Questions tagged [animal-companions]

For questions about animal companions. Obtaining them, controlling them, their abilities, and their interactions with other rules or mechanics.

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Can a Beast Master ranger have its beast chase down and attack enemies?

I have two related questions. I'm looking for RAW answers, as I play in Adventurers League. Say you are outside: Can a Beast Master Ranger command their pet to chase down enemies? Like having a ...
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Should my UA Ranger slaughter her Animal Companions when she is done with them?

I'm in the process of converting my PHB Ranger to a UA Ranger. In doing so I'm looking with particular interest at the differences this has on the Animal Companion. The new features that have caught ...
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The Beast Master ranger adds their proficiency bonus to their animal companion's AC; is the result its new base AC?

As per the Ranger Companion feature, you can add your proficiency bonus to your companion's AC. I would like to know how to interpret this in terms of AC calculation. Could I interpret as though my ...
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Can my UA revised ranger's animal companion use Coordinated Attack if I am riding it?

If I'm riding my animal companion for my class (UA revised ranger), can my animal companion make an attack using the following ability? Coordinated Attack Beginning at 5th level, you and your ...
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What happens to a UA revised Beast Conclave ranger's Animal Companion's ASIs when it dies?

The Beast Conclave feature "Companion's Bond" from the UA revised ranger says this: Whenever you gain the Ability Score Improvement class feature, your companion’s abilities also improve. Your ...
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Do I include animal companions when calculating difficulty of an encounter?

I have a player who is playing a beast master ranger and I was wondering: do I calculate the level of the animal companion when making encounters?
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Do the rules for carrying capacity apply to animal companions?

Imagine a Ranger Beast Master with a Hawk animal companion. A player wants their helpful hawk to carry gear for the party. The hawk wears a specially made harness with a pack dangling from it for ...
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Does a mounted attacking Beast Master ranger cancel Charge/Pounce-like abilities?

Certain creatures have attacks like charge or pounce, which allows them to do something special after travelling a certain distance. For example, see the panther: If the panther moves at least 20 ...
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How does Share Spells work with animal companions for continuous effects?

Right okay so here's a question I'm hoping someone can provide clarity to under the D&D 3.5 rule set. I've used the PHB, DMG and the 3.0 Rules of the Game Animals Part 4 to research an answer ...
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What happens when you roll a nat 20 on an Animal Handling check? [closed]

My Dragonborn Barbarian has animal handling as part of his skillset, which he used to tame a wolf collected from a goblin camp. Now this wolf has proven to be the unsung MVP of our recent encounters ...
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Can my backstory give me animal companions?

If I make a good backstory for my character is it possible to get an animal companion or two due to my backstory if the game master accepts it? The animals I want are an owlbear and a chimaera. I want ...
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Can the Haste spell grant both a Beast Master ranger and their animal companion extra attacks?

Backstory: I’m currently working on a level 20 character build for a one shot I’m doing, I want to play a level 15 Beast Master Ranger/ level 5 Divine Soul Sorcerer. By doing such I’m giving Myself ...
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Can a Beast Master ranger change beast companions?

Can a Beast Master ranger change beasts? Let's say I have a hawk, but I see a nice panther. Can I simply perform the 8 hour bonding with the panther and say goodbye to my hawk? The manual describes ...
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What could you give to a Hawk animal companion to improve their battle effectiveness? [closed]

An idea I had was poisoning their talons, but one would have to keep dapping their talons in poison each encounter. Anything else you can think of? For a Ranger with a Hawk/Falcon animal companion.
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Does the Stirge blood drain allow it to flank as well?

I am playing a Beast Master ranger with a stirge animal companion. I know that once a stirge is attached to an enemy, it doesn't need to use its action or anything; Blood Drain's damage is passive/...
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Is a pteranodon too powerful as a beast companion for a beast master?

I’ve just started to play D&D with a few of my friends and we're unsure if a beast master having a pteranodon as their beast companion would be unbalanced. I’m playing as a flying character (an ...
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If an animal companion wears barding without armor proficiency, do they incur the penalties? [duplicate]

Suppose a ranger puts barding on their animal companion to boost its AC. Does wearing the armor cause this creature to have disadvantage on its attacks, ability checks, and saving throws? Or does the ...
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How can I improve the survivability of the Beast Master's animal companion?

I am brand spanking new to D&D. I have picked a Beast Master Ranger as my first class and I'm having serious issues with the survivability of the animal companion. I picked a Panther as my pet. I ...
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Do any of the books contain (magic) items for animal companions?

Context An 11th level PC in a game that I DM is a ranger6/rogue3/warlock2. He noticed that his animal companion, a black panther, could use a little boost to her defenses, as she goes down frequently....
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What is the minimum amount of skill points per HD?

I've been playing D&D 5e for about 1,5 year now (as DM and PC), and sometimes play D&D 3.5e as a half-orc ranger (level 3 currently). I don't own any 3.5 books, and only use the online SRD. ...
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What happens if a druid uses Share Spells to share a spell that blocks extraordinary abilities with their companion?

Yesterday my druid used Share Spell to cast Primal Form (Spell Compendium, p. 161) on her brown bear companion for the nice earth form damage reduction. But after re-reading the spell, we started to ...
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What is the evidence, if any, that the Ranger Beast Master archetype is comparatively underpowered?

I have seen various claims that the Ranger's Beast Master Archetype is underpowered, compared to other ranger archetypes and/or classes. I have searched for some factual analysis that would support ...
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I killed a PC's animal companion at the end of last session, but later realized it should have survived; what are my options?

Notes: I am the DM, my players are a group of 7, levels of 11 or 12. So, our last weeks session ended with a black dragon releasing an acid breath attack on the only visible enemies in a courtyard. ...
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Can a Devoted Tracker’s companion/mount get share powers?

I have a character who has a special mount that also counts as an animal companion, per the Devoted Tracker feat from Complete Adventurer. Is there any way of gaining the share powers ability (as ...
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Does the DC for the effect of a Beast Master ranger's animal companion's attack ever increase?

A similar question has been asked for Pathfinder, but I could not find any specific rules for 5e. As an example, we have a Beast Master ranger with a wolf companion. The wolf has an added effect on ...
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Can a druid trade an existing animal companion for a feat or something?

A player wants a druid or ranger alternative class feature or special ability that would allow his PC to dismiss his animal companion to get something else of similar value. The player would really ...
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Is this “Gelatinous Noob” ranger's animal companion balanced?

A while back I was struck with the idea of making a Beast Master ranger who has for their "animal" companion a miniature Gelatinous Cube. I set out to create the stats for said cube. Ignoring anything ...
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Do enemy animal companions give XP?

So I'm creating an enemy level 9 druid NPC for my Pathfinder game I DM. The enemy has a bear as an animal companion and I want to know if I should reward XP for killing the bear, in addition to the ...
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How is the ankylosaurus animal companion's stun DC calculated?

So in my last question, Dinosaur Damage Dilemma, I was talking about damage for an Ankylosaurus and I realised that while the dinosaur can stun, the DC would be different for an animal companion. It ...
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How do I increase the damage of an ankylosaurus companion’s tail without reducing its attack bonus?

The Dinosaur As a druid thinking of using an ankylosaurus as an animal companion, I'm interested to see the damage one might get out of it. Unfortunately, it hits one per round at best and its ...
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Can a Ranger bond with a beast that’s secretly an Angel in disguise?

In my game there’s a Ranger who is a demigod and doesn’t know it (my homebrew, but shouldn’t affect the question I have). He has a pet “lizard” who is actually a polymorphed Deva in disguise that his ...
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How can a Beast Master ranger's animal companion overcome resistance to non-magical attacks?

The 5e Beast Master ranger's animal companion has a rather significant drawback in some mid- or high-level campaigns. Because animal companions never gain the magical attack feature and due to the ...
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What counts as an attack for the Attack action of a Beast Master ranger's animal companion?

Monsters have attacks listed among their actions. From the Basic Rules: The most common actions that a monster will take in combat are melee and ranged attacks. [...] Any damage dealt or other ...
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Can a Beast Master command their stirge companion to use Blood Drain and then Dodge on subsequent turns, dealing damage due to blood loss?

I'm trying to optimize the damage done by a ranged Beast Master ranger, and was thinking of choosing the Stirge as a companion. Blood Drain. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, 5 (1d4 + 3) piercing ...
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Does the Devoted Tracker feat allow you to take an unconventional animal companion?

The paladin mount allows the character to take unconventional creatures as their mounts, such as dragons, magical beasts and things like that. The druid/ranger animal companion must be an animal. ...
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What Enchantment wizard spells would synergize well with a Beast Master ranger's animal companion? [closed]

I'm just getting into my first character, and planning on eventually multiclassing Beast Master ranger and Enchantment wizard. What enchantment wizard spells would synergize well with a Beast Master'...
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How can I homebrew a unique demonic animal companion for my player's moon druid? [closed]

As a DM I get a question from one of my players in my group, there are five people. However, it is the third level tiefling moon druid who asked "if he can have an animal companion later on in the ...
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Can my AL halfling ranger have a pteranodon animal companion?

Is it Adventurers League legal for a halfling ranger to use the Pteranodon as an animal companion in Eberron where halflings routinely ride dinosaurs?
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Does a Ranger's animal companion level up when multiclassing?

I'm currently playing a level 4 ranger and I'm thinking about multi-classing. I want to know if my animal companion gains a level when I take a level that isn't in Ranger? Thank you for helping.
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At third-level, are rangers allowed to select a drake as their animal companion?

I wasn't able to find anything about this in 5th Edition. A drake seems that it would exceed the 1/4 challenge rating stated in the PHB. In this specific campaign, our Dungeon Master allows anything ...
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How can a Druid get an animal companion? [duplicate]

I was wondering whether or not there is any non homebrew method other than multi-classing, for a druid character to get an animal companion. If not I would appreciate some advice for implementing the ...
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As a Beast Conclave revised ranger, how do I calculate my ape companion's statistics?

I'm trying to do the maths on the statistics for an ape companion for the UA revised ranger beastmaster. However, I'm a little confused with its +5 to both attacks. Is that based on Strength + Prof? I ...
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How to calculate a revised ranger's animal companion's skill bonuses?

The Beast Conclave revised ranger (from Unearthed Arcana: Revised Ranger) gains an animal companion. The Companion's Bond feature description states: Your companion uses your proficiency bonus ...
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Does a swarm monger druid get an animal companion if they take Animal Ally?

If a swarm monger druid takes the Nature Soul and Animal Ally feat, can the swarm monger have a rat familiar and a dire rat animal companion? Would the final sentence of Animal ally bring the dire rat ...
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How is a bonded mount's base attack bonus calculated?

A paladin can choose a bonded mount at level 5. It references the Animal Companion feature from the Druid class. This is the animal companion’s base attack bonus. An animal companion’s base attack ...
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Do characters know when their familiars/animal companions die?

The find familiar spell description states: When the familiar drops to 0 hit points, it disappears, leaving behind no physical form. It reappears after you cast this spell again. While your ...
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How does the Beast Master Ranger's Extra Attack work?

According to the PHB, the Beast Master's companion acts on your initiative but can't attack, dash, disengage, dodge, or help unless you consume your action to command it to do so. That said, there is ...
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If Beast Master Rangers could use bonus actions to attack with their companion, what problems would occur?

If a clause was added to Beast Master Rangers to allow them to spend a bonus action to have their companion to make a single attack after the ranger makes their own Attack action, what would the ...
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Animal companions for rangers getting a mule or donkey instead of pony or horse

I am in a pathfinder group and the entire group is new to the game, we are using just the core rulebook. I have a ranger and as I won't be able to get boon companion - any pet can easily be a ...
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How to balance a character that stole enemy pets?

Me and my players are running Hoard of the Dragon Queen and we just reached the dragon hatchery. One of my dragonborn players reached the Drake Nursery. Through some Animal Handling check, the ability ...