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The Blood Sentinel spell allows turning a statue of a familiar into a living familiar. Could the caster pick a familiar from the improved familiar list?

As the spell is written, it seems like one could use a statue of an improved familiar, but I'm not sure that's the intention.

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Certainly none of them that aren’t animals—the material component specifies that you use an animal statue, and the overwhelming majority of improved familiars aren’t animals. Only one is: the dire rat.

Otherwise, though, it seems extremely unlikely that even the dire rat was intended to be allowed, because the spell grants the arcane bond feature of a wizard—not that of a wizard who has a particular feat. And without the Improved Familiar feat, that wizard could not have selected any of those familiars.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ The spell doesn't even provide the full range of abilities of the Arcane Bond, pretty much just using the familiar rules to generate stats, and allow communication. \$\endgroup\$ – YogoZuno May 9 '18 at 0:37

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