terrain and encumbrance?

Do either Freedom or Freedom of Movement allow you to move normally over difficult terrain or prevent being slowed down by encumbrance? Freedom of Movement This spell enables you or a creature you ...
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Does encumbrance include items being held?

So I'm starting a new campaign playing as a Dwarven Runesmith, set in the Warhammer world. The DM has decided to use the Variant rule for carrying capacity: Encumbrance. I think that this is a much ...
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Does armor/encumbrance affect all movement types or just foot speed?

Does wearing armor/encumbrance reduce all types of movement speeds or only your land speed? The armor table only lists for 20 & 30 speeds. The table located in carrying capacity for armor and ...
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Is a dwarf's speed affected by push/pull/drag limits?

In the core rulebook, it states that dwarven speed is never reduced by encumbrance or armor. However, if a character is trying to move something beyond their push/pull/drag limits, as determined by ...
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Is this house rule replacing encumbrance balanced?

My group finds it boring to compute encumbrance. Having to manage dozen of meaning-less items and having to sum up their individual weights is really awkward. We decided to drastically reduce the ...