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At levels 5, 11, and 20, the Fighter Class gains extra attacks. Can I dedicate a number of attacks to my companion(s) if I had them use one of my attacks?

Example: At level 11 Fighter and Level 5 Ranger, I want to make an attack. I have three attacks as a Fighter, and I want to dedicate 2 of those to my wolf.

Is that allowed?

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No, you can't share your own extra attacks with your beast companion

Looking at the Beast Master features, we see the following:

You can use your action to verbally command it to take the Attack, Dash, Disengage, or Help action. If you don't issue a command, the beast takes the Dodge action. Once you have the Extra Attack feature, you can make one weapon attack yourself when you command the beast to take the Attack action. (PHB, Chapter 3: Classes, Ranger, Beast Master, Ranger's Companion)

This section doesn't state that you can allow your companion to freely make use of your own multiple attacks, it only says that you can direct the companion to attack and also attack once yourself.

Additionally, there is a class feature which allows your companion to attack more than once, and importantly it even states that the companion can't make multiple attacks using its own multiattack feature (if it has one) until that class feature is gained:

Bestial Fury

Starting at 11th level, when you command your beast companion to take the Attack action, the beast can make two attacks, or it can take the Multiattack action if it has that action. (PHB, Chapter 3: Classes, Ranger, Beast Master, Ranger's Companion, Bestial Fury)

The companion's ability to attack is a function of its Beast Master's levels in the Ranger class, not the Beast Master's other class levels, abilities, nor even the companion's own stat block.

That said, if you wanted to homebrew something like that option, it probably wouldn't be too hard to integrate into the game.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Note that UA: The Ranger, Revised (which is a redesign of the whole class, not a small change) reworks the beast + ranger attack feature into Coordinated Attack: Beginning at 5th level, you and your animal companion form a more potent fighting force. When you use the Attack action on your turn, if your companion can see you, it can use its reaction to make a melee attack. - so the Fighter/Ranger would still get to make 3 attacks, and the companion can make 1, because the PC is taking the Attack action. (Still no more than 1 attack from the companion, though, outside its own turn.) \$\endgroup\$ May 25, 2021 at 9:27

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