Ok, I'm dumb, I've read like dozens of topics and I still don't get it.
Your animal companion has abilities and game statistics determined in part by your level. Your companion uses your proficiency bonus rather than its own. In addition to the areas where it normally uses its proficiency bonus, an animal companion also adds its proficiency bonus to its AC and to its damage rolls. Your animal companion gains proficiency in two skills of your choice. It also becomes proficient with all saving throws.
Let's say I have Blood Hawk pet:
- Armor Class: 12 +2 From MY PROF? = 14
- Hit Points : 7(2d6)
- STR 6(-2) DEX 14(+2) CON 10(0) INT 3(-4) WIS 14(+2) CHA 5(-3)
- Proficiency Bonus +2 - the same as my PC
- Skills: Perception +4 - what about this? is it just +2 wis and +2 prof bonus?
- Senses: passive Perception 14 - is this 10 + Wis Mod +2 and Perception Prof +2?
- Keen Sight.The hawk has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on sight. - so if PP is 14, PP that rely on sight is 19? OR it's 10+2(wis)+2(prof)+4(hawk skill)=18 + 5 adv =23? that's kinda... broken?
- Pack Tactics. The hawk has advantage on an attack roll against a creature if at least one of the hawk's allies is within 5 feet of the creature and the ally isn't incapacitated.
- Actions: Beak. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 4 (1d4 + 2 +2) piercing damage. - that +2 because of PC prof?
- Your animal companion gains proficiency in two skills of your choice. so TWO extra beside Perception?
- You have an innate ability to communicate with beasts, and they recognize you as a kindred spirit. Through sounds and gestures, you can communicate simple ideas to a beast as an action, and can read its basic mood and intent. - So if I would send that Hawk for a recon it could "tell" me if there are enemies or traps?