Large Player Characters (5e Variant Rule)

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Large Player Characters[edit]

The races presented in the Player's Handbook are all Small or Medium sized, and the weapons and combat rules presented therein are designed around those sizes. Until official Large-sized player races come out, the following rules can be used to better represent them in combat.

Weapons[edit]

Large-sized creatures can use Large-sized weapons (DMG p. 278). This significantly increases damage output, and might be considered disruptively overpowered for a player character. When using Medium-sized weapons, use the following rules for weapon properties:

  • Large creatures can't wield Hidden and Undersized weapons.
  • Large creatures struggle with Light weapons, and have disadvantage on attack rolls with them.
  • One handed weapons without the "versatile" trait are treated as light weapons for the purpose of qualifying for two weapon fighting.
  • Weapons with the "versatile" trait deal the damage given in parenthesis even if wielded in only one hand.
  • Two-handed melee weapons can be wielded in one hand

Optional Rule: Oversized Weapons[edit]

  • Consider using the homebrew Oversized weapons variant rule.
  • Two-handed melee weapons can be wielded in one hand if it is not also Oversized.

Optional Rule: Unarmed Strikes[edit]

  • A Large creature's unarmed strike might deal 2 bludgeoning damage (instead of 1).

Carrying Capacity[edit]

As noted in the PHB p. 176, Large creatures have double the carrying capacity.

Consumables[edit]

Based on the food and water needs (DMG p. 111), Large creatures require four times as much food and water per day.

Cover[edit]

It should be harder for a Large creature to find cover (PHB p. 196). The DM will adjudicate this, but roughly speaking where a Medium creature would find total cover, a Large creature might only receive three-quarters cover; where a Medium creature finds three-quarters cover, a Large creature might only receive half cover; and where a Medium creature finds half cover, a Large creature might find none.


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