When a Druid's animal companion's hit points drops to 0 (or lower), does it die? Or does it becomes disabled (unconscious) and can it be healed by the party cleric? What about Wizard familiars?


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All living creatures:

Die at −10 HP, and are Dying from −1 to −9 HP. They can be brought back to life with spells like raise dead. Animal companions and familiars don’t have any particular special rules for this.

Constructs and the undead are just destroyed when they hit 0 HP. They, and Outsiders and Elementals, are much harder to bring back to life.

Animal Companions

Can be replaced relatively easily:

If a druid releases her companion from service, she may gain a new one by performing a ceremony requiring 24 uninterrupted hours of prayer. This ceremony can also replace an animal companion that has perished.


Not so easily replaced; the ceremony to get one costs 100 gp, and more importantly,

If the familiar dies or is dismissed by the sorcerer, the sorcerer [or wizard] must attempt a DC 15 Fortitude saving throw. Failure means he loses 200 experience points per sorcerer level; success reduces the loss to one-half that amount. [...] A slain or dismissed familiar cannot be replaced for a year and day.

Note that this XP loss happens even if you bring the familiar back to life with e.g. raise dead.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thank you for your quick answer! One more stupid question: If enemies (NPC ruled by DM) are living creatures and have healing spells than in combat they first fall to dying with possibility to be bringed back to life? I dont mean parties like 4 Goblins. And can be animal companion healed by Cleric or only by Druid itself? \$\endgroup\$
    – Iver Cold
    Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 2:07
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    \$\begingroup\$ @ZiCold If they are dying but not dead (between −1 and −9 HP), yes, they can be healed. Once dead, they have to use more powerful magic like raise dead, which isn't likely to happen in combat. Healing spells work on anything alive, so the cleric can heal the druid's animal companion. The druid might get some special animal companion-only healing spells; I don't remember. \$\endgroup\$
    – KRyan
    Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 2:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thans for your answer again! \$\endgroup\$
    – Iver Cold
    Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 2:22

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