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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A way to water-proof equipment on short notice

So, our 3.5 party is about to make a quick dive to the next story location, and just before that, our Bard remembers that he don't want to get his lute wet since it would damage the instrument. Then, ...
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Problem with understanding the rules for saving throws of familiars

According to the rules of familiars the following applies to saving throws Saving Throws: For each saving throw, use either the familiar's base save bonus (Fortitude +2, Reflex +2, Will +0) or ...
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How can a wizard familiar be an alchemist?

In "The COMPLETE Professor Q's Wizard Guide" (but elsewhere too) you can read that one of the familiar roles can be an alchemist. Roles for Familiars Alchemist: This can get a little ...
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Can warlocks' familiars use armor/shields?

Can imps or quasits wear armor or shields? If so, how much would it cost to get armor and shields of the appropriate size (tiny)? Would they have a penalty for using such equipment, or do they have ...
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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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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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Making a combat-ready familiar?

I got a really funny idea for a character after looking at the Improved Familiar feat the other day. The idea is a young feminine witch who takes Improved Familiar to get a Almiraj (it's basically a ...
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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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Can a ranger make their animal companion into a familiar?

If I capture a creature/wild beast and train to be my companion - as the ranger class - is it possible within the rules of 5th edition d&d to give my new companion abilities that a familiar has, ...
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Is there a limit to the number of homunculi you can have?

If playing as a wizard with the spells, the right level and the money necessary to create homunculi, is there anything within the rules of d&d 5th edition that places a limit on the number of ...
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What can a wizard take instead of a familiar at 1st level?

The familiar is brilliant feature for a wizard, but not for a prestige multiclassing one. Such a wizard stops upgrading his familiar once getting off the main road. So if he still wants to utilize his ...
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Can I train a cat familiar to be a rogue?

Can I train my cat familiar to be a rogue? If I can, how does it level up and would it be able to wield weapons?
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What skills besides Perception and Stealth can a warlock's familiar use?

Having a highly intelligent familiar in D&D 5e, I noticed that sprites have higher intelligence and wisdom than my character, and obviously can do a better job on analysis or insight rolls. ...
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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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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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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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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 ...