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.


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.

  • \$\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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