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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