I am new to Dungeons and Dragons and was wondering if only certain races or classes are allowed to have certain companions. Looking through some options, I rather enjoyed the idea of having a pixie companion as a human fighter, but wasn't sure if it was allowed.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Hey! Listen! Hey! Listen! Hey! Listen! \$\endgroup\$
    – Barret
    May 3, 2015 at 14:22
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    \$\begingroup\$ What exactly do you mean by "companion"? If you mean that a pixie just decides to join you in your adventure then wouldn't anything be able to reasonably do that? Or do you mean something closer to a Familiar? \$\endgroup\$
    – Javelin
    May 3, 2015 at 16:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ What is the difference between a companion and a familiar? \$\endgroup\$
    – Yahuligan
    May 4, 2015 at 1:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Yahuligan A 'familiar,' in the context of Javelin's comment, is a mechanical benefit that you may acquire depending on the choices you make as you build your character. A 'companion,' in the broadest possible sense, is someone whose company you keep. There is overlap between the concepts, but not all companions are gained through class features; Many are hirelings, for example, or people you're escorting, or just travellers heading to the same destination who you met on the road. The other PCs can count as companions, for instance. Does your pixie have to be granted by a class ability? \$\endgroup\$
    – GMJoe
    May 4, 2015 at 1:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ Basically what i want is to be able to control my pixie as a kind of utility and have it cast spells when i want it too and not have it be controlled by the DM \$\endgroup\$
    – Yahuligan
    May 4, 2015 at 4:15

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Your options sorted by how much DM approval they need, sorted from least to most:

Rules As Written: Warlock

RAW, the only way for you to get yourself a pixie companion is to be a level 3 warlock and select Pact of the Chain specialization. (Technically it's a sprite and not a pixie but I assume "flying tiny fairy" is what you're looking for). So you could multiclass into warlock. You'd pick up some useful spells (Hex in particular) and your sprite would be more effective than a normal familiar, but it's not an optimal choice and you wouldn't get your pixie for 3 more levels.

Refluff Familiar: Eldritch Knight or a Feat

With the level 1 spell Find Familiar, you can get yourself a fey animal as a familiar. A sprite, like the other alternative familiars, has features beyond a normal familiar and is not in your list of options for the Find Familiar spell.

However, flying is an option (a hawk or owl), so fairy without extra features wouldn't be unbalancing. If you talk to your DM, they might be willing you to refluff (meaning change the description of a spell, ability, class, etc. without actually changing the mechanics.) your familiar into a tiny winged person instead of an animal.

In which case, getting the Find Familiar spell is much easier. At level 3, you can choose to become and Eldritch Knight, gaining 3 level 1 wizard spells, one of which could be Find Familiar.

If you'd rather not be an Eldritch Knight or you don't want to wait until level 3, you could use your variant Human feat to pick up Magic Initiate. It gives you two cantrips and one level 1 spell. So for the cost of a feat, you've got a familiar from the beginning and you're still free to pick whatever fighter specialization you want.

Background: Noble: Knight

I think most DMs would be willing to let you refluff your familiar as long as you aren't expecting any extra mechanical benefits. But what if your DM is feeling generous?

The noble background has a variant (Knight) that allows you to have three retainers. They are explicitly commoners who will only perform mundane tasks and not participate in combat at all. But it doesn't specify their race. A generous DM might rule that one could be a pixie.

Roleplay It

Finally, you could find an NPC pixie. All previous points have focused on mechanical character features. They assume that you're trying to have a companion under your direct control. But Navi wasn't a class feature. She was a quest feature.

If you can convince a pixie that your quest is worthy, that you're just so awesome to hang around with, or that you will reward them, they might follow you around. This could happen in game, or you could discuss it with your DM as part of character creation. Work together to come up with a backstory that explains why a fairy wants to follow you around.

Just be prepared for it not to necessarily be an entirely beneficial situation. Maybe the pixie isn't actually following you out of benevolence, maybe you wrecked their grove and won't leave you alone until you make amends. Maybe they'd be lacking in social graces or will give away your position. Or maybe they'd be really annoying.

  • \$\begingroup\$ So if i wanted to create a sun elf noble eldritch knight for example what kinds of stats would i need to be able to get that balance betweeen fighter and wizard? \$\endgroup\$
    – Yahuligan
    May 4, 2015 at 4:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Yahuligan Advice on creating an Eldritch Knight is outside the scope of this question, but here are a few pointers: 1) As Fighter, your damage dealing stat is your most important stat. It could be strength OR dex depending upon your weapon choice. 2) Constitution is important for everyone but especially for frontline fighters. 3) Eldritch Knights cast using Intelligence, so it's an important stat for them. 4) There are optimization guides available that go into great detail but I don't think I would recommend them for someone who is new to D&D. It might warp your experience. \$\endgroup\$
    – Barret
    May 4, 2015 at 13:59

There is no class ability or feat in the official published D&D 5th edition rules that grants a single-class fighter a familiar or animal companion, much less a magical creature such as a Pixie. However, there also isn't any similar ability granting them the ability to have a pet dog, a romantic interest, or parents.

The simplest method for a DM to incorporate a pixie companion to a single-class fighter is to treat the Pixie as a Non-Player Character, possibly affected by the loyalty system described in the DM's guide, and definitely awarded a full share of XP for any combat encounter they participate in.

While it would not be difficult to write up a feat or martial archtype that grants a single-class fighter some magical companion, it should probably be more complicated than just using one feat to have a Pixie under the player's control. Although a pixie is only 1/4 CR, it has a selection of spell-like abilities that can be game-breaking at low levels.

The easiest way to give some actual game-rule credence to a human fighter's pixie companion might be for the human fighter to take the eldritch knight archtype at 3rd level, and interpret the various abilities as the pixie's magic rather than that of the fighter themselves. Abilities that don't quite match up could be adjusted at your DM's discretion, for which there are also guidelines in the DM's guide.

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    \$\begingroup\$ This answers the question in a way that's too literally- you mean the D&D monster "pixie" while the person asking means the general fantastical fairy "pixie"-- Quasit or Imp familiar can fit that role very nicely with fey patron warlocks (minimal refluff required) \$\endgroup\$
    – Z.Moe
    May 16, 2016 at 19:14

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