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Simple Template: Young (CR –1)

Creatures with the young template are immature specimens of the base creature. You can also use this simple template to easily create a smaller variant of a monster. This template cannot be applied to creatures that increase in power through aging or feeding (such as dragons or barghests) or creatures that are Fine-sized.

Quick Rules

+2 to all Dex-based rolls, –2 on all other rolls, –2 hp/HD.

Rebuild Rules

Size decrease by one category; AC reduce natural armor by –2 (minimum +0); Attacks decrease damage dice by 1 step; Ability Scores –4 Strength, –4 Con, +4 size bonus to Dex.

Table: Damage Dice Steps

Find the die to be decreased in the + column then look to the left (-) column to determine reduced die size for determining damage.

For example, a Medium rapier deals 1d6 damage normally. Find 1d6 on the table in the + column then look in the adjacent – column and see that it reduces to 1d4 when it is size Small.

1d2 1d3
1d3 1d4
1d4 1d6
1d6 1d8
1d8 2d6
1d10 2d8
1d12 3d6
2d4 2d6
2d6 3d6
2d8 3d8
2d10 4d8