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

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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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Can I lead my mount/animal companion on foot during combat?

If my mount/animal companion has reins attached to them which I am holding, and I am on foot, how do I move and bring my mount with me? I can imagine it involves one or more of the following: ...
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Can my backstory give me animal companions?

If I make a backstory for my character in which it would make sense for them to have an animal companion or two (instead of them having a specific class or a feature that says they can or do), is it ...
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How much food should a polar bear eat? [closed]

I am running an Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden game with my table, and the players may manage to convince a polar bear or two of joining them. And where I could run with them using the bears in ...
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Artificer Steel Defender Homebrew

I DM for a player who is playing a level 4 Battle Smith Artificer. The player on numerous occasions has asked for extra enhancements to there class such as "macgyuver a holy hand grenade". ...
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Can a charmed Beast Master ranger's Primal Companion attack the charmer?

If a Beast Master ranger has a Primal Companion, and the ranger is charmed, can the charmed ranger instruct their Primal Companion to attack the charmer? I ask this because the Primal Companion ...
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First time Pathfinder GM and I want to make an animal companion one shot [closed]

This is an odd question, but I figured y'all could help me. I have been playing Pathfinder and DnD for years, but I have never created my own one shot. I am creating a high-level one shot for my ...
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How can I get a more powerful animal companion than my druid level entitles me to?

I would like to make a druid build where my character's power resides in my animal companion(s) and what little druid spellpower I can muster I use to buff it. By powerful I mean most druid level to ...
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How does the confused condition affect a creature with the minion trait?

Creatures with the minion trait (like animal companions or familiars) get 2 actions when their master uses an action to order them to act. The confused condition causes the creature to attack wildly. ...
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What companions have been for sale for Adventurers League players at Fai Chen’s Fantastical Faire?

Fai Chen’s Fantastical Faire is described as a trading opportunity for Adventurers League players. It is also reported that there are opportunities to buy other consumable items but also “companions”: ...
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What actions can animal companions take?

The Pathfinder 2e rules are quite clear about how a character can issue orders to a normal animal, and what that animal can do. The Command an Animal (Core Rulebook pg. 249) Nature skill action states,...
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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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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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If a Beast Master ranger's animal companion has the Awaken spell cast on it, does the ranger still need to spend an action to command it to attack?

If a Beast Master ranger's animal companion has the awaken spell cast on it, does the ranger still need to spend an action to command it to attack? Acting on their own accord, the druid and ranger of ...
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Tasha's Beastmaster & communicating

I've been looking over the recent changes to the Ranger's Beastmaster in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, and I'm trying to figure out the best way for the beast to communicate with the ranger. The ...
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Does a Beast Master Ranger's Companion Level Up With Them?

As the title states, when you choose a Ranger archetype at 3rd level and choose Beast Master to gain a companion, does the companion level up with you as you progress?
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Is this homebrew Circle of the Companion subclass for Druid balanced?

Preamble I've always felt that having an animal companion was a vital element of the class identity of Druids, which the Druid in 5th Edition lacks entirely. It was for this very reason that until ...
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When I cast Simulacrum to make a copy of a creature with a feature like Rangers Companion, do I get a free animal companion to go with it?

The Simulacrum spell contains an interesting clause. It appears to be the same as the original, but it has half the creature's hit point maximum and is formed without any Equipment. Otherwise, the ...
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How do I obtain an animal companion? [duplicate]

coming originally from 3rd edition DnD and recently started 5e, I'm a little bit confused about the use of animal companions in 5e. Is there any possibility to obtain an animal companion outside the ...
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Would it be troublesome to allow a ranger to have a CR 1 beast (or dragon)?

Looking over the CR 1/4 beasts, they seem rather weak. I think it would be more beneficial to allow a ranger to obtain a CR 1 beast. Seeming as rangers receive a beast companion at level 3 (if they ...
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Does the ranger's companion get to make death saving throws?

I play the role of a cleric in a game that also has a ranger. This ranger happens to have a wolf as a companion. It happened a couple of times that the wolf fell to 0 hp and was declared dead by the ...
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How to let a steed make magical attacks?

This question is especially about a steed summoned by Paladin's Find Steed or Find Greater Steed spells, with the assumption that a DM shouldn't make their normal attacks magical. So it should apply ...
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What is the highest number of pets I can have?

What is the maximum number of pets a character can have, within the rules? I would like to figure out the greatest number of minions specific to a character (animal companions, familiars, raised ...
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How can another character make an animal handling check to make a homunculus a companions for other party members?

I plan to give the party an opportunity to find a homonculus in a defeated necromancer lair and possibly make it their animal companion if they wish to. The druid characters could probably make the ...
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Can we get my gestalt E6 character’s dire wolf animal companion/special mount her 21st HD?

In a previous question, I asked about making my strange gestalt E6 character’s mount tougher. I have followed that advice, and as my character is now (among other things) a gestalt of Harmonium ...
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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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Do pouncing animal companions get STR modifier bonuses to Rake attacks?

I have a level 11 druid with a lion animal companion. He gets Pounce, Grab, and Multiattack. If I pounce and get five attacks (bite, 2 claws, 2 rakes), do I apply my STR mod to the rake damage?
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If I select Improved Natural Attack (Claws), does that apply to Rake attacks too?

Claws and Rakes are listed as separate attacks, but Rake's are extra attacks by the creature's claws. If I selected Improved Natural Attack for my Lion Animal Companion, do my Rake attacks also ...
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How to order Ranger's beast to attack with TCoE?

In the PHB there is the Ranger subclass "Beast Master" which gives the opportunity to have a beast companion, which obey all orders from the Ranger. The beast attacks only if the ranger ...
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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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Is there a way to repeatedly make yourself incapacitated, while it's not your turn?

A lot of player 'Companions' (like the Beast and Drake (UA) companion for the Ranger, or the Homunculus Servant or Steel Defender for the artificer) can act more freely if you are incapacitated. Is ...
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Can an animal cast spells via a Ring of Spell Storing? [duplicate]

Based on this question, (answered here), I have a follow up question: Can a normal animal cast spells via a Ring of Spell Storing? It seems that any animal, if properly trained, can attune to the Ring....
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How are tamed animals treated in terms of abilities?

In a campaign I am playing in the DM allows the taming of wild animals, but you have to devote time and resources to training them to follow commands after the initial taming. Would these animals, ...
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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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Does the damage increase for savage/nimble animal companions include the increased strength?

If an animal companion advances to a e.g. a savage companion (through a feat, most of the time), its stats increase: [...] increase its Strength modifier by 2 and its Dexterity, Constitution, and ...
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What is the upkeep cost of a mount, animal companion, or familiar?

The section on animals in the Equipment chapter (Core 294) gives prices for renting or purchasing an animal. However, we haven't been able to find any rules for cost of animal feed or other upkeep. ...
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Are there any rules specifically governing/restricting magic item slots for animal companions?

Animal companions can have barding and horses in particular have access to magical horseshoes, but are there any rules stopping me from making custom magic items for other possible slots? For example: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How do I effectively control a fresh animal companion in a way that doesn't slow down the party?

When an animal companion first starts out, it only knows one trick. Does this mean that if I don't choose something like heel for the first bonus trick than I must attempt to "Push" my companion? ...
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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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Can the Revised Ranger's Beast Companion be an independent mount?

The mounted combat rules say that you can either control a mount, making it move on your turn — but its action can only be Dash, Disengage, or Dodge — or have it be independent, meaning it ...
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Handling the Ranger's proficiency bonus with multi-component Beast Companion attacks

In D&D 5e. the Ranger's beast companion has a lot of special benefits, one of which is: Add your proficiency bonus to the beast's AC, attack rolls, and damage rolls, as well as to any saving ...
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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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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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