Can a warlock with the Pact of the Chain Boon have any familiar regardless of the warlock's and familiar's alignments? Is it permissible, as an example, for a Lawful Good Warlock to have a Chaotic Evil quasit as a familiar?

With this in mind would a CE Quasit (or similar intelligent creature) even serve a LG warlock .. or as the MM describes would the quasit simply end it's service.


Yes. The only restrictions on a warlock's familiar are those presented in Pact of the Chain and in find familiar itself.

Pact of the Chain tells us that the warlock can even cast find familiar, and that they have some additional forms available to them. (PHB p.107)

Find familiar has no restrictions on the alignment of caster or of familiar. (PHB p.240)

N.B. You're not actually summoning a quasit, in your example. You're summoning a familiar, a spirit, that takes the form of a quasit. But the familiar does have "the statistics of the chosen form" which does include alignment (MM pp.6-11). So, by RAW, your familiar does inherit the alignment of its form.

However... "the alignment specified in a monster's stat block is the default. Feel free to depart from it..." (MM. p.7) So while most quasits are CE--and perhaps all quasits tend to CE?--this is definitely a situation where things are left to be worked out on a case-by-case basis.

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There is nothing in either the Pact rules or the find familiar spell that links the familiar to the alignment of the caster. I would allow even a LG warlock to take on a CE quasit, either in a vain attempt to prove that good can triumph over nature, or with the understanding that bending a CE demon to the cause of good has some great benefit.

If you look at the Quasit Familiar option in the MM it suggests that while it will obey the warlock like a true familiar it will goad the warlock to greater acts of chaos and evil.

Lastly, the Pact does not actually technically require a quasit familiar be CE. The Find Familiar spell does not summon an actual living creature but a spirit that takes an animal form with the beast type replace by a choice of fiend, fey, or celestial (or in the case of Pact of the Chain, an imp, quasit, etc.). I would allow a player to take bind a familiar spirit with the same alignment as them in any form. I.e., a LG celestial quasit would be available.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I agree with your point, but as you say the Pact of the Chain says it takes one of the standard forms or one of the special forms ... The operative word being FORM. If it is just a familiar, and not really a quasit, does it still get all the special abilities that quasits gets (invisibity, scare, etc) \$\endgroup\$ – Pawketz Jul 28 '16 at 23:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Pawketz No. See this answer here. \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Jul 29 '16 at 0:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ WOW! That's awesome information.. that is extremely helpful, thank you for pointing that out. \$\endgroup\$ – Pawketz Jul 29 '16 at 0:19

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