I (the DM) had this thought that the familiar who belongs to an evil wizard far away from the players was delivering a message to the Bugbear leader of a band of goblins who was under the command of said wizard to search an ancient crypt. Can a familiar be given a command to travel that distance and deliver a message? The only thing I can find regarding range in the PHB is 100 feet for telepathic communication and 1 mile for empathetic communication.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Can you tell us what you meant when you chose the [rules-as-written] tag? \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Feb 25 '16 at 18:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ Wouldn't that just be a request for a rules citation to support the answer? \$\endgroup\$ – keithcurtis Jun 26 '16 at 16:55


The familiar can travel any distance from the caster. The rules only limit communication, not travel. Also, someone else recently asked this to Mike Mearls, and he confirmed that is what RAW and RAI say: Does a familiar have a max distance it can be from it's master?

Those limits on communication are greatly expanded for Warlocks with the Pact of Chain boon and the Invocation Master of Chain -- where the familiar can be communicated with, and see through senses used, anywhere on the same plane of existence.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Moreover the caster can always temporarily dismiss his familiar as an action, and resummon it near him, making for a very quick return trip. Some divination to know if the familiar has reach its goal my be required. \$\endgroup\$ – Sent_ Feb 25 '16 at 15:24

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