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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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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Alternatives to Familiars in DnD 3.X

Players tend to not keep very effective track of their familiars. Where can I find (or equally what can I use as) alternative Class Features for Wizards and Sorcerers to replace Familiars which will ...
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Can a cat familiar open a potion bottle by itself?

My character has a Cat familiar (lvl 16) with an INT of 11 and a DEX of 15. Previously our DM has ruled that the Cat can retrieve a potion from the characters Heward's Handy Haversack. The question ...
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What happens to a familiar if the wizard is unconcious?

Reading over the PHB spell entry for familiars, I don't see anything about what happens to the familiar if its "owner" dies or is unconscious. I'm going to assume if the owner dies, the familiar ...
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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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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 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 a familiar be a character?

I had an odd idea for a Warlock character who was pretty much under the control of his familiar. Backstory-wise, he had made a contract with an extraplanar entity that would allow it to live on the ...
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PC as Familiar?

One of my PC's wants a familiar and one of my other PC's thinks it would be cool if she could take on the role of a familiar because she thinks it would allow her freedom to be "cute" in the game. ...
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What special ability do Improved Familiars give?

The improved familiar feat allows a higher level arcane spellcaster to get a, well, improved familiar. However the Special Abilities for these familiars is not listed. For some of these (Celestial ...
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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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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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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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What were the stats on the original Oso la Fez?

I keep reading that it was amazing, fun, and completely unbalanced. But nowhere can I find the actual rules for it. The current one in the character builder on the Wizards site is pretty ...
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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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What kind of bonus is the hedgehog familiar armor bonus?

Let's say I'm a wizard with a hedgehog familiar from the DMG guide (page 203). It says, "Master gains a +1 natural armor bonus." What kind of bonus is this? Is it enhancement bonus, dodge bonus, ...
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Does the Necromancer's Skeletal Minion prevent familiars gained from other sources?

Among the Wizard's Necromancer variants is the Skeletal Minion feature, which says (among other things): A 1st-level necromancer using this variant can begin play with an undead minion (a human ...
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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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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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Which issues of Paizo's Dragon magazine had alternative rules to replace 3.x familiars?

I've seen this mentioned under this question: Alternatives to Familiars in DnD 3.X, and I do remember having read, ages ago, an issue or two (?) of Paizo's Dragon that dealt with optional rules that ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are familiars always present?

In a 3.5 game I'm in right now, I'm playing a Duskblade with a Hippogriff familiar. As Hippogriffs are quite large, I'm getting worried as to whether it will fit through small spaces or narrow ...
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Arcane Bonds and Familiars

Is it possible for a Wizard to gain both an arcane bond and a familiar without multiclassing? I have not found a way to do it, but I'm keen to find out if it is possible.
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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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Can a familiar learn languages from ranks in linguistics?

According to RAW on familiars for Wizard/Sorcerer/Witch Skills: For each skill in which either the master or the familiar has ranks, use either the normal skill ranks for an animal of that type or ...
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How does Improved Familiar advancement affect its size category and size-related benefits?

I have a sorcerer with a Gem Scarab familiar planned for a campaign starting at level 10, which would give the familiar 10 HD, which is more than enough for a Gem Scarab to advance a size category. ...
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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 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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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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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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Which familiar-related abilities require the 1 mile proximity?

Wizard familiar rules say: A familiar grants special abilities to its master, as given on the table below. These special abilities apply only when the master and familiar are within 1 mile of each ...
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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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Where can I find information on all the familiars, including those not statted out in the PHB?

In the PHB, the spell find familiar lists a set of creatures you can summon as your familiar, however for some of them, I'm unable to find any stats in the appendix for them(particularly the octopus). ...
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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 ...