SRD Talk:Megaraptor

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Size Complaints[edit]

Who ever change the animal from huge to large is brain dead large creatures are up to 10 feet long it says its 24 thats a bit over huge but not by too much so it should still be huge. I repeat the person who changed it is brain dead. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Lordspartan4 (talkcontribs) . Please sign your posts!

Almost correct. If you check the glossary of the Monster Manual (pg. 314) you'll notice dimensions are listed as 8-16 feet. However, the asterisk tells you that for quadrupeds the axis measured is nose to tip of tail, and for bipeds it's height. Megaraptors are bipeds, and therefore technically fit in the "large" size category. Feel free to make him huge in your campaign if you want, of course. --Badger 13:30, 18 August 2010 (MDT)
The MM lists Megaraptors as Huge (pg. 60). No errata has been issued to change this and, while the size description (pg. 61) does say that Megaraptors are "about 12 feet tall", the purpose of the SRD is to list the content of the SRD. Unless there is reason to believe a typographic error or simple miscalculation was made with this creature, the content of the page should stand. The modifications for being Huge size are reflected throughout the creature's statistics and it seems unlikely to be the result of such an error. Furthermore, while the Size rules on pg. 314 are a good rule of thumb, the footnote on dimensioning is a generalization, not a rule. You can tell this because 1) there are a lot of creatures in d&d that are neither bipeds nor quadrupeds, 2) there are a number of other creatures who also don't follow this rule, for example, the Gauth, who, whether modeled as a 'biped' or 'quadruped' ought to be no larger than small. Additionally, the way the rules are written, the '12 feet' in the description text would, as a creature specific ability, trump the general size information in the glossary, making the Megaraptor, still Huge, 'big for its size'. Regardless, the official text should still stand. 24.23.201.234 01:12, 12 December 2012 (MST)
An errata to the 3.5e Monster Manual was published in June of 2004, and then updated again in February of 2006 (maybe other times as well, these are the only copies I have). In both of these updates the stat block of the Megaraptor has been corrected to Large (page 3 of the 2006 revision). You can check out the latest errata (2/16/2006 revision) by downloading it from Wizards of the Coast here. As for the Gauth's size, it isn't mentioned in any copy of the Errata I have. I will say that medium creatures are defined as 4-8 feet, and a "4-foot wide orb" would fall in that range, especially if you include the eye stalks in the measurement. --Badger (talk) 13:24, 12 December 2012 (MST)
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