Rules of the Game
Carrying Things (Part Two)
By Skip Williams

Last week, we covered the basics of carrying capacities and looked at biped carrying capacity. This week, quadrupeds get their turn.

What Is a Quadruped?

Most quadrupeds literally move on four limbs. For purposes of carrying capacity, creatures that literally use their whole bodies to move, such as snakes and fish, also should be treated as quadrupeds. Most creatures of the following types are quadrupeds, or should be treated as such when determining how much they can carry: animals, dragons, magical beasts, oozes, and vermin.


From the page 162 of the Player's Handbook:

Quadrupeds, such as horses, can carry heavier loads than characters can. Instead of the multipliers given above, multiply the value corresponding to the creature's Strength score from Table 9-1 by the appropriate modifier, as follows: Fine x1/4, Diminutive x1/2, Tiny x3/4, Small x1, Medium x1-1/2, Large x3, Huge x6, Gargantuan x12, Colossal x24.

As noted last week, some animals, such as avians, should use biped carrying capacities because of the way they move. Be alert for other exceptions. For example, a wyvern has a basically avian body layout (two legs, two wings) and should use a biped's carrying capacity. Most flying creatures fly on only two wings, but move over land on at least four legs (dragons and many flying vermin, for example). In these cases, it's easiest to use quadruped carrying capacity even when the creature is aloft. (Besides, dragons are famous for their sheer physical power, and many vermin have two pairs of wings.) Many constructs should be treated as quadrupeds when calculating carrying capacity. Some outsiders are quadrupeds, as noted last week. Some aberrations have basically horizontal body layouts (delvers, for example), and should use quadruped carrying capacities.

Fine Quadruped Carrying Capacity
Strength Score Light Load Medium Load Heavy Load
1 12 oz. or less 13 oz.-1 lb. 8 oz. 1 lb. 9 oz.-2 lb. 8 oz.
2 1 lb. 8 oz. or less 1 lb. 9 oz.-3 lb. 4 oz. 3 lb. 5 oz.-5 lb.
3 2 lb. 8 oz. or less 2 lb. 9 oz.-5 lb. 5 lb. 1 oz.-7 lb. 8 oz.
4 3 lb. 4 oz. or less 3 lb. 5 oz.-6 lb. 8 oz. 6 lb. 9 oz.-10 lb.
5 4 lb. or less 4 lb. 1 oz.-8 lb. 4 oz. 8 lb. 5 oz.-12 lb. 8 oz.
6 5 lb. or less 5 lb. 1 oz.-10 lb. 10 lb. 1 oz.-15 lb.
7 5 lb. 12 oz. or less 5 lb. 13 oz.-11 lb. 8 oz. 11 lb. 9 oz.-17 lb. 8 oz.
8 6 lb. 8 oz. or less 6 lb. 9 oz.-13 lb. 4 oz. 13 lb. 5 oz.-20 lb.
9 7 lb. 8 oz. or less 7 lb. 9 oz.-15 lb. 15 lb. 1 oz.-22 lb. 8 oz.
10 8 lb. 4 oz. or less 8 lb. 5 oz.-16 lb. 8 oz. 16 lb. 9 oz.-25 lb.
11 9 lb. 8 oz. or less 9 lb. 9 oz.-19 lb. 19 lb. 1 oz.-28 lb.12 oz.
12 10 lb. 12 oz. or less 10 lb. 13 oz.-21 lbs. 8 oz. 21 lb. 9 oz.-32 lb. 8 oz.
13 12 lb. 8 oz. or less 12 lb. 9 oz.-25 lb. 25 lb. 1 oz.-37 lb. 8 oz.
14 14 lb. 8 oz. or less 14 lb. 9 oz.-29 lb. 29 lb. 1 oz.-43 lb. 12 oz.
15 16 lb. 8 oz. or less 16 lb. 9 oz.-33 lb. 4 oz. 33 lb. 5 oz.-50 lb.
16 19 lb. or less 19 lb. 1 oz.-38 lb. 4 oz. 38 lb. 5 oz.-57 lb. 8 oz.
17 21 lb. 8 oz. or less 21 lb. 9 oz.-43 lb. 4 oz. 43 lb. 5 oz.-65 lb.
18 25 lb. or less 25 lb. 1 oz.-50 lb. 50 lb. 1 oz.-75 lb.
19 29 lb. or less 29 lb. 1 oz.-58 lb. 4 oz. 58 lb. 5 oz.-87 lb. 8 oz.
20 33 lb. 4 oz. or less 33 lb. 5 oz.-66 lb. 8 oz. 66 lb. 9 oz.-100 lb.
21 38 lb. 4 oz. or less 38 lb. 5 oz.-76 lb. 8 oz. 76 lb. 9 oz.-115 lb.
22 43 lb. 4 oz. or less 43 lb. 5 oz.-86 lb. 8 oz. 86 lbs .9 oz.-130 lb.
23 50 lb. or less 50 lb. 1 oz.-100 lb. 100 lb. 1 oz.-150 lb.
24 58 lb. 4 oz. or less 58 lb. 5 oz.-116 lb. 8 oz. 116 lb. 9 oz.-175 lb.
25 66 lb. 8 oz. or less 66 lb. 9 oz.-133 lb. 4 oz. 133 lb. 5 oz.-200 lb.
26 76 lb. 8 oz. or less 76 lb. 9 oz.-153 lb. 4 oz. 153 lb. 5 oz.-230 lb.
27 86 lb. 8 oz. or less 86 lb. 9 oz.-173 lb. 4 oz. 173 lb. 5 oz.-260 lb.
28 100 lb. or less 100 lb. 1 oz.-200 lb. 200 lb. 1 oz.-300 lb.
29 116 lb. 8 oz. or less 116 lb. 9 oz.-233 lb. 4 oz. 233 lb. 5 oz.-350 lb.
30 133 lb. or less 133 lb.1 oz.-266 lb. 266 lb. 1 oz.-400 lb.
Diminutive Quadruped Carrying Capacity
Strength Score Light Load Medium Load Heavy Load
1 1 lb. 8 oz. or less 1 lb. 9 oz-3 lb. 3 lb. 1 oz.-5 lb.
2 3 lb. or less 3 lb. 1 oz.-6 lb. 8 oz. 6 lb. 9 oz.-10 lb.
3 5 lb. or less 5 lb. 1 oz.-10 lb. 10 lb. 1 oz.-15 lb.
4 6 lb. 8 oz. or less 6 lb. 9 oz.-13 lb. 13 lb. 1 oz.-20 lb.
5 8 lb. or less 8 lb. 1 oz.-16 lb. 8 oz. 16 lb. 9 oz.-25 lb.
6 10 lb. or less 10 lb. 1 oz.-20 lb. 20 lb. 1 oz.-30 lb.
7 11 lb. 8 oz. or less 11 lb. 9 oz.-23 lb. 23 lb. 1 oz.-35 lb.
8 13 lb. or less 13 lb. 1 oz.-26 lb. 8 oz. 26 lb. 9 oz. -40 lb.
9 15 lb. or less 15 lb. 1 oz.-30 lb. 30 lb. 1 oz.-45 lb.
10 16 lb. 8 oz. or less 16 lb. 9 oz. -33 lb. 33 lb. 1 oz.-50 lb.
11 19 lb. or less 19 lb. 1 oz.-38 lb. 38 lb. 1 oz.-57 lb. 8 oz.
12 21 lb. 8 oz. or less 21 lb. 9 oz. -43 lb. 43 lb. 1 oz.-65 lb.
13 25 lb. or less 25 lb. 1 oz.-50 lb. 50 lb. 1 oz.-75 lb.
14 29 lb. or less 29 lb. 1 oz.-58 lb. 58 lb. 1 oz.-87 lb. 8 oz.
15 33 lb. or less 33 lb. 1 oz.-66 lb. 8 oz. 66 lb. 9 oz. -100 lb.
16 38 lb. or less 38 lb. 1 oz.-76 lb. 8 oz. 76 lb. 9 oz. -115 lb.
17 43 lb. or less 43 lb. 1 oz.-86 lb. 8 oz. 86 lb. 9 oz. -130 lb.
18 50 lb. or less 50 lb. 1 oz.-100 lb. 100 lb. 1 oz.-150 lb.
19 58 lb. or less 58 lb. 1 oz.-116 lb. 8 oz. 116 lb. 9 oz. -175 lb.
20 66 lb. 8 oz. or less 66 lb. 9 oz.-133 lb. 133 lb. 1 oz.-200 lb.
21 76 lb. 8 oz. or less 76 lb. 9 oz.-153 lb. 153 lb. 1 oz.-230 lb.
22 86 lb. 8 oz. or less 86 lb. 9 oz.-173 lb. 173 lb. 1 oz.-260 lb.
23 100 lb. or less 100 lb. 1 oz.-200 lb. 200 lb. 1 oz.-300 lb.
24 116 lb. 8 oz. or less 116 lb. 9 oz.-233 lb. 233 lb. 1 oz.-350 lb.
25 133 lb. or less 133 lb. 1 oz.-266 lb. 8 oz. 266 lb. 9 oz.-400 lb.
26 153 lb. or less 153 lb. 1 oz.-306 lb. 8 oz. 306 lb. 9 oz.-460 lb.
27 173 lb. or less 173 lb. 1 oz.-346 lb. 8 oz. 346 lb. 9 oz.-520 lb.
28 200 lb. or less 200 lb. 1 oz.-400 lb. 400 lb. 1 oz.-600 lb.
29 233 lb. or less 233 lb. 1 oz.-466 lb. 8 oz. 466 lb. 9 oz. -700 lb.
30 266 lb. or less 266 lb. 1 oz.-532 lb. 532 lb. 1 oz.-800 lb.
Tiny Quadruped Carrying Capacity
Strength Score Light Load Medium Load Heavy Load
1 2 lb. 4 oz. or less 2 lb. 5 oz-4 lb. 8 oz. 4 lb. 9 oz.-7 lb. 8 oz.
2 4 lb. 8 oz. or less 4 lb. 9 oz.-9 lb. 12 oz. 9 lb. 13 oz.-15 lb.
3 7 lb. 8 oz. or less 7 lb. 9 oz.-15 lb. 15 lb. 1 oz.-22 lb. 8 oz.
4 9 lb. 12 oz. or less 9 lb. 13 oz.-19 lb. 8 oz. 19 lb. 9 oz.-30 lb.
5 12 lb. or less 12 lb. 1 oz.-24 lb. 12 oz. 24 lb. 13 oz.-37 lb. 8 oz.
6 15 lb. or less 15 lb. 1 oz.-30 lb. 30 lb. 1 oz.-45 lb.
7 17 lb. 4 oz. or less 17 lb. 5 oz.-34 lb. 8 oz. 34 lb. 9 oz.-52 lb. 8 oz.
8 19 lb. 8 oz. or less 19 lb. 9 oz.-39 lb. 12 oz. 39 lb. 13 oz.-60 lb.
9 22 lb. 8 oz. or less 22 lb. 9 oz.-45 lb. 45 lb. 1 oz.-67 lb. 8 oz.
10 24 lb. 12 oz. or less 24 lb. 13 oz.-49 lb. 8 oz. 49 lb. 9 oz.-75 lb.
11 28 lb. 8 oz. or less 28 lb. 9 oz.-57 lb. 57 lb. 1 oz.-86 lb. 4 oz.
12 32 lb. 4 oz. or less 32 lb. 5 oz.-64 lb. 8 oz. 64 lb. 9 oz.-97 lb. 8 oz.
13 37 lb. 8 oz. or less 37 lb. 9 oz.-75 lb. 75 lb. 1 oz.-112 lb. 8 oz.
14 43 lb. 8 oz. or less 43 lb. 9 oz.-87 lb. 87 lb. 1 oz.-131 lb. 4 oz.
15 49 lb. 8 oz. or less 49 lb. 9 oz.-99 lb. 12 oz. 99 lb. 13 oz.-150 lb.
16 57 lb. or less 57 lb. 1 oz.-114 lb. 12 oz. 114 lb. 13 oz.-172 lb. 8 oz.
17 64 lb. 8 oz. or less 64 lb. 9 oz.-129 lb. 12 oz. 129 lb. 13 oz.-195 lb.
18 75 lb. or less 75 lb. 1 oz.-150 lb. 150 lb. 1 oz.-225 lb.
19 87 lb. or less 87 lb. 1 oz.-174 lb. 12 oz. 174 lb. 13 oz.-262 lb. 8 oz.
20 99 lb. 12 oz. or less 99 lb. 13 oz.-199 lb. 8 oz. 199 lb. 9 oz.-300 lb.
21 114 lb. 12 oz. or less 114 lb. 13 oz.-229 lb. 8 oz. 229 lb. 9 oz.-345 lb.
22 129 lb. 12 oz. or less 129 lb. 13 oz.-259 lb. 8 oz. 259 lb. 9 oz.-390 lb.
23 150 lb. or less 150 lb. 1 oz.-300 lb. 300 lb. 1 oz.-450 lb.
24 174 lb. 12 oz. or less 174 lb. 13 oz.-349 lb. 8 oz. 349 lb. 9 oz.-525 lb.
25 199 lb. 8 oz. or less 199 lb. 9 oz.-399 lb. 12 oz. 399 lb. 13 oz.-600 lb.
26 229 lb. 8 oz. or less 229 lb. 9 oz.-459 lb. 12 oz. 459 lb. 13 oz.-690 lb.
27 259 lb. 8 oz. or less 259 lb. 9 oz.-519 lb. 12 oz. 519 lb. 13 oz.-780 lb.
28 300 lb. or less 300 lb. 1 oz.-600 lb. 600 lb. 1 oz.-900 lb.
29 349 lb. 8 oz. or less 349 lb. 9 oz.-699 lb. 12 oz. 699 lb. 13 oz.-1,050 lb.
30 399 lb. or less 399 lb. 1 oz.-798 lb. 798 lb. 1 oz.-1,200 lb.
Small Quadruped Carrying Capacity
Strength Score Light Load Medium Load Heavy Load
1 3 lb. or less 4 lb.-6 lb. 7 lb.-10 lb.
2 6 lb. or less 7 lb.-13 lb. 14 lb.-20 lb.
3 10 lb. or less 11 lb.-20 lb. 21 lb.-30 lb.
4 13 lb. or less 14 lb.-26 lb. 27 lb.-40 lb.
5 16 lb. or less 17 lb.-33 lb. 34 lb.-50 lb.
6 20 lb. or less 21 lb.-40 lb. 41 lb.-60 lb.
7 23 lb. or less 24 lb.-46 lb. 47 lb.-70 lb.
8 26 lb. or less 27 lb.-53 lb. 54 lb.-80 lb.
9 30 lb. or less 31 lb.-60 lb. 61 lb.-90 lb.
10 33 lb. or less 34 lb.-66 lb. 67 lb.-100 lb.
11 38 lb. or less 39 lb.-76 lb. 77 lb.-115 lb.
12 43 lb. or less 44 lb.-86 lb. 87 lb.-130 lb.
13 50 lb. or less 51 lb.-100 lb. 101 lb.-150 lb.
14 58 lb. or less 59 lb.-116 lb. 117 lb.-175 lb.
15 66 lb. or less 67 lb.-133 lb. 134 lb.-200 lb.
16 76 lb. or less 77 lb.-153 lb. 154 lb.-230 lb.
17 86 lb. or less 87 lb.-173 lb. 174 lb.-260 lb.
18 100 lb. or less 101 lb.-200 lb. 201 lb.-300 lb.
19 116 lb. or less 117 lb.-233 lb. 234 lb.-350 lb.
20 133 lb. or less 134 lb.-266 lb. 267 lb.-400 lb.
21 153 lb. or less 154 lb.-306 lb. 307 lb.-460 lb.
22 173 lb. or less 174 lb.-346 lb. 347 lb.-520 lb.
23 200 lb. or less 201 lb.-400 lb. 401 lb.-600 lb.
24 233 lb. or less 234 lb.-466 lb. 467 lb.-700 lb.
25 266 lb. or less 267 lb.-533 lb. 534 lb.-800 lb.
26 306 lb. or less 307 lb.-613 lb. 614 lb.-920 lb.
27 346 lb. or less 347 lb.-693 lb. 694 lb.-1,040 lb.
28 400 lb. or less 401 lb.-800 lb. 801 lb.-1,200 lb.
29 466 lb. or less 467 lb.-933 lb. 934 lb.-1,400 lb.
30 532 lb. or less 533 lb.-1,064 lb. 1,065 lb.-1,600 lb.
Medium Quadruped Carrying Capacity
Strength Score Light Load Medium Load Heavy Load
1 4 lb. 8 oz. or less 4 lb. 9 oz.-9 lb. 9 lb. 1 oz.-15 lb.
2 9 lb. or less 9 lb. 1 oz.-19 lb. 8 oz. 19 lb. 9 oz.-30 lb.
3 15 lb. or less 15 lb. 1 oz.-30 lb. 30 lb. 1 oz.-45 lb.
4 19 lb. 8 oz. or less 19 lb. 9 oz.-39 lb. 39 lb. 1 oz.-60 lb.
5 24 lb. or less 24 lb. 1 oz.-49 lb. 8 oz. 49 lb. 9 oz.-75 lb.
6 30 lb. or less 30 lb. 1 oz.-60 lb. 60 lb. 1 oz.-90 lb.
7 34 lb. 8 oz. or less 34 lb. 9 oz.-69 lb. 69 lb. 1 oz.-105 lb.
8 39 lb. or less 39 lb. 1 oz.-79 lb. 8 oz. 79 lb. 9 oz.-120 lb.
9 45 lb. or less 45 lb. 1 oz.-90 lb. 90 lb. 1 oz.-135 lb.
10 49 lb. 8 oz. or less 49 lb. 8 oz.-99 lb. 99 lb. 1 oz.-150 lb.
11 57 lb. or less 57 lb. 1 oz.-114 lb. 114 lb.1 oz.-172 lb. 8 oz.
12 64 lb. 8 oz. or less 64 lb. 9 oz.-129 lb. 129 lb. 1 oz.-195 lb.
13 75 lb. or less 75 lb.1 oz.-150 lb. 150 lb. 1 oz.-225 lb.
14 87 lb. or less 87 lb. 1 oz.-174 lb. 174 lb. 1 oz.-262 lb. 8 oz.
15 99 lb. or less 99 lb. 1 oz.-199 lb. 8 oz. 199 lb. 9 oz.-300 lb.
16 114 lb. or less 114 lb. 1 oz.-229 lb. 8 oz. 229 lb. 9 oz.-345 lb.
17 129 lb. or less 129 lb. 1 oz.-259 lb. 8 oz. 259 lb. 9 oz.-390 lb.
18 150 lb. or less 150 lb. 1 oz.-300 lb. 300 lb. 1 oz.-450 lb.
19 174 lb. or less 174 lb. 1 oz.-349 lb. 8 oz. 349 lb. 9 oz.-525 lb.
20 199 lb. 8 oz. or less 199 lb. 9 oz.-399 lb. 399 lb. 1 oz.-600 lb.
21 229 lb. 8 oz. or less 229 lb. 9 oz.-459 lb. 459 lb. 1 oz.-690 lb.
22 259 lb. 8 oz. or less 259 lb. 9 oz.-519 lb. 519 lb. 1 oz.-780 lb.
23 300 lb. or less 300 lb. 1 oz.-600 lb. 600 lb. 1 oz.-900 lb.
24 349 lb. 8 oz. or less 349 lb. 9 oz.-699 lb. 699 lb. 1 oz.-1,050 lb.
25 399 lb. or less 399 lb. 1 oz.-799 lb. 8 oz. 799 lb. 9 oz.-1,200 lb.
26 459 lb. or less 459 lb. 1 oz.-919 lb. 8 oz. 919 lb. 9 oz-1,380 lb.
27 519 lb. or less 519 lb. 1 oz.-1,039 lb. 8 oz. 1039 lb. 9 oz.-1,560 lb.
28 600 lb. or less 600 lb. 1 oz.-1,200 lb. 1,200 lb. 1 oz.-1,800 lb.
29 699 lb. or less 699 lb. 1 oz.-1,399 lb. 8 oz. 1,399 lb. 9 oz.-2,100 lb.
30 798 lb. or less 798 lb. 1 oz.-1,596 lb. 1,596 lb. 1 oz.-2,400 lb.
Large Quadruped Carrying Capacity
Strength Score Light Load Medium Load Heavy Load
1 9 lb. or less 10 lb.-18 lb. 19 lb.-30 lb.
2 18 lb. or less 19 lb.-39 lb. 40 lb.-60 lb.
3 30 lb. or less 31 lb.-60 lb. 61 lb.-90 lb.
4 39 lb. or less 40 lb.-78 lb. 79 lb.-120 lb.
5 48 lb. or less 49 lb.-99 lb. 100 lb.-150 lb.
6 60 lb. or less 61 lb.-120 lb. 121 lb.-180 lb.
7 69 lb. or less 70 lb.-138 lb. 139 lb.-210 lb.
8 78 lb. or less 79 lb.-159 lb. 160 lb.-240 lb.
9 90 lb. or less 91 lb.-180 lb. 181 lb.-270 lb.
10 99 lb. or less 100 lb.-198 lb. 199 lb.-300 lb.
11 114 lb. or less 115 lb.-228 lb. 229 lb.-345 lb.
12 129 lb. or less 130 lb.-258 lb. 259 lb.-390 lb.
13 150 lb. or less 151 lb.-300 lb. 301 lb.-450 lb.
14 174 lb. or less 175 lb.-348 lb. 349 lb.-525 lb.
15 198 lb. or less 199 lb.-399 lb. 400 lb.-600 lb.
16 228 lb. or less 229 lb.-459 lb. 460 lb.-690 lb.
17 258 lb. or less 259 lb.-519 lb. 520 lb.-780 lb.
18 300 lb. or less 301 lb.-600 lb. 601 lb.-900 lb.
19 348 lb. or less 349 lb.-699 lb. 700 lb.-1,050 lb.
20 399 lb. or less 400 lb.-798 lb. 799 lb.-1,200 lb.
21 459 lb. or less 460 lb.-918 lb. 919 lb.-1,380 lb.
22 519 lb. or less 520 lb.-1,038 lb. 1,039 lb.-1,560 lb.
23 600 lb. or less 601 lb.-1,200 lb. 1,201 lb.-1,800 lb.
24 699 lb. or less 700 lb.-1,398 lb. 1,399 lb.-2,100 lb.
25 798 lb. or less 799 lb.-1,599 lb. 1,600 lb.-2,400 lb.
26 918 lb. or less 919 lb.-1,839 lb. 1,840 lb.-2,760 lb.
27 1,038 lb. or less 1,039 lb.-2,079 lb. 2,080 lb.-3,120 lb.
28 1,200 lb. or less 1,201 lb.-2,400 lb. 2,401 lb.-3,600 lb.
29 1,398 lb. or less 1,399 lb.-2,799 lb. 2,800 lb.-4,200 lb.
30 1,596 lb. or less 1,597 lb.-3,192 lb. 3,193 lb.-4,800 lb.
Huge Quadruped Carrying Capacity
Strength Score Light Load Medium Load Heavy Load
1 18 lb. or less 19 lb.-36 lb. 37 lb.-60 lb.
2 36 lb. or less 37 lb.-78 lb. 79 lb.-120 lb.
3 60 lb. or less 61 lb.-120 lb. 121 lb.-180 lb.
4 78 lb. or less 79 lb.-156 lb. 157 lb.-240 lb.
5 96 lb. or less 97 lb.-198 lb. 199 lb.-300 lb.
6 120 lb. or less 121 lb.-240 lb. 241 lb.-360 lb.
7 138 lb. or less 139 lb.-276 lb. 277 lb.-420 lb.
8 156 lb. or less 157 lb.-318 lb. 319 lb.-480 lb.
9 180 lb. or less 181 lb.-360 lb. 361 lb.-540 lb.
10 198 lb. or less 199 lb.-396 lb. 397 lb.-600 lb.
11 228 lb. or less 229 lb.-456 lb. 457 lb.-690 lb.
12 258 lb. or less 259 lb.-516 lb. 517 lb.-780 lb.
13 300 lb. or less 301 lb.-600 lb. 601 lb.-900 lb.
14 348 lb. or less 349 lb.-696 lb. 697 lb.-1,050 lb.
15 396 lb. or less 397 lb.-798 lb. 799 lb.-1,200 lb.
16 456 lb. or less 457 lb.-918 lb. 919 lb.-1,380 lb.
17 516 lb. or less 517 lb.-1,038 lb. 1,039 lb.-1,560 lb.
18 600 lb. or less 601 lb.-1,200 lb. 1,201 lb.-1,800 lb.
19 696 lb. or less 697 lb.-1,398 lb. 1,399 lb.-2,100 lb.
20 798 lb. or less 799 lb.-1,596 lb. 1,597 lb.-2,400 lb.
21 918 lb. or less 919 lb.-1,836 lb. 1,837 lb.-2,760 lb.
22 1,038 lb. or less 1,039 lb.-2,076 lb. 2,077 lb.-3,120 lb.
23 1,200 lb. or less 1,201 lb.-2,400 lb. 2,401 lb.-3,600 lb.
24 1,398 lb. or less 1,399 lb.-2,796 lb. 2,797 lb.-4,200 lb.
25 1,596 lb. or less 1,597 lb.-3,198 lb. 3,199 lb.-4,800 lb.
26 1,836 lb. or less 1,837 lb.-3,678 lb. 3,679 lb.-5,520 lb.
27 2,076 lb. or less 2,077 lb.-4,158 lb. 4,159 lb.-6,240 lb.
28 2,400 lb. or less 2,401 lb.-4,800 lb. 4,801 lb.-7,200 lb.
29 2,796 lb. or less 2,797 lb.-5,598 lb. 5,599 lb.-8,400 lb.
30 3,192 lb. or less 3,193 lb.-6,384 lb. 6,385 lb.-9,600 lb.
Gargantuan Quadruped Carrying Capacity
Strength Score Light Load Medium Load Heavy Load
1 36 lb. or less 37 lb.-72 lb. 73 lb.-120 lb.
2 72 lb. or less 73 lb.-156 lb. 157 lb.-240 lb.
3 120 lb. or less 121 lb.-240 lb. 241 lb.-360 lb.
4 156 lb. or less 157 lb.-312 lb. 313 lb.-480 lb.
5 192 lb. or less 193 lb.-396 lb. 397 lb.-600 lb.
6 240 lb. or less 241 lb.-480 lb. 481 lb.-720 lb.
7 276 lb. or less 277 lb.-552 lb. 553 lb.-840 lb.
8 312 lb. or less 313 lb.-636 lb. 637 lb.-960 lb.
9 360 lb. or less 361 lb.-720 lb. 721 lb.-1,080 lb.
10 396 lb. or less 397 lb.-792 lb. 793 lb.-1,200 lb.
11 456 lb. or less 457 lb.-912 lb. 913 lb.-1,380 lb.
12 516 lb. or less 517 lb.-1,032 lb. 1,033 lb.-1,560 lb.
13 600 lb. or less 601 lb.-1,200 lb. 1,201 lb.-1,800 lb.
14 696 lb. or less 697 lb.-1,392 lb. 1,393 lb.-2,100 lb.
15 792 lb. or less 793 lb.-1,596 lb. 1,597 lb.-2,400 lb.
16 912 lb. or less 913 lb.-1,836 lb. 1,837 lb.-2,760 lb.
17 1,032 lb. or less 1,033 lb.-2,076 lb. 2,077 lb.-3,120 lb.
18 1,200 lb. or less 1,201 lb.-2,400 lb. 2,401 lb.-3,600 lb.
19 1,392 lb. or less 1,393 lb.-2,796 lb. 2,797 lb.-4,200 lb.
20 1,596 lb. or less 1,597 lb.-3,192 lb. 3,193 lb.-4,800 lb.
21 1,836 lb. or less 1,837 lb.-3,672 lb. 3,673 lb.-5,520 lb.
22 2,076 lb. or less 2,077 lb.-4,152 lb. 4,153 lb.-6,240 lb.
23 2,400 lb. or less 2,401 lb.-4,800 lb. 4,801 lb.-7,200 lb.
24 2,796 lb. or less 2,797 lb.-5,592 lb. 5,593 lb.-8,400 lb.
25 3,192 lb. or less 3,193 lb.-6,396 lb. 6,397 lb.-9,600 lb.
26 3,672 lb. or less 3,673 lb.-7,356 lb. 7,357 lb.-11,040 lb.
27 4,152 lb. or less 4,153 lb.-8,316 lb. 8,317 lb.-12,480 lb.
28 4,800 lb. or less 4,801 lb.-9,600 lb. 9,601 lb.-14,400 lb.
29 5,592 lb. or less 5,593 lb.-11,196 lb. 11,197 lb.-16,800 lb.
30 6,384 lb. or less 6,385 lb.-12,768 lb. 12,769 lb.-19,200 lb.
Colossal Quadruped Carrying Capacity
Strength Score Light Load Medium Load Heavy Load
1 72 lb. or less 73 lb.-144 lb. 145 lb.-240 lb.
2 144 lb. or less 145 lb.-312 lb. 313 lb.-480 lb.
3 240 lb. or less 241 lb.-480 lb. 481 lb.-720 lb.
4 312 lb. or less 313 lb.-624 lb. 625 lb.-960 lb.
5 384 lb. or less 385 lb.-792 lb. 793 lb.-1,200 lb.
6 480 lb. or less 481 lb.-960 lb. 961 lb.-1,440 lb.
7 552 lb. or less 553 lb.-1,104 lb. 1,105 lb.-1,680 lb.
8 624 lb. or less 625 lb.-1,272 lb. 1,273 lb.-1,920 lb.
9 720 lb. or less 721 lb.-1,440 lb. 1,441 lb.-2,160 lb.
10 792 lb. or less 793 lb.-1,584 lb. 1,585 lb.-2,400 lb.
11 912 lb. or less 913 lb.-1,824 lb. 1,825 lb.-2,760 lb.
12 1,032 lb. or less 1,033 lb.-2,064 lb. 2,065 lb.-3,120 lb.
13 1,200 lb. or less 1,201 lb.-2,400 lb. 2,401 lb.-3,600 lb.
14 1,392 lb. or less 1,393 lb.-2,784 lb. 2,785 lb.-4,200 lb.
15 1,584 lb. or less 1,585 lb.-3,192 lb. 3,193 lb.-4,800 lb.
16 1,824 lb. or less 1,825 lb.-3,672 lb. 3,673 lb.-5,520 lb.
17 2,064 lb. or less 2,065 lb.-4,152 lb. 4,153 lb.-6,240 lb.
18 2,400 lb. or less 2,401 lb.-4,800 lb. 4,801 lb.-7,200 lb.
19 2,784 lb. or less 2,785 lb.-5,592 lb. 5,593 lb.-8,400 lb.
20 3,192 lb. or less 3,193 lb.-6,384 lb. 6,385 lb.-9,600 lb.
21 3,672 lb. or less 3,673 lb.-7,344 lb. 7,345 lb.-11,040 lb.
22 4,152 lb. or less 4,153 lb.-8,304 lb. 8,305 lb.-12,480 lb.
23 4,800 lb. or less 4,801 lb.-9,600 lb. 9,601 lb.-14,400 lb.
24 5,592 lb. or less 5,593 lb.-11,184 lb. 11,185 lb.-16,800 lb.
25 6,384 lb. or less 6,385 lb.-12,792 lb. 12,793 lb.-19,200 lb.
26 7,344 lb. or less 7,345 lb.-14,712 lb. 14,713 lb.-22,080 lb.
27 8,304 lb. or less 8,305 lb.-16,632 lb. 16,633 lb.-24,960 lb.
28 9,600 lb. or less 9,601 lb.-19,200 lb. 19,201 lb.-28,800 lb.
29 11,184 lb. or less 11,185 lb.-22,392 lb. 22,393 lb.-33,600 lb.
30 12,768 lb. or less 12,769 lb.-25,536 lb. 25,537 lb.-38,400 lb.

What's Next?

That wraps up our look at carrying capacity. Next week, we'll consider some magical aids for carrying your loot and a few other things related to lifting and carrying.

About the Author

Skip Williams keeps busy with freelance projects for several different game companies and was the Sage of Dragon Magazine for many years. Skip is a co-designer of the D&D 3rd Edition game and the chief architect of the Monster Manual. When not devising swift and cruel deaths for player characters, Skip putters in his kitchen or garden (rabbits and deer are not Skip's friends) or works on repairing and improving the century-old farmhouse that he shares with his wife, Penny, and a growing menagerie of pets.


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