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Hoist and Stagger Definitions

According to the PHB (Page 162) a character can lift up to his maximum load over his head. Does this mean that a character with a maximum load of 70 lbs who is already wearing full plate (50 lbs) with ...
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How does variant encumbrance affect monsters like Grells?

I'm running a game with variant encumbrance, and I'm wondering how the monsters would be affected. Obviously, heavily armed and armoured enemies would be hampered, but what about "drug and drag&...
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Does the weight of the grapplee factor into the speed the grappler can drag them? [duplicate]

Does the weight of the grapplee (the one being grappled) factor into the speed the grappler can drag them? Or conversely, is a low strength grappler limited by their dragging/listing capacity when ...
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What does "lift" actually mean?

PHB chapter 7, "Using Ability Scores", mentions that it's possible to "lift" more than one can normally carry: Push, Drag, or Lift. You can push, drag, or lift a weight in pounds ...
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How exactly do backpacks work? [closed]

So I've always assumed that you just add the backpack weight (5 lbs not the carry weight which is 30 lbs) to my cleric that has a carry weight of 255 lbs if my character was carrying nothing but the ...
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How far can a wolf drag a 175 lb human on tundra?

One of my players is arguing that a wolf cannot drag a 175 lb human including gear more than 5 ft when on tundra. How far can they drag them?
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Can you carry someone while levitating?

The levitate spell targets: One creature or loose object of your choice that you can see within range \$[\dots]\$ that weighs up to 500 pounds. If you're airborne from casting levitate on yourself, ...
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Are the Storm Giant's strength scores in the Monster Manual wrong?

The Storm Giant has a STR score of 29. According to the encumbrance rules that means the maximum weight a giant could lift is 435 lb. which really isn't that much. To put it in perspective. The Storm ...
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How does Arcane Armor's removal of Strength requirements apply at a table using the Encumbrance variant?

The Armorer Artificer's Arcane Armor feature says: If the armor normally has a Strength requirement, the arcane armor lacks this requirement for you. This is in reference to the following regarding ...
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Is the clothing listed in your equipment intended to be the clothes you're wearing or extra clothes that you've packed?

Every background provides you with clothes appropriate for your character. Because it's listed as "equipment" and because the Adventuring Gear table provides weights for several types of ...
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Kislevite Kossar encumbrance

We are planning on starting a new campaign of warhammer fantasy roleplay 2, using the encumbrance rules. I wanted to play a Kislevite Kossar, but it turns out that the starting equipment seems way to ...
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How much can a rat drag/carry?

I'm in a campaign where it's just me and my boyfriend, my boyfriend being the DM. He's very literal with D&D rules and has argued that a rat can carry 15lbs. Rats have a strength score of 2. ...
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How much does a sprite familiar's equipment count against its carrying capacity?

Under Lifting and Carrying (PHB 176) it says: Your carrying capacity is your Strength score multiplied by 15. This is the weight (in pounds) that you can carry... You can push, drag, or lift a weight ...
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Can the Mage Hand cantrip drag more weight than it can carry?

I have been watching/listening to Chance's D&D Spellbook, which highlights a potential 'loophole' in that the spell doesn't list how much the hang can drag, say if attached via a rope that weighs ...
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What happens to a character whose load exceeds maximum?

Rules give us 3 value ranges for load: Light, Medium and Heavy. There are respective bonuses/penalties to those loads. I couldn't find any mention of what happens after exceeding heavy load range (...
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How far can you drag a grappled, heavy opponent?

A mostly theoretical rules question. Assume a Medium creature ("Grappler") has grappled another Medium creature ("Heavyweight"). For unimportant reasons, Heavyweight is very heavy- heavier than ...
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Can my paladin's steed carry stuff?

One of the paladin spells is Find Steed, which summons a spirit taking the form of a steed. Can it carry my party's stuff, like a regular animal can?
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Are there any rules for picking up non-hostile creatures?

Grapple rules seem to be geared towards a constant struggle between two or more combatants. But are there any rules around, say, throwing a wounded NPC over your shoulder to bring them to safety, ...
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How does the help action affect lifting capacity?

Let's say there are two PCs, both with 15 Strength. We're using the Variant: Encumbrance rules and there is a body that they want to try carry between them which weights 250 lb. How would I calculate ...
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How can my Kobold carry all his weapons? [duplicate]

Carrying capacity, as defined on page 176 of the PHB is: Carrying Capacity. Your carrying capacity is your Strength score multiplied by 15. This is the weight (in pounds) that you can carry, which ...
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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 Basic Rules 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 about Container Capacity (usually ...
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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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