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Giant is a creature type in Dungeons & Dragons.


Giants are human-like creatures that are larger than humans.[1]

The type includes both true giants, and other creatures such as ogres and and trolls.[1] Some of the creatures in the latter category are called giant-kin.[citation needed]

Publication history[]

Basic D&D[]

Giants were considered part of the humanoid type in AC9 Creature Catalogue (1986). In the Rules Cyclopedia (1991), they became part of a humanoid subtype, giant humanoid. Creatures up to ogre size were considered humanoids, and anything larger than an ogre was a giant humanoid.[2]

D&D 3rd edition[]

The giant type was introduced in the Monster Manual (3.0) (2000) and retained for the Monster Manual (3.5) (2003).

D&D 4th edition[]

The giant type became a keyword in the Monster Manual (4e) (2008). Creatures of any type or origin could be giants, but humanoids were the most common.

D&D 5th edition[]

The giant type returned in the Monster Manual (5e) (2014).

See also[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Monsters (The Hypertext d20 SRD 5E). Retrieved 2020-08-15.
  2. Rules Cyclopedia (1991), p.155-156.