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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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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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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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Is there a food chain in the Forgotten Realms? What would prey on an Owlbear?

Although I am running a homebrew campaign, a lot of the typical fantasy tropes carry over, such as large forests filled with a wealth of creatures. Specifically, I'm looking for a forest creature ...
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Is a Centaur PC considered an animal when calculating carrying capacity for vehicles?

Is a Centaur PC considered an animal when calculating carrying capacity for vehicles? I'm pretty sure I know the answer, but I wanted to double check. Mounts and Vehicles. An animal pulling a ...
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How much do sheep cost?

How much does it cost to buy a sheep? I can't find this information anywhere. I've looked at the equipment tables in the PHB don't see any sheep.
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Is it inconvenient for the DM if I make a pet to go with my character?

I am fairly new to Dungeons & Dragons. While making my character (Half-Elf Rogue) I thought that it would be cool if my PC owned a pet to tie into her background, as my background as an Urchin ...
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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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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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How to give a whale barding?

A level 3 druid character wants to help animals by making them capable of overcoming the threat of humans and other sentient races. To this end, his life goal is to equip a blue whale with plate armor,...
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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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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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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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Can you use Druidcraft to grow edible food for an herbivorous animal?

One of the effects of the druidcraft cantrip is the following: You instantly make a flower blossom, a seed pod open, or a leaf bud bloom. I am wondering whether you could use that effect to grow ...
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Foxes for druids and rangers

I’m starting a new D&D5 campaign. One of my players loves foxes, so I would like to provide them as an option for wild shape and animal companions, along with a giant variant. Unfortunately, the ...
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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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How can I make a swarm of cats?

The PCs in my homebrew campaign setting are finally to the point where a lone cat is not an excessively dangerous foe, yet a clowder of cats could still worry them. However, my research efforts have ...
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How to handle a dog in AD&D 2nd ed?

I found a bunch of my 2nd ed D&D books recently and managed to talk someone into playing a 1 DM 1 PC campaign (I'm hoping to convince them that investing in a newer edition would be fun). They ...
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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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LMOP: what beasts live in Neverwinter Wood?

I'm DM'ing for the first time, for a group of first-time players. I chose the LMOP-campaign because it would be the easiest both for them as for me. This week, we had our first session. 3 of the ...
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Where is the barding trick?

I remember reading in a first-party book that the ability to wear barding could be taught as an animal trick. The internet in general seems to take this as a given. But I just spent quite a while ...
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Can a Medium-sized creature ride a mule?

The rules for mounting a creature say "A willing creature that is at least one size larger than you and that has an appropriate anatomy can serve as a mount." So a Medium-sized creature, like a Human, ...
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How do you determine when an animal is Hostile to the PCs?

I'm trying to understand how as a GM to handle encounters with creatures such as wolves, bears, giant rats, etc. Are animals always hostile to the PCs or is there always an element of animal handling ...
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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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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 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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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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combat bison price and stats correct?

The Ride skill rules says that a combat-trained bison, a CR-4 animal, costs 75 gp. A Handle Animal check of DC 10 seems to be all that you need to get a trained animal to attack. Can anyone buy a ...
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Do the Beast Sense and Beast Bond spells work on creatures from Conjure Animals?

The Beast Sense and Beast Bond spells, as their names imply, require the target to be of type "beast." Now looking to the Conjure Animals spell, its description says: You summon fey spirits that ...
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Does an Awakened beast count as “created” for the purpose of a Shepherd Druid's “Mighty Summoner”

At 6th level, a Circle of the Shepherd Druid gains the feature Mighty Summoner, which states: Starting at 6th level, beasts and fey that you conjure are more resilient than normal. Any beast or ...
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Can a Giant Fire Beetle choose to not emit light?

Illumination: The beetle sheds bright light in a 10-foot radius and dim light for an additional 10 feet. A giant fire beetle is a nocturnal creature that takes its name from a pair of glowing ...
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How can I increase the DC of venom

I am playing a druid who has a viper as his animal companion. I'm finding that the DC for the viper's poison (DC 11) makes it less useful as we increase in level. Are there any spells or magical items ...
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How does Pathfinder handle PCs having pets?

One of my PC's wants to have a fox- just a regular albeit tamed fox- as a pet, and frankly I want to let him have it. Does Pathfinder have any specific rules concerning non-class-feature pets, or do I ...
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Can a polymorphed creature understand languages spoken under the effect of Tongues?

Let's say we have a spy that has been True Polymorphed into a sheep (to blend in, obviously). The spy originally knew Common + some other languages. As a sheep, though, she can only bleat. True ...
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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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Can animals take AoO?

The master in our group doesn't allow animals to take AoO because "they don't have enough intelligence to use that tactic". He says it is documented somewhere but he doesn't remember where... Can ...
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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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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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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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In RAW how can I manipulate animal's attitude while magically speaking with them?

There are many ways to Speak with animals (for example the spell with that name). When you do... You can ask questions of and receive answers from animals, but the spell doesn't make them any more ...
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Leveling up a non-companion animal

Our level 4 rogue did an amazing diplomacy/handle animal check and befriended a shadow mastiff. The group as a whole thinks the shadow mastiff is awesome, and gave it a name. They want to level it up ...
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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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Do animals gain experience and level?

I am running a game for my son and his friends. My son bought a mastiff. I am wondering if the dog should gain experience and advance in levels. I have not thought of how to do this. If the dog ...
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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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Is awakened intelligence hereditary?

Suppose I've awakened a creature, using Awaken. If it mated, and had offspring, would the offspring have the same intelligence as the awakened parent creature? Or, alternatively, if the awakened ...
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Does the player command the mastiffs on the Robe of Useful Items?

One of the possible patches you can find on a Robe of Useful Items is "2 mastiffs". Robe of Useful Items Does the player who places the mastiff patch get to command them after they come into ...
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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 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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Could a horse survive in a bag of holding if thrown off a cliff?

The situation is there is a horse the party wants to get off a cliff. Could you put the horse in the bag of holding (assuming the horse doesn't break the weight limit and the mouth of the the bag ...