Questions tagged [animal-companions]

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Would these adjustments to the ranger archetype Beast Master to help the animal companion be more useful make it too powerful?

I recently playtested a Beast Master ranger from level 1 to level 20 (I was playtesting a new homebrew archetype, which was my primary reason for doing so; the Beast Master ranger was just one of the ...
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Can an urban druid use their companion creature as a divine focus?

Urban druids can have a manufactured object like a gear or a horseshoe as a divine focus, and their companion creature can be a small animated object. Is there anything stopping them from having an ...
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Is this homebrew Snapping Turtle balanced as an animal companion for the UA Revised Ranger (Beast Conclave)?

The player of the ranger in my group asked me the other day if I could make her a snapping turtle for an animal companion (she is using the UA Revised Ranger, Beast Conclave). After looking in the ...
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Which type of horse does a character get as an animal companion?

I'm currently playing a dwarfen cavalier. According to the rules, he can chose a horse or a camel as a Mount. But there are at least two types of horses: a light and a heavy one. Since he is a ...
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How did the role of animal companions change between different editions of D&D, and which classes had access to them?

In D&D 3.5, druids had animal companions. In D&D 5e, only the Beast Master ranger subclass seems to get one. This made me wonder about the history of this feature in general. Which classes ...
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As a DM I gave our dwarf cleric a bear cub as a companion, what can I do? [closed]

So I'm with 2 PCs, playing D&D essentials kit. Most of the time we follow the plot, add some extra things there and here and of course doing some improve. I try to stick to some of the rules but ...
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Would this Owlbear Cub be balanced as a Beast Master Ranger's Companion?

The players in my campaign just hit third level and the Ranger is planning on taking the Beast Master path. She wanted a baby Owlbear as her companion, but of course there are 2 hurdles. There aren't ...
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Will a mature animal companion with Haste get 2 actions when not commanded?

I tried to do this in a game, but the GM said I couldn’t and became irate when I asked why. He gave me an explanation that I didn’t think made sense. But instead of saying after the game we’ll ...
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How does level advancement in the Beast Master Ranger effect the stats of a UA Class Feature Variant, Ranger Companion Option; Beast of the Air/Earth?

It is unclear to me how to reconcile the UA enhanced Class Feature Variant; Ranger Companion Option with the Beast Master Ranger’s Companion feature rules (PHB p.93). Specifically, in the case of a ...
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When an animal companion does damage because of a support action, does it add its strength?

The support ability of an animal companion says that they will inflict d8 damage if their Ranger/Druid/friend successfully hits something that they can reach; is the animal companion's strength bonus ...
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Calculating HP for UA beast master animal companion

I am a very new DM in DnD 5e, and one of my players is a ranger. As I was browsing through posts here and there we decided to use the UA, as everyone is saying the RAW ranger is lackluster. She ...
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Is this Astral Rat a reasonable magic pet?

I'm looking to develop a magical pet for one of my wizard PCs, I'm the DM and this is my first time as such so I wanted to ensure I wasn't creating something which could cause chaos. After watching ...
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Command action for strike summons/minion

Wonder if someone could help. I have created a pathfinder 2e Druid character with an animal companion (Bear) and a Summon Fey spell (Sprite). Can the bear only attack my enemy when commanded? From ...
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How many times does a Mature Animal Companion attack per encounter without orders?

The Mature Animal Companion feat for Rangers (CRB p173) is really ambigious: If you have the Hunt Prey action, your animal companion assaults the prey even without your orders. During an encounter, ...
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Where can I find my Animal Companion's AC?

For familiars, it is quite easy to find that they have your AC. How can I find the AC of my Animal Companion?
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Animal companion: roll additional HDs or not?

When a druid reaches level 3, his animal companion earns two hit dice. Do I have to roll them to give him more hp or is it only a number to use, for example, for spell effects? The manual also says ...
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Is it possible to fool an animal companion?

Is it possible to fool an animal companion impersonating its owner? For example, if a druid is fighting with his party and its animal companion - let's say a wolf - would its opponent be able to get ...
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Rules on “Pets on shoulder”

Are there specific rules that determine what happens if, let's say, my pet eagle lands on my shoulder in-combat? Does it get an AC bonus? Do I move slower? Do we move together? Or should I talk to ...
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Does the UA Beast Conclave revised ranger let you add your proficiency bonus to both the Boar companion's Tusk damage roll and its Charge damage roll?

I am just hoping to get some clarification on this one. The UA Ranger Beast Conclave's Companion's Bond feature says: In addition to the areas where it normally uses its proficiency bonus, an animal ...
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Can a Wild Shaped Druid Command an Animal Companion?

As a Druid, you can take both the Wild Order (gaining Wild Shape) and the Animal Order (gaining an Animal Companion) via Order Explorer (Druid Feat 2). To be most effective, you would likely wish to ...
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Does a Beast Master Ranger's animal companion gain more actions when its master becomes incapacitated?

This question comes from discussion in the comments to the question "Can my Beast Master ranger's baboon animal companion use her Wand of Magic Missiles?" The description of the Beast Master ranger's ...
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Can my Beast Master ranger's baboon animal companion use her Wand of Magic Missiles?

I am playing a Beast Master ranger. My baboon animal companion* obeys commands as best as it can. Can it use a wand of magic missiles? The baboon has hands, and the wand does not require attunement ...
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Is there a way to make a Beast Master ranger's animal companion able to read a language?

Let's say I am a Beast Master ranger and have a baboon animal companion. Is there a spell or magic item that would let it know how to read? Write?
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What to do as a player when ranger animal companion dies

I recently found myself in a situation where my PHB Beastmaster's animal companion was killed. There were no suitable beasts in the vicinity. As we were partway through a dungeon the party was ...
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Can an animal companion's support benefit be triggered by a cantrip?

Many of the support benefits contain the condition "Until the start of your next turn, your Strikes that deal damage to a creature that your companion threatens" (pp. 215-216). Strikes are ...
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Can a blood hawk animal companion be commanded to carry around their beast master? [duplicate]

Let's say a gnome Beast Master ranger chooses a Blood Hawk animal companion, is the companion able to follow the order to pick up and carry the PC? I'm more looking at the possible issue of ...
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Can a Beast Master ranger choose a swarm as an animal companion?

The Beast Master ranger's Ranger's Companion feature says: At 3rd level, you gain a beast companion that accompanies you on your adventures and is trained to fight alongside you. Choose a beast ...
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How can I help our ranger feel special about her beast companion?

I am not DM, just a player. In our party of newbies we have a (PHB) ranger who just recently got her beast companion (a panther if you're curious). The problem is our party also found a cat with ...
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Can an animal companion Stirge take an action while utilizing Drain Blood?

If a Stirge chosen as a Beast Master ranger's animal companion has had the dragon's Breath spell cast on it, can it use its action to spew magical energy (per dragon's breath) while blood draining?
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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 animal ...
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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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