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As far as actions in combat are concerned, the quote you've included pretty much sums it up. A familiar can take any action that it is capable of other than the Attack action. This includes the Cast A Spell action, Dash, Disengage, Dodge, Help, Hide, Ready, Search, and Use an Object. Since familiars are monsters, they can also take any non-Attack action ...


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Not sharing a language doesn't mean you can't communicate. Familiars are smart (6 intelligence at level 1, and rising fast) and have empathic links to their associated spellcasters. Which is to say, you can demonstrate concepts to your familiar by example, even if you can't do it through speech; And you can readily communicate an emotion associated with each ...


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Not exactly. The rules on Working Together in order to give advantage are as follows: A character can only provide help if the task is one that he or she could attempt alone. For example, trying to open a lock requires proficiency with thieves’ tools, so a character who lacks that proficiency can’t help another character in that task. Moreover, a ...


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With the extremely obscure feat: "Mighty Steed". Found in the mount handbook, the handbook states: Mighty Steed: A feat found in the Dragonlance supplements Bestiary of Krynn and Knightly Orders of Ansalon. A mount with this feat counts as one size category larger for determining carrying capacity and the minimum size of its rider. That is, it lets a ...


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Nothing. There is no current rule that spell effects end when a caster is unconscious or dies unless they are specifically concentration spells. Thus, since Find Familiar is not a concentration spell, it's perfectly reasonable to assume that the familiar stays and is unaffected by the fact that his wizard is unconscious (or dead). And in fact, the ...


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So, to your first question: The pocket dimension will be unique to your familiar. While it's difficult to prove this, a dimension that potentially contains the familiars of every spellcaster with the Find Familiar spell in the entire universe at the same time really doesn't sound like a "pocket" dimension. Also, what would happen if a Wizard sent his ...


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No. Consider that: Verbal (V) ...the particular combination of sounds, with specific pitch and resonance, sets the threads of magic in motion. If you can argue that this is ALL that is needed to cast a purely verbal spell, then anyone or anything with a mouth can cast it. Let's get more basic: suppose you don't have spell slots left to ...


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From the Monster Manual: A master can only have one homonculus at a time (attempts to create another one always fail), and when its master dies, the homonculus also dies. So yes, there is a limit - you can only ever have a single homonculus.


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"Natural armor" is its own bonus type, which has its own fairly uncomplex stacking rules -- most importantly, it stacks with "armor" bonuses, and does not apply to touch AC.


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I see no reason why an Int 6 familiar with which you share an empathic link that lets you directly communicate emotions would be less able to be instructed than an Int 2 dog which doesn't even have a link. Yet nobody seems to think that it's impossible to direct an animal companion, and the idea of a guard dog doesn't surprise anyone. You might not share a ...


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Unless your DM explicitly creates houserules that allow you to make your companion into a familiar, no, there is no way to do this. The Find Familiar spell lets a wizard gain the service of a familiar, a spirit that takes an animal form you choose: bat, cat, crab, frog (toad), hawk, lizard, octopus, owl, poisonous snake, fish (quipper), rat, raven, sea ...


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The Meta Magic option, Distant Spell, if used, changes the range of the spell from touch to 30 ft (PHB 102). Conversely, Find Familiar (PHB 240) gives you the option when you cast a spell with the range of touch to cast it through the familiar, using its reaction to cast the spell. The two effects are mutually exclusive. If you spend the sorcery point, it ...


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Check out the D20 SRD. There are some class variants that might appeal to your players. Specifically, many of the Specialist Wizard Variants involve replacing the familiar with some other bonus related to specializing in a specific school. There's also an option to take an animal companion rather than a familiar.


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I like what Pathfinder did with Familiars. Instead of being forced to either take a familiar or ignore a benefit of your class, you can instead choose to take an Arcane Bond with an item. This item gives the caster the ability to cast any spell in their spellbook or that they know once per day. It can also be made magical without having the requisite item ...


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There is nothing about it on the SRD about cats, but I do remember about a race called Tibbits that could transform into house cats, and the description said something along the lines of "while in cat form, Tibbits function as normal cats and cannot manipulate fine objects or activate magic items", so I'd rule the same for cat familiars. EDIT: Found it. "A ...


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It's a magical cat. It doesn't sound any more or less crazy to have it be able to uncork a potion and drink it. Sounds like a full-round action, though.


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Communication Issues Most familiars can't speak languages (Ravens, Parrots, and Thrushes can). They can communicate telepathically with their master, but not being able to talk to the rest of the party or NPCs that aren't the same type of animal would present some difficulties. Class Levels? Normally, familiars don't gain levels (or hit dice) on their ...


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All of these creatures are in the Monster Manual. However, you can also find the ones that don't appear in the PHB in the Dungeon Master's D&D Basic Rules posted on the WotC web site.


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By the rules, no. The Pact of the Chain says: You learn the find familiar spell and can cast it as a ritual. The spell doesn't count against your number of spells known. When you cast the spell, you can choose one of the normal forms for your familiar or one of the following special forms: imp, pseudodragon, quasit, or sprite. And the find ...


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Two points suggesting that the Sprite isn't a poison factory The language you cited is general enough to suggest that this ingredient collection, and subsequent poison fabrication, is a collective activity undertaken by Sprite communities in the areas where they live. "In their forest domains" or "they venture" .. is the third person plural which can be ...


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The Forlorn flaw from Dragon vol. 333 prevents you from gaining a familiar. As with all flaws, you get an extra feat for taking it. The existence of the Obtain Familiar feat (Complete Arcane) suggests that this is a fair trade and that the familiar is valued about the same as a feat. For actual alternate options, from the best list of alternate class ...


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No, a Warlock with the Pact of the Chain feature does not receive Magic Resistance if they choose a Quasit, Imp, or Pseudodragon. In the first place, a variant rule is only in play if the DM chooses. However, even if the DM decides that pseudodragon familiars (for example) are a thing, it still doesn't benefit the Warlock. Some pseudodragons are willing ...


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No, you do not get 2 different familiars. Familiar levels stack. From the Familiars entry: Levels of different classes that are entitled to familiars stack for the purpose of determining any familiar abilities that depend on the master's level. You can though have a familiar and an animal companion (but remember PFS rules only allow for one combat ...


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It's just a temporary inconvenience, except in a singular case. Basically, all that a familiar's death means is that you'll have to recast Find Familiar at your earliest convenience (so it means the loss of a spell slot for a day if you have a time pressure and can't take The extra 10 minutes to cast it as a ritual). The spell/ritual does cost 10gp, but ...


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No they cannot learn tricks, and they don't need to. Familiars' Int scores start at 6, and go up from there. A familiar doesn't learn tricks, and it doesn't need them. Tricks represent training an animal to do something that its instincts would not cover it knowing to do, or knowing how to do, but a familiar isn't a dumb animal operating on instinct. It has ...


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No — since it doesn't explicitly override them, the normal rules on page 204 of the Player's Handbook for choosing the target space into which you summon your familiar in the first place still apply when re-summoning it: To target something, you must have a clear path to it, so it can’t be behind total cover. You have to pick a location that you can ...


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It's almost correct, but not quite. There are two separate, unrelated ways to get a familiar in D&D 5e, and you're trying to combine them. The first method is by use of the Find Familiar spell, which allows you to summon a celestial, fey, or fiendish spirit that takes the form of any of a list of creatures. This list is expanded by the warlock pact of ...


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I think Improved Familiar is really just a better creature. For comparison, the standard familiars are basically all CR 1/3 or 1/2 creatures. Wait until level 7 and you can get a Mephit, which is a CR 3 monster. Plus that Mephit is going to get all of the other bonuses, like more HD/HP, better saves, deliver ranged touch attacks, etc. With all of the ...


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The mechanics of the stopper matter a lot here. Could a cat uncork a potion bottle? Under a literal interpretation I would say yes. Two paws grab the bottle, the cat uses it's mouth to grab the cork (it's teeth will sink in and grip) and pulls. I would likewise let it open any bottle whose stopper was some sort of bulb and wasn't too big to go in the ...


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I see it as perfectly laid out plan. The idea is cool and you already set up the base for justify it within the framework of rules that usually govern the master-familiar relationship in term of power level. The quirks that I currently see here are: 1) Because there is a sort of mind-controlling effect established, your DM and you should write down some ...



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