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I would like to make a druid build where my character's power resides in my animal companion(s) and what little druid spellpower I can muster I use to buff it.

By powerful I mean most druid level to increase the animal companion's row on the Animal Companion Table. This could be by adding character feats to amplify the animal companion, as well as animal companion feats that could contribute to its rank. I am hoping for a companion that is higher in rank than my druid level, in other words.

How can I accomplish this?

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I'm not sure if you could raise your animal companion level past your Druid level, but you could always be a Pack Lord Druid and take Boon Companion twice to buff the level of each companion, and have two max level companions until level 9.

If you are an Aasimar, you could take the feat Celestial Servant to give your animal companions the celestial template.

I don't think as it stands there is a way to do this via Druid, but a Lunar Oracle should fit what you're looking for just dandy. Just take the primal companion revelation:

Primal Companion (Ex): You gain the service of a faithful animal of the night. You can select from a bear, boar, crocodile, shark, tiger, or wolf. This animal functions as a druid's animal companion, using your oracle level as your effective druid level.

After that, use the favored class bonus of an Aasimar Oracle:

Oracle Add +1/6 to the oracle's level for the purpose of determining the effects of one revelation.

The original version of this (before a July 2015 errata) let you have +1/2 instead of +1/6. Despite that, you can use the spells Righteous Might and Divine Power (which stack and can be cast on your animal companion via the Share Spells feature). Also look into Divine Vessel for a disgusting display of animal companion power.

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I, too, wish this question were more about animal companions than druids. That is, I think a sacred hunter inquisitor that picks the Animal domain—because, for such a character, more than one animal companion's a no-no—has a level 20 animal companion at, like, character level 12. But that oracle isn't far behind with a level 20+ companion at character level 14, and the oracle's a full caster. – Hey I Can Chan Jan 31 at 22:18
PFSRD suggests that aasimar get +1/6 to their level for purposes of one revelation rather than +1/2; was there errata that you (or PFSRD) missed? – Oblivious Sage Feb 1 at 20:36
That's a good catch. I remembered it being +1/2, but as you've suggested there was an errata July 2015 that made it +1/6 found here: from the Advanced Race Guide. – Dumpcats Feb 1 at 20:46

The Boon Companion feat allows you to have an animal companion of up to 4 levels higher than your druid class level. However, it is limited to your character level...this means you could use this to make up for multiclassing, but wouldn't make it more powerful than your total character level. Not quite what you want, but I thought I'd mention it for completeness.

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