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  • Complete Mage gives an Elemental Companion ACF. Not exactly Animal Companion (no crazy abilities boost), though. Probably you're better off with Summon Elemental reserve feat.
  • Urban Companion ACF gives a familiar which is slightly better than a standard sorcerer familiar and is a magical beast. If it can be used in conjunction with Improved Familiar and other familiar-related goodness, then you are set, I believe. Note that Improved Familiar in DMG allows you to have a homunculus as a familiar, which is undeada construct. Bonus points if you can convince your DM to allow it to benefit from Improved Homunculus feat.
  • Complete Mage gives an Elemental Companion ACF. Not exactly Animal Companion (no crazy abilities boost), though. Probably you're better off with Summon Elemental reserve feat.
  • Urban Companion ACF gives a familiar which is slightly better than a standard sorcerer familiar and is a magical beast. If it can be used in conjunction with Improved Familiar and other familiar-related goodness, then you are set, I believe. Note that Improved Familiar in DMG allows you to have a homunculus as a familiar, which is undead. Bonus points if you can convince your DM to allow it to benefit from Improved Homunculus feat.
  • Complete Mage gives an Elemental Companion ACF. Not exactly Animal Companion (no crazy abilities boost), though. Probably you're better off with Summon Elemental reserve feat.
  • Urban Companion ACF gives a familiar which is slightly better than a standard sorcerer familiar and is a magical beast. If it can be used in conjunction with Improved Familiar and other familiar-related goodness, then you are set, I believe. Note that Improved Familiar in DMG allows you to have a homunculus as a familiar, which is a construct. Bonus points if you can convince your DM to allow it to benefit from Improved Homunculus feat.
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  • Exalted Companion (Book of Exalted Deeds) allows a druid to select from a limited list of magical beasts.
  • Beast Totem (Eberron Campaign Setting) allows to take Totem Companion - one more list of magical beasts to select from.
  • Devoted Tracker (Complete Adventurer) allows to select your special mount to be your animal companion, effectively giving you a magical beast companion.
  • Vermin Companion (Eberron Campaign Setting) allows to select from a limited list of vermin.
  • Spider Companion (Drow of the Underdark) allows to select from a limited list of spiders. Setting-independent, but steep prerequisites and you already can select vermin companions per aforementioned WotC article.
  • Arcane Hierophant makes(Races of the Wild)makes his animal companion his familiar, which is treated as magical beast from there on.
  • Monstrous Animal Companion (Dragon vol. 326), while requiring yet another feat (also Dragon vol. 326), allows to select your animal companion from yet another list of magical beasts. 8-headed hydra, anyone?
  • Plant Companion alternate class feature (Dragon MagazineDragon vol. 357). Gain a plant companion instead of an animal. I'm afraid I don't know the details of the deal, though.
  • Spell Sovereign prestige class (Dragon MagazineDragon vol. 357). Remember Urban Companion? This allows to have living spell as familiar. The details still escape me, I don't own Dragon Magazines.
  • Ooze Companion feat (Dungeon Denizens Revisited, for Pathfinder). One of the Pathfinder books allows druid to select his animal companion from a list of oozes. Ew.
  • Exalted Companion allows a druid to select from a limited list of magical beasts.
  • Beast Totem allows to take Totem Companion - one more list of magical beasts to select from.
  • Devoted Tracker allows to select your special mount to be your animal companion, effectively giving you a magical beast companion.
  • Vermin Companion allows to select from a limited list of vermin.
  • Spider Companion allows to select from a limited list of spiders. Setting-independent, but steep prerequisites and you already can select vermin companions per aforementioned WotC article.
  • Arcane Hierophant makes his animal companion his familiar, which is treated as magical beast from there on.
  • Monstrous Animal Companion, while requiring yet another feat, allows to select your animal companion from yet another list of magical beasts. 8-headed hydra, anyone?
  • Plant Companion alternate class feature (Dragon Magazine 357). Gain a plant companion instead of an animal. I'm afraid I don't know the details of the deal, though.
  • Spell Sovereign prestige class (Dragon Magazine 357). Remember Urban Companion? This allows to have living spell as familiar. The details still escape me, I don't own Dragon Magazines.
  • Ooze Companion feat. One of the Pathfinder books allows druid to select his animal companion from a list of oozes. Ew.
  • Exalted Companion (Book of Exalted Deeds) allows a druid to select from a limited list of magical beasts.
  • Beast Totem (Eberron Campaign Setting) allows to take Totem Companion - one more list of magical beasts to select from.
  • Devoted Tracker (Complete Adventurer) allows to select your special mount to be your animal companion, effectively giving you a magical beast companion.
  • Vermin Companion (Eberron Campaign Setting) allows to select from a limited list of vermin.
  • Spider Companion (Drow of the Underdark) allows to select from a limited list of spiders. Setting-independent, but steep prerequisites and you already can select vermin companions per aforementioned WotC article.
  • Arcane Hierophant (Races of the Wild)makes his animal companion his familiar, which is treated as magical beast from there on.
  • Monstrous Animal Companion (Dragon vol. 326), while requiring yet another feat (also Dragon vol. 326), allows to select your animal companion from yet another list of magical beasts. 8-headed hydra, anyone?
  • Plant Companion alternate class feature (Dragon vol. 357). Gain a plant companion instead of an animal. I'm afraid I don't know the details of the deal, though.
  • Spell Sovereign prestige class (Dragon vol. 357). Remember Urban Companion? This allows to have living spell as familiar. The details still escape me, I don't own Dragon Magazines.
  • Ooze Companion feat (Dungeon Denizens Revisited, for Pathfinder). One of the Pathfinder books allows druid to select his animal companion from a list of oozes. Ew.
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Okay, let's take a look.

Other

  • This article provides a list of vermin to select 'animal' companion from. Note that it actually does not prohibit a non-vermin druid to select vermin companion. Also please note that vermin companion is actually considered magical beast.
  • Watchspider is a wonderful magical beast located on page 140 of City of Splendors: Waterdeep, which can serve as animal companion, requiring an effective druid level of 4 or higher. It can also serve as familiar or mount, but that's beside the point.
  • While we are at it, Tressym (detailed in *Forgotten Realms Campaign Settings) is permitted to be an animal companion at 1st level, as per Sandstorm, p48. Although it is just an animal, it is the only animal I know with Intelligence of 12, easily smarter than its druid master.

Important note: with a liberal interpretation of Wild Cohort feat you can use the above Animal Companion choice expansions with it. With a more liberal interpretation you can also use some of the expansions below (e.g. feats). Strict interpretation limits you to the list in Player's Handbook, though.

Alternate Class Features

  • Complete Mage gives an Elemental Companion ACF. Not exactly Animal Companion (no crazy abilities boost), though. Probably you're better off with Summon Elemental reserve feat.
  • Urban Companion ACF gives a familiar which is slightly better than a standard sorcerer familiar and is a magical beast. If it can be used in conjunction with Improved Familiar and other familiar-related goodness, then you are set, I believe. Note that Improved Familiar in DMG allows you to have a homunculus as a familiar, which is undead. Bonus points if you can convince your DM to allow it to benefit from Improved Homunculus feat.

Feats

  • Exalted Companion allows a druid to select from a limited list of magical beasts.
  • Beast Totem allows to take Totem Companion - one more list of magical beasts to select from.
  • Devoted Tracker allows to select your special mount to be your animal companion, effectively giving you a magical beast companion.
  • Vermin Companion allows to select from a limited list of vermin.
  • Spider Companion allows to select from a limited list of spiders. Setting-independent, but steep prerequisites and you already can select vermin companions per aforementioned WotC article.

Prestige Classes

  • Arcane Hierophant makes his animal companion his familiar, which is treated as magical beast from there on.

Dragon Magazine material

  • Monstrous Animal Companion, while requiring yet another feat, allows to select your animal companion from yet another list of magical beasts. 8-headed hydra, anyone?
  • Plant Companion alternate class feature (Dragon Magazine 357). Gain a plant companion instead of an animal. I'm afraid I don't know the details of the deal, though.
  • Spell Sovereign prestige class (Dragon Magazine 357). Remember Urban Companion? This allows to have living spell as familiar. The details still escape me, I don't own Dragon Magazines.

Third party

Just stumbled upon this.

  • Ooze Companion feat. One of the Pathfinder books allows druid to select his animal companion from a list of oozes. Ew.

There may be more.

Okay, let's take a look.

Other

  • This article provides a list of vermin to select 'animal' companion from. Note that it actually does not prohibit a non-vermin druid to select vermin companion. Also please note that vermin companion is actually considered magical beast.
  • Watchspider is a wonderful magical beast located on page 140 of City of Splendors: Waterdeep, which can serve as animal companion, requiring an effective druid level of 4 or higher. It can also serve as familiar or mount, but that's beside the point.
  • While we are at it, Tressym (detailed in *Forgotten Realms Campaign Settings) is permitted to be an animal companion at 1st level, as per Sandstorm, p48. Although it is just an animal, it is the only animal I know with Intelligence of 12, easily smarter than its druid master.

Important note: with a liberal interpretation of Wild Cohort feat you can use the above Animal Companion choice expansions with it. With a more liberal interpretation you can also use some of the expansions below (e.g. feats). Strict interpretation limits you to the list in Player's Handbook, though.

Alternate Class Features

  • Complete Mage gives an Elemental Companion ACF. Not exactly Animal Companion (no crazy abilities boost), though. Probably you're better off with Summon Elemental reserve feat.
  • Urban Companion ACF gives a familiar which is slightly better than a standard sorcerer familiar and is a magical beast. If it can be used in conjunction with Improved Familiar and other familiar-related goodness, then you are set, I believe.

Feats

  • Exalted Companion allows a druid to select from a limited list of magical beasts.
  • Beast Totem allows to take Totem Companion - one more list of magical beasts to select from.
  • Devoted Tracker allows to select your special mount to be your animal companion, effectively giving you a magical beast companion.
  • Vermin Companion allows to select from a limited list of vermin.
  • Spider Companion allows to select from a limited list of spiders. Setting-independent, but steep prerequisites and you already can select vermin companions per aforementioned WotC article.

Prestige Classes

  • Arcane Hierophant makes his animal companion his familiar, which is treated as magical beast from there on.

Dragon Magazine material

  • Monstrous Animal Companion, while requiring yet another feat, allows to select your animal companion from yet another list of magical beasts. 8-headed hydra, anyone?
  • Plant Companion alternate class feature (Dragon Magazine 357). Gain a plant companion instead of an animal. I'm afraid I don't know the details of the deal, though.
  • Spell Sovereign prestige class (Dragon Magazine 357). Remember Urban Companion? This allows to have living spell as familiar. The details still escape me, I don't own Dragon Magazines.

Third party

Just stumbled upon this.

  • Ooze Companion feat. One of the Pathfinder books allows druid to select his animal companion from a list of oozes. Ew.

There may be more.

Okay, let's take a look.

Other

  • This article provides a list of vermin to select 'animal' companion from. Note that it actually does not prohibit a non-vermin druid to select vermin companion. Also please note that vermin companion is actually considered magical beast.
  • Watchspider is a wonderful magical beast located on page 140 of City of Splendors: Waterdeep, which can serve as animal companion, requiring an effective druid level of 4 or higher. It can also serve as familiar or mount, but that's beside the point.
  • While we are at it, Tressym (detailed in *Forgotten Realms Campaign Settings) is permitted to be an animal companion at 1st level, as per Sandstorm, p48. Although it is just an animal, it is the only animal I know with Intelligence of 12, easily smarter than its druid master.

Important note: with a liberal interpretation of Wild Cohort feat you can use the above Animal Companion choice expansions with it. With a more liberal interpretation you can also use some of the expansions below (e.g. feats). Strict interpretation limits you to the list in Player's Handbook, though.

Alternate Class Features

  • Complete Mage gives an Elemental Companion ACF. Not exactly Animal Companion (no crazy abilities boost), though. Probably you're better off with Summon Elemental reserve feat.
  • Urban Companion ACF gives a familiar which is slightly better than a standard sorcerer familiar and is a magical beast. If it can be used in conjunction with Improved Familiar and other familiar-related goodness, then you are set, I believe. Note that Improved Familiar in DMG allows you to have a homunculus as a familiar, which is undead. Bonus points if you can convince your DM to allow it to benefit from Improved Homunculus feat.

Feats

  • Exalted Companion allows a druid to select from a limited list of magical beasts.
  • Beast Totem allows to take Totem Companion - one more list of magical beasts to select from.
  • Devoted Tracker allows to select your special mount to be your animal companion, effectively giving you a magical beast companion.
  • Vermin Companion allows to select from a limited list of vermin.
  • Spider Companion allows to select from a limited list of spiders. Setting-independent, but steep prerequisites and you already can select vermin companions per aforementioned WotC article.

Prestige Classes

  • Arcane Hierophant makes his animal companion his familiar, which is treated as magical beast from there on.

Dragon Magazine material

  • Monstrous Animal Companion, while requiring yet another feat, allows to select your animal companion from yet another list of magical beasts. 8-headed hydra, anyone?
  • Plant Companion alternate class feature (Dragon Magazine 357). Gain a plant companion instead of an animal. I'm afraid I don't know the details of the deal, though.
  • Spell Sovereign prestige class (Dragon Magazine 357). Remember Urban Companion? This allows to have living spell as familiar. The details still escape me, I don't own Dragon Magazines.

Third party

Just stumbled upon this.

  • Ooze Companion feat. One of the Pathfinder books allows druid to select his animal companion from a list of oozes. Ew.

There may be more.

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