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For questions about animals, creatures that exist in the game world and are generally regarded as more commonplace or mundane than monsters.

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What are the rules for owning and training animals?

I'm fairly new to DMing and so is my group, so we are all on a learning curve together. We're playing D&D 5e. Last week a fighter in our group tamed a wolf with Animal Handling and then requested ...
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Can an animal attune to a magic item?

We have previously determined that an awakened creature or a familiar can attune to magic items, but one of those is a sapient creature, and the other "always obeys your commands". A paladin's steed (...
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Can a Druid Wild Shape into a Swarm or “Giant”?

The Players handbook has a list of creatures in the back which are designed for use by the players. Various tweets and materials have said that the players handbook has creatures that players need to ...
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Is a druid in wild shape actually a beast?

Is a druid in wild shape actually a beast? e.g. would the Speak with Animals work to communicate with the druid? You gain the ability to comprehend and verbally communicate with beasts for the ...
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How much can you communicate with your familiar?

The Find Familiar spell states that: While your familiar is within 100 feet of you, you can communicate with it telepathically. and Your familiar acts independently of you, but it always ...
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Does a natural 20 on an animal handling check allow a character to affect a tamed non-animal creature?

One of my players rolled a natural 20 for Animal Handling on a grick which had previously been trained by goblins. What happens to the grick now? Can he tame it or should it just now be calmed?
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How does a dire toad's tongue attack work?

An upcoming encounter with a dire toad (Monster Manual II 74, 76) has me concerned with its tongue attack. The stat block lists the creature's tongue Attack as tongue +5 ranged and the creature's ...
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Applying an Intelligence-boosting Headband to an Animal to teach language?

If you gave an animal a Headband of Vast Intelligence, thus raising its intelligence beyond 2, would that allow it to learn to understand new languages (and speak if it's a thrush for example)? ...
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Can the urchin's pet mouse survive combat?

The background Urchin provides the player with "a pet mouse". Is there any reasonable way to make this mouse survive combat? I would think that the first area of effect spell (say fireball) would kill ...
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Player as animal companion?

I have two players who want to play a druid and his animal companion. While I have no problems with it, I'm concerned that the animal companion player won't be as interested as the others, because he: ...
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Is there anything stopping a druid from combining animals to form a new wild shape?

Wild Shape (PHB Pg. 66) Starting at 2nd level, you can use your action to magically assume the shape of a beast that you have seen before. Wild shape requires that a druid has seen an animal before ...
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How can an animal be trained faster?

Our infrequent sessions make it annoying to track the amount of time that's been spent using Handle Animal to teach a creature a trick. It'd be great if there were a way to teach tricks faster. Is ...
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Can you milk an Ivory Goat?

The Figurine of Wondrous Power (Ivory Goats) Magic item can produce Giant Goats. Having recently acquired this item, I was wondering if you could obtain goat milk from the magically produced Giant ...
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Why is Survival not a class skill for animals?

Question in title. Seems odd that an animal isn't naturally inclined to get bonuses to Survival, which typically involves dealing with the wilds and it's associated difficulties (an animal's natural ...
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Do animals of the same CR summoned by Conjure Animals have to be the same animal?

Do animals of the same CR summoned by conjure animals have to be the same animal? I had a ranger player of mine ask. I know that the DM chooses which animals are summoned, and that the creatures are ...
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Are there any documented rules about owning vanity pets in any D&D edition?

I'd like to start by saying that I'm playing 5E, and with that, my question is whether there's has ever been in D&D in general (1E-5E) a ruleset for dealing with the idea of having Vanity Pets. I....
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How can I get a medium-size goat for my gnome?

I am looking to get a goat as a permanent mount. Nothing fancy, I want to ride her, use it as mule, and be able to do basic tricks with her. I don't plan to use it in combat. If it matters, I am ...
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What do I have to roll to make a horse squeeze through a tight space?

I ran into an issue in my last session - my party headed into an area that is only accessible via tight tunnels. My horse is physically capable of passing through them, but it would have to "squeeze" ...
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What is the fair market price of a Tressym in Forgotten Realms?

In Forgotten Realms there is this ultimate cat-lover pet, the Tressym. It is an intelligent winged cat. It is described in the Storm King's Thunder book. I probably will need a new familiar: What ...
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Can the Conjure Animals spell summon swarms?

The spell conjure animals (PHB, pg. 225) says: You summon fey spirits that take the form of beasts and appear in unoccupied spaces that you can see within range. Choose one of the following options ...
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Rules on taming animals? [duplicate]

One of my players' characters has a habit of taming random wild animals for use in combat in all the games I've hosted with him in them, and so far I've just had him make a series of Animal Handling ...
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How should I handle a PC's pack of animals?

I am a DM and one of the PCs in my group bought five guard dogs. This has produced a couple of problems: Gameplay: I'm handling the dogs' turns in combat since PCs don't get direct control over their ...
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Do either Speak with Animals or Awakened Mind let me use Command on animals?

The spell Command states the following: You speak a one-word command to a creature you can see within range. The target must succeed on a Wisdom saving throw or follow the command on its next turn. ...
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Am I understanding how to calculate a mule's pulling capacity correctly?

Am I understanding how to calculate a mule's pulling capacity correctly? The PHB offers a few bits of information scattered across the chapters, and though I've read answers like this, I'd like to ...
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Difference between Animal Handling Skill and Animal Friendship Spell?

I would like to know what each one actually does. If you have the animal friendship spell, do you need any animal handling?
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How to tame a wild animal?

I stumbled upon this question: My ranger has tamed an absurd number of Animal Companions with Handle Animal In the uses of Handle Animal, most similar thing I have seen is: Rear a Wild Animal ...
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How are statistics determined for an awakened animal?

Do published awakened creatures exist? Is there a stat block in any official text—including Dragon and Dungeon magazines—for a creature that's been the target of the 5th-level Drd spell awaken [trans]...
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How can I protect my pet falcon?

My group is starting a new campaign (beginning at level 4) and I'm going to play an evil paladin that trusts no one. However, he does have a pet falcon — my DM is okay with this, but is warning me of ...
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What are the Limits to rearing Wild Animals?

I am about to start a Pathfinder campaign as a Gnome Cavalier and just discovered the wonders of Handle Animal. More specifically, the ability to raise wild animals as domestic pets and war beasts. I ...
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How to tame an adult wild animal

First campaign ever that I am part of, is going on for about a year (once or twice per month), and I still consider myself a roleplaying n00b. Just found out that, except for these heavy books that ...
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Can the tentacle created by Gutsnake be affected by Animal Growth?

In the Spell Compendium, there is a spell Gutsnake that creates a tentacle coming out of the caster's stomach. Then it states: The tentacle created by the gutsnake spell is equivalent to a giant ...
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Where do I find the rules prohibiting animals from learning certain skills?

I remember some rules existing about certain skills being inappropriate for animals, or beyond their ability to use — either they don't get to take them in the first place, or the GM can forbid ...
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Do magic items granting an animal extra tricks stack with already known tricks?

Lets say I buy a Giant Chameleon for a mount/battle partner. Since the chameleon has int 2, it can learn 6 tricks, so I teach it 6. I then put a Bridle of Tricks on it (assuming the bridle tricks are ...
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How is animal anatomy accounted for in Pathfinder?

In the dark wanderer's answer to "How can my party improve our overland travel speed?", it is quite seriously suggested that (skeletal) horses should use trekking poles to increase their speed. As ...