[RPG] create a character that’s above the PHB-given height and weight restrictions


Me and a friend are creating barbarian brother characters. I know Goliaths are no longer an option, but are we able to make our characters a bit taller and heavier than the restrictions set in the player's handbook?
Like, could we make 8ft tall, 300lb barbarian brothers?

Best Answer

Goliaths are Normal

The free Elemental Evil Player's Companion has Goliath race specifications (pages 10-11), as does the book "Volo's Guide to Monsters."

If you want to make Goliaths, you can do so for free. See the first link.

If you want more, see the second link. It costs money, so if you don't want to have to buy a supplement, that's understandable. This race seems to fit what you are looking for:

Size. Goliaths are between 7 and 8 feet tall and weigh between 280 and 340 pounds. Your size is Medium.
Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 2, and your Constitution score increases by 1.
Natural Athlete. You have proficiency in the Athletics skill.

If you are interested in home brew, all you need is the DMG and your imagination. If your desire is to build big barbarians, nothing is stopping you. The key thing to recall when trying out your own creations is that all of the character races are "medium" in size (save gnomes and halflings). Making a PC size "large" moves some of the balance points around, for example damage dice may change.

DMG pages 285-288 covers making new player races.

Note on Adventurer's League character creation: the general rule is "PHB +1" (one other supplement, be it Sword Coast Adventures Guide, Volo's Guide, or one of the other supplements like the Elemental Evil Supplement at the link). You need to work with the GM to ensure that the +1 fits within Adventure League guidelines. (Link is to the AL Player's Guide for the Storm King's Thunder season).

(AL P. G. pages 2-3) You may use all options presented in the Player’s Handbook with regard to race and class, in order to build and advance your character. For example, if you are playing a human, you are allowed to use the Variant Human Traits, as presented on page 31 of the Player’s Handbook. In addition to the Player’s Handbook however, you may also choose to use one other resource from those listed below to build your character.
• Elemental Evil Player’s Companion
• Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide
• Volo’s Guide to Monsters