The SRD says potions can be administered by others with a full-round action:

Drinking a potion or using an oil is a standard action. The potion or oil takes effect immediately. Using a potion or oil provokes attacks of opportunity.


A character can carefully administer a potion to an unconscious creature as a full-round action, trickling the liquid down the creature's throat.

Can my familiar feed me while I'm conscious and in combat? If so, does it require expenditure of effort larger than a free action by the imbiber? Would the imbiber provoke AoOs? Can I get a drinking tumor?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Coincidence: I just used my familiar to feed me a potion and a good berry on two separate turns in 5E. Ravens are smart! \$\endgroup\$ Aug 18, 2015 at 2:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ Is this part of a larger plan to have your pet raven feed you grapes? \$\endgroup\$
    – GMJoe
    Aug 18, 2015 at 7:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ @GMJoe No, but I like your hedonistic thinking and skepticism. Here's some meta-XP. \$\endgroup\$
    – NiteCyper
    Aug 18, 2015 at 20:23

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The limits would ultimately be up to your GM. But consider this:

  • Your familiar has an empathic link to you, would know that you are in danger and need assistance.
  • Your familiar is intelligent and can make its own decisions.
  • Your familiar would be familiar with equipment you have and could know what it is capable of, depending on dialogue with your familiar.
  • Your familiar may need to be physically capable of doing the action for you. For example, a rodent would be more capable of manipulating an object with its hands in order to hold the potion, open the cork, and pour/spill it into your mouth while also prying your mouth open in order to administer it. A snake on the other hand, would have a little difficulty of performing such an act, and would require some very clever roleplaying before your GM "buys off" on the idea.
  • Your familiar would be subject to all rules within combat that you would be. If your familiar provokes an attack of opportunity, then the potion could be a target, since it would be held by the creature provoking the opportunity, under the Damaging Objects rules.
  • If you have the prerequisites to obtain a tumor, then yes you would be able to have one - it would be a little harder to pull off if you are not an Alchemist. If you are unconscious, how would the tumor benefit from a potion in order to administer it to you? If you are conscious, then there shouldn't be too much of a problem.
  • The tumor resembles an animal, not an article of clothing. But ask your GM - he may like the idea and allow you to go along with it.
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    \$\begingroup\$ Did you, too, misread conscious as unconscious? \$\endgroup\$ Aug 18, 2015 at 7:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ I don't believe this answers the question as asked - In particular the Action Economy involved and if an AoO is provoked - Would the potion be eligible as a sunder target? \$\endgroup\$
    – Nyoze
    Aug 18, 2015 at 7:30
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Nyoze There were many questions asked. Many questions answered. Edited to accomodate Sunder target. \$\endgroup\$
    – Ruut
    Aug 18, 2015 at 7:36
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    \$\begingroup\$ @HeyICanChan Yes... yes I did. \$\endgroup\$
    – Ruut
    Aug 18, 2015 at 7:38

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