[RPG] Can a druid choose the size of its Wild Shape beast form


As a Loxodon Druid I plan on "hulking out" into an Elephant using Wild Shape.

The question came up: If I'm in a small corridor and I Wild Shape into an Elephant, can I choose the size of the Elephant to be small enough to fit in the corridor? Is there anything in the rules saying you assume a certain size based on the beast? Not necessary going from huge to tiny, but do I get to choose where on the "huge" scale I end up?

To clarify: I'm not interested in changing from "huge" to "large". If huge is 16-32 height/length* do I get to choose how big within that in that range I end up? Could I shift into a 16ft long elephant with one use and then a 30ft elephant with the next use?

Best Answer

Kind of, with a little wiggle room

I'm assuming your druid is Circle of the Moon since without Circle of the Moon, you are limited to CR 1 wild shapes maximum, per the Beast Shapes table (PHB p. 66):

Level Max. CR Limitations Example
2nd 1/4 No swim or fly speed Wolf
4th 1/2 No fly speed Crocodile
8th 1 Fly or Swim speed ok Giant Eagle

Circle Forms for Circle of the Moon says:

The rites of your circle grant you the ability to transform into more dangerous animal forms. Starting at 2nd level, you can use your Wild Shape to transform into a beast with a challenge rating as high as 1.

Starting at 6th level, you can transform into a beast with a challenge rating as high as your druid level divided by three, rounded down.

A circle of the moon druid can transform into a beast with a CR of 4 (elephant) at level 12 and above.

Wild Shape says you use the stat block of the creature you transform into:

Your game statistics are replaced by the statistics of the beast, but you retain your alignment, personality, and intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma scores.

An elephant is a Huge Beast according to its stat block. So if you turn into an elephant it is always a Huge one. The wiggle room is that you could probably make the elephant vary in size within the range of Huge for flavor, with DM approval, but it will always be huge. This means that you are subject to the restrictions of a Huge creature.