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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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Exactly what your familiar does while in passive mode is unspecified, and entirely fluff. (Arcane Power says "perching on your shoulder or hiding in your pocket," but those are just examples. Later in the same chapter, it also says "you can also what happens when your familiar enters passive mode.") Mechanically, a passive familiar is little different from a ...


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As Zachiel mentions in his answer, the primary pitfall is the familiar character being less useful than the full character. This problem is going to be exacerbated as the full character gains levels and abilities, and the familiar gains few new or interesting things. For example, at the level that the full character is getting wall of ice and solid fog and ...


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The main pitfall would be not letting the other player get a familiar and being less useful than a full-fledged character (unless the other player goes full "let's buff my familiar", which I don't think is a really good strategy because that kind of build often makes for a very weak wizard/sorcerer/whatever). If the familiar player makes some wrong choices ...



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