Giant Beast Template

Viola! A simple template for creating home-brewed “giant” beasts that are statistically in line with those found in the Monster Manual.

Score Change Per Size Increase

Speed(s)ACAvg. HPSTRDEXCONINTWISCHAAtk.Avg. DR
+5+1+21+4+1+2+1+0+1+1+4

In fact, as you can see in the table below, if we use our template to create the giant beasts found in the Monster Manual* and then compare our home-brews with the official versions, we find the average difference in scores to be less than 1 point.

(Absolute) Average Score Difference

Speed(s)ACAvg. HPSTRDEXCONINTWISCHAAtk.Avg. DR
0.30.30.20.30.50.20.30.30.20.40.4

As an example, if we use our template to make the tiny raven (MM, pg. 335) two sizes larger the result is the following medium raven:

Giant Raven (#1)

SizeLSFSACAvg. HPSTRDEXCONINTWISCHAAtk.Avg. DR
Med.2060144310 (0)16 (+3)12 (0)4 (-3)12 (+1)8 (-1)+69

Of course, some adjustment may be necessary. For instance the raven’s average hit points seem a little on the high side. This observation is born out when we compare our scores with the Monster Manual’s five flying giants.**

Monster Manual Flying Giants

LSFSACAvg. HPSTRDEXCONINTWISCHAAtk.Avg. DR
5-1050-8010-1313-2610-1610-1710-151-810-143-103-55-8

However, the excess HP is not actually due to the raven’s flying ability. Closer inspection of the Monster Manual’s giants shows a significant jump in HP and Avg. DR as we move from large to huge.

So, rather than using a single template, we propose two templates, one for large or smaller giant beasts and a second for huge or larger. We will use Template A to grow from tiny through large and switch to Template B to grow from large through gargantuan.

Template A: Score Change Per Size Increase (Tiny-Large)

Speed(s)ACAvg. HPSTRDEXCONINTWISCHAAtk.Avg. DR
+5+0+9+4+1+1+1+0+1+1+3

Templet B: Score Change Per Size Increase (Large-Gargantuan)

Speed(s)ACAvg. HPSTRDEXCONINTWISCHAAtk.Avg. DR
+5+2+65+5+0+3+1+0+1+3+10

Thus, our medium raven (Template A x2) will have the more modest scores shown below.

Giant Raven (#2)

SizeLSFSACAvg. HPSTRDEXCONINTWISCHAAtk.Avg. DR
Med.206012191016104128+67

On the other hand, a huge raven (Template A x3, Template B x1) will have more intimidating scores that are in line with the Monster Manual’s huge giants.

Giant Raven (#3)

SizeLSFSACAvg. HPSTRDEXCONINTWISCHAAtk.Avg. DR
Huge3070149319171461210+1020

Simply apply these two templates to create giant beasts of your own.


* Ape, Badger, Bat, Boar, Constrictor Snake, Crab, Crocodile, Eagle, Elk, Frog, Goat, Hyena, Lizard, Octopus, Owl, Poisonous Snake, Rat, Scorpion, Seahorse, Spider, Vulture & Weasle

** Bat, Eagle, Owl, Vulture & Wasp


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