Smaller creatures that serve to aid certain spell casters. They typically lack the combat prowess of an animal companion, but aid a spell caster in other ways.

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Does a Warlock receive the benefit of their familiar's Magic Resistance trait?

The Warlock has access to special forms for their Find Familiar spell through the Pact of the Chain feature. I'm wondering if these special forms, the Quasit, Imp, and Pseudodragon in particular, ...
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Can I use my familiar as a safety deposit box?

The Find Familiar spell states, in part: As an action, you can temporarily dismiss your familiar. It disappears into a pocket dimension where it awaits your summons. The question arising from ...
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What can a familiar actually do?

The PHB states: "A familiar can’t attack, but it can take other actions as normal." What can a familiar do? Can it use a potion of healing on a character? Can it drop caltrops?
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What part of skill numbers in bestiary entries are actual skill ranks (above all in the case of animals that can be used as Companions and Familiars)?

This is a question about the sometimes very confusing wording (or maybe "numbering" ?) of bestiary entries. Preparing a Pathfinder campaign with friends, checking stats for animals that could ...
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Do I get to choose spells for a Faerie Dragon Familiar?

The Faerie Dragon bestiary entry is unusual among monsters eligible to be Improved Familiars. Notably, it's unusual because unlike all of the other available options, the Faerie Dragon has a list of ...
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How does one increase a familiar's Hit Points?

With my choice of getting the Alienist prestige class, once I reach the 5th level of that class, my familiar will gain the Pseudonatural template, which will make it extremely strong in many ...
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Is a Pact of the Chain Warlock's quasit familiar really this effective as a spy?

One of my players has a Warlock with the Pact of the Chain. This PC has a quasit familiar. If we are applying the rules correctly… Pact of the Chain You learn the find familiar spell and can ...
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Are Familiars considered Magical for effects like Detect Magic?

Recently a situation came up in one of my games where an animal was acting unusually intelligent so one of the player characters cast Detect Magic to identify whether or not the creature was of ...
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Distant Spell and Familiars

I have a somewhat peculiar question inasmuch as a sorcerer in a game I am DMing took the 'Magic Initiate' feat because he desperately wanted to be able to cast Find Familiar (a wizard only spell). A ...
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Can a 1st level Wizard communicate with a non-raven familiar?

The raven familiar can speak a language, but can a 1st level Wizard master speak or exchange thoughts with other kinds of familiars? Or is it necessary to wait for "Speak with master" at 5th level?
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Can you take a Mutant Familiar?

When browsing through the different corners of the web, I came across the Mutant Creature Template. After looking through all relevent channels, I couldn't find a definitive answer as to how this ...
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Improving my familiar's touch attack bonus

I have a Celestial Bat familiar (Improved Familiar feat) which I use to deliver touch-range spells for me. This animal has no attack on its own, but we have ruled that having a charged touch spell ...
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Can a Pact of Chain Sprite familiar create poisons?

The Monster Manual says this of Sprites: Poison Brewers. In their forest domains, sprites brew toxins, unguents, antidotes, and poisons , including the sleep poison with which they coat their ...
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Can an Alchemist's familiar throw a bomb or fire an explosive missile?

I'm in a Pathfinder game with an alchemist and there is a debate going on whether the alchemist's monkey familiar can fire a crossbow loaded with an explosive missile. Can it?
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Can my familiar use a Ring of Spell Storing?

Can a familiar from the pact of chain (quasit, imp, sprite, pseudodragon) attune with a ring of spell storing? If so, can I cast a spell requiring concentration into the ring and then have the ...
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Can becoming a familiar make an improved familiar stupider?

The feat Improved Familiar (DMG 200) says that Improved familiars otherwise use the rules on page 52 of the Player’s Handbook, with two exceptions: If the creature’s type is something other than ...
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What weapons can a familiar use?

If a familiar is nearly as smart as a human (or smarter than the average human, depending on the master's level), and many of them have a high Dexterity score, and familiars inherit all of the ...
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Getting a new familiar with Improved Familiar

I'm a level 2 Wizard, soon-to-be level 3. I have a Hawk familiar, and I'm very interested in the idea of getting the feat Improved Familiar at level 3. I'm interested in a Celestial Hawk or Owl, which ...
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Familiar + touch spells

If my character chooses the ritual Caster for his Variant human first level feat. Gaining Find familiar. Can he use Cure wounds via the familiar due to it being a touch spell? Also can he move the ...
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Is this Flying Monkey familiar overpowered?

I am DMing a game with my niece, whose character is a 2nd level Wizard. In our last session she acquired the find familiar spell which she copied into her spell book and then wanted to cast to summon ...
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Can I share a Hex with my familiar via the Share Spell class feature?

After looking through my abilities and spells, I believe that I found a way to enhance my cat to finally do damage by itself without changing its stats or actively casting spells. However, this would ...
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How does “Long Arm” affect Familiar Size?

I recently added Witch to my horrendously multi-classed Fighter and found this little brain teaser. I had adopted a Blue Russian (cat) as my linked familiar whom I can cast self-altering spells on, ...
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Can find familiar summon the familiar behind a barrier?

The PHB (p. 240) states as part of the Find Familiar spell that: As an action while it is temporarily dismissed, you can cause it to reappear in any unoccupied space within 30 feet of you. My ...
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Does a Wizard's Familiar grant advantage on every roll?

We're a new group playing DnD 5e. Three of us have no prior experience (and I'm one of them, never played the earlier editions) whilst two of us have some to good experience with other editions. I'm ...
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Why isn't an Animal Companion autonomous when a Familiar is?

I was very surprised and a bit confused about how a wizard's familiar seems to have more autonomy than a ranger's animal companion. According to the PHB page 93: The beast obeys your commands as ...
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Does Voice of the Chain Master let me cast a purely verbal spell through my familiar?

In D&D 5e, as a Warlock, I can choose a feature that lets me speak in my own voice through my familiar. PHB 111: Voice of the Chain Master Prerequisite: Pact of the Chain feature You ...
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Can I act normally while seeing through my familiar's eyes?

For Find Familiar: ...as an action, you can see through your familiar's eyes and hear what it hears until the start of your next turn, gaining the benefits of any special senses that the familiar ...
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What creatures can be improved familiars?

What are the rules for picking something from Improved Familiar in Pathfinder? How do you know what familiars are available — is it only the ones listed on d20pfsrd.com or are there rules that ...
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Improved Familiar + Valet archetype?

Deliver Aid (Ex) [...] This ability replaces speak with animals of its kind. http://www.d20pfsrd.com/classes/core-classes/wizard/familiar/familiar-archetypes/valet-familiar-archetype ...
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Can wizards have familiars without the use of the find familiar spell?

In the class section for wizards in the PHB it doesn't state anything about familiars. You can learn the find familiar spell as a 1st level spell which creates a "spirit that takes an animal form", ...
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Do imps have hands?

I've looked around and everyone assumes so, but I see no specific mention that imps have hands (with which to wield wands to cast spells for their masters, as familiars).
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Can my familiar feed me a potion?

The SRD says potions can be administered by others with a full-round action: Drinking a potion or using an oil is a standard action. The potion or oil takes effect immediately. Using a potion or ...
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Can I use my familiar to cast Warding Bond on myself?

Find Familiar lets you cast touch spells through your familiar. Warding Bond is a Touch spell, that creates a connection between "you and the target". I can't find anything against it, but would it be ...
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Can the XP loss from the death or dismissal of a Familiar cause you to lose a level?

From the SRD If the familiar dies or is dismissed by the sorcerer, the sorcerer must attempt a DC 15 Fortitude saving throw. Failure means he loses 200 experience points per sorcerer level; ...
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Intelligence of Familiar vs Normal Creature?

Familiars are spirits (celestial, fey, or fiend) and take the form of a pre-defined creature when summoned, but are they as intelligent as their "normal" creature counter part? The spell Find ...
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Can I Have Two Familiars?

I am playing a gestalt game as a Wizard/Alchemist. The Wizard gains a familiar via Arcane Bond, and the Alchemist gains a familiar through the Tumor Familiar discovery. Does the fact that the ...
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Can a sprite (warlock's familiar) use help action and stay invisible?

According to DnD 5th edition Player's Handbook (page 192, help action in combat)(bolding made by me): You can aid a friendly creature in attacking a creature within 5 feet of you. You feint, ...
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Is a spell that rolls attack an “attack” for familiars

In the subsection about attacking (as opposed to the subsection about spellcasting) it says: A few spells also involve making a melee attack. ... When you make a ranged attack, you fire ...
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How many Shapechanged Familiar Dragons can I have at once?

As per this question, certain classes can indeed have multiple Animal Companions or Familiars able to share spells. I want to know what the theoretical limit of this would be. A Druid19/Wiz1 would ...
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Can my familiar use the bonus attack from two-weapon fighting to make its own attack?

Two weapon fighting: When you take the Attack action and attack with a light melee weapon that you're holding in one hand, you can use a bonus action to attack with a different light melee weapon ...
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Can a wizard's familiar take an action on its own?

The rule I'm used to from previous editions is that a character with a companion such as a familiar must choose whether to use their Move and Action themselves or have their summoned creature use it. ...
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What feats can I use to get a companion of any sort?

Basically, what feats can I use to get a Cohort, Animal Companion, Familiar, or something similar? Standard Class Features and ACF's not so much since they're very class specific, but if there are ...
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What is the point of having a 1st-level familiar if you can't communicate with it in a language?

I have a 1st-level sorcerer in my game that has a rabbit familiar. Familiars are magical beasts, so you can't use "speak with animals" or anything that specifically affects animals. As a result, she ...
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What happens when a familiar 'dies'?

The 5e PHB is pretty unambiguous on familiar 'death': When the familiar drops to 0 hit points, it disappears, leaving behind no physical form. It reappears after you cast this spell again. (From ...
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Does my familiar effectively grant me permanent advantage on attack roles via the Help action? [duplicate]

I am a Pact of the Chain Warlock. Can my Imp go invisible and take the Help action each round to effectively give me permanent advantage on my first attack each round? Is my imp specifically ...
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Can I use a Wolf or a Dire-Wolf as a Warlock familiar?

I'm new at D&D and I want to create a Drow, Rogue-Warlock (First Rogue and later Warlock) but I want to have a Dire-Wolf as a familiar but I don't know if it's possible. I want it for the ...
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Can I use a Familiar or a Ranger Companion as temporary mount?

My character is a Elf Drow (Weight: 95lb, Heigth: 5'3'') so, can I use a Panther (STR 14) as a mount or at least lift me up if I'm paralyzed?
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Can familiars learn tricks?

Can a familiar learn tricks via handle animal, despite it being a magical beast? A player asked me that question the other day, and I wanted to say no, but now I am not too sure. There are epic ...
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How can I ride my Pseudodragon?

I play a tiny sorcerer with a Pseudodragon familiar, I'd like to be able to ride it, but we are both tiny. We play d&d 3/3.5 mixed (whatever rules end up being more convienent). The best route ...
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Using a familiar to deliver a touch attack?

The last paragraph of the Find Familiar spell contains the following: ...when you cast a spell with a range of touch, your familiar can deliver the spell as if it had cast the spell. Your ...