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For questions about familiars, smaller creatures in RPGs that serve to aid certain spellcasters. They typically lack the combat prowess of an animal companion, but aid a spellcaster in other ways.

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Does a familiar count as an ally? [duplicate]

If a hobgoblin wizard had a familiar summoned, would that familiar count as an ally, thus boosting the Saving Face ability? Saving Face: Hobgoblins are careful not to show weakness in front of ...
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Will my familiar remember me when I re-summon it, or is it a new entity?

Playing D&D 5e, and my Pact of the Chain warlock's quasit familiar, Jimmy Peanuts, has fallen at the hands of a lizardman and vanished upon hitting 0 hp. I understand that I can cast Find ...
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Can you cast Counterspell through the senses of your familiar? [duplicate]

I was looking into creating a wizard that remains hidden for the most part from combat (potentially even to go as far as to hide in a fellow party members' backpack, they are a halfling) and thought ...
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Can Familiars read and use spell scrolls?

I'm playing an Artificer/Rogue (2019 version on D&D Beyond, going for Archivist but I took magic initiate and got Find Familiar) and I want to get a little more support ability by using spell ...
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Do shaman spirit animals lose their spirit abilities while polymorphed?

Polymorphing a creature causes it to lose extraordinary and supernatural abilities that depend on form, and class features that depend on form. Do a shaman's spirit animal abilities fall under the ...
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Can a Warlock with Pact of the Chain gain Magic Resistance from a Pseudodragon familiar? [duplicate]

If a Warlock selects Pact of the Chain, they gain the ability to summon a pseudodragon familiar with Find Familiar. Pseudodragons have a sidebar in the Monster Manual entitled Variant: Pseudodragon ...
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Does a familiar stay the same after being true polymorphed and then dismissed and resummoned?

Let's say someone true polymorphs your snake familiar into a bandit and concentrates long enough to make it permanent, does the familiar stay a bandit when you dismiss them and resummon?
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Can a Druid/Warlock multiclass use Voice of the Chain Master to speak through their familiar while in Wild Shape?

Pact of the Chain Warlocks have access to an invocation called Voice of the Chain Master: Voice of the Chain Master Prerequisite: Pact of the Chain feature You can communicate ...
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Can a True Polymorphed Familiar Change Spells?

Say you're a Pact of the Chain warlock, so you have a familiar with a CR of 1 or something. If you hit 17th level or find and pay a high-level mage to permanently turn your familiar into an Apprentice ...
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How am I supposed to know what abilities familiars have naturally?

This seems to be a weird issue. The method of creating Familiars in Pathfinder 2e seems freeform at first but then when you get to the specifics of it, it seems that you must know the exact stats of ...
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Can a Pact of the Chain warlock forgo their Attack action to have all familiars from the Flock of Familars spell make an attack?

The Pact of the Chain warlock gets the following benefit: Additionally, when you take the Attack action, you can forgo one of your own attacks to allow your familiar to make one attack with its ...
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Does a familiar/steed/greater steed keep its memories from before it was summoned/made to change form?

When casting/recasting find familiar, find steed, or find greater steed does the resulting creature retain memories from its previous life as a spirit or the creature you had it as before? For ...
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Can my imp familiar still talk when shapeshifted (to a raven, if that matters)?

My Great Old One warlock just made third level, and I chose Pact of the Chain. I chose an imp as a familiar initially (recasting find familiar would allow me to change to an ordinary familiar or any ...
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How do you progress your familiar without taking more levels in that class?

I am playing a cleric/wizard/Mystic Theurge. I choose the familiar class feature for my wizard. MT only progresses a wizards spell casting and caster level. You do not learn new spells and the ...
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If a wizard has a familiar and the feat Eldritch Heritage for the Arcane bloodline, what level do you use to determine the powers of the familiar?

If a wizard has a familiar and the feat Eldritch Heritage for the Arcane bloodline, what level do you use to determine the powers of the familiar? The bloodline grants: ...you gain an arcane bond, ...
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Can a familiar draw from the Deck of Many things? [duplicate]

Can a familiar draw a card from the Deck of Many Things?
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How does line of sight for spells work, accounting for familiars?

I had to make a call today and I'm wondering how this scenario should've gone down The map was a U-shaped hallway; the party was on the lower left of the U, with the enemies on the upper right. The ...
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Can multiple characters have the same familiar using the Find Familiar spell?

Is there anything RAW that would prevent two different characters using the Find Familiar spell from intentionally gaining the service of the same familiar spirit? I am aware that if 1 familiar was '...
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Can my familiar turn me invisible?

If, as a multiclassed wizard/druid, I have an imp familiar from the find familiar spell and I wild shape into a rat, can the imp hold me and turn invisible?
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When I summon a cat familiar, why does it matter if it is a fey or fiend or celestial?

It says in the summoning spell that when you summon an animal it is a fey fiend or celestial (your choice). What does this do? Do they get any abilities or buffs from these like types?
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If I multiclass a Wizard and a Sorcerer with Arcane Bloodline, can I choose a familiar for both?

If I multiclass a Wizard and a Sorcerer with Arcane Bloodline, can I choose a familiar for both? Or can I have a familiar from one class and a bonded object from the other?
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Can you use the Help action to give a 2019 UA Artillerist artificer's turret advantage?

I am playing in a campaign as a level 4 Artillerist artificer from the May 2019 UA. I am thinking of taking Magic Initiate (wizard) as my feat, and learning the find familiar spell with it. I am ...
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Find Familiar Spell & Scrying [closed]

When a wizard is using their familiar to spy on a creature or location, does an Amulet of Proof against Detection and Magic prevent the wizard from seeing the person wearing the amulet? Does Non-...
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Can a familiar be used to satisfy the 30-foot requirement of the spell Locate Creature?

A wizard has seen through her familiar's eyes an NPC who was within 30 feet of the familiar, but more than 30 feet away from the wizard. Can the spell locate creature, cast by the aforementioned ...
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Who controls a summoned steed’s familiar?

The spell Find Steed allows you to cast a spell and have it also effect your steed. While mounted on your steed, you can make any spell you cast that targets only you also target your steed. In ...
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How can I design a witch (or other enemy) that summons/controls lightning birds at sea to attack the party while hidden on a ship?

The PCs (3 of them, at 3rd level) are on a disabled, abandoned pirate ship at sea in a storm. I want them to have hard encounters that become somewhat predictable and that they can put a stop to, so ...
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Does a wizard need their hands free in order to cause their familiar from the Find Familiar spell to reappear?

Recently, in the first session of a new campaign, my level 1 wizard found himself held captive with his hands and feet tied by rope. The DM made it clear that I could not cast spells/cantrips that ...
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What are familiars really?

What actually IS a familiar, speaking from a Lore point of view? I'm not asking what the use of a familiar is, or what kind of creatures can be a familiar- But in essence, what truly IS a familiar? ...
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Do Familiars provoke Attacks of Opportunity when delivering touch spells?

Now looking online I found this: If the master is 3rd level or higher, a familiar can deliver touch spells for him. If the master and the familiar are in contact at the time the master casts a touch ...
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If the Dragon's Breath spell is cast on a familiar, does it use the wizard's DC or familiar's DC?

XGE has a spell that lets anything that breaths spew magical energy from its mouth for 10 rounds called Dragon's Breath (p. 154). Part of it reads: Each creature in that area must make a Dexterity ...
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What happens when a witch takes the Improved Familiar feat?

The Improved Familiar feat was designed before the Witch existed, and mainly for Wizard. I have a Witch that has more than 10 lvl1 spells and more than 3 spells of lvl 2 and 3, and I'm wondering if ...
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While merged with their Sentinel Raven using the Soul of the Raven feature, can a Raven Queen-patron Chainlock speak through their familiar?

The Voice of the Chain Master eldritch invocation allows a Pact of the Chain warlock to do the following (PHB, p. 111): You can communicate telepathically with your familiar and perceive through ...
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What are the limits of multiple warlock familiars?

The Voice of the Chain Master eldritch invocation allows a Pact of the Chain warlock to do the following (PHB, p. 111): You can communicate telepathically with your familiar and perceive through ...
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How does dismissing my familiar from the Find Familiar spell interact with the Flock of Familiars spell?

In the wording of the Flock of Familiars spell (Lost Laboratory of Kwalish, p. 57), we find: You temporarily summon three familiars – spirits that take animal forms of your choice. Each familiar ...
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Can a ring of spell storing and access to Find spells produce an endless menagerie?

This is looking at what appears to be a somewhat bizarre rules exploit, and attempting to determine if it is, in fact, viable under the rules. Premise We have a Bard who likes having friends - a lot ...
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Can my Warlock attack with their familiar and remain invisible?

I am playing a warlock. I will take the Pact of the Chain option at 3rd level to have the Find Familiar spell. If I cast invisibility on myself and then on my turn always take the Attack action to ...
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Can I see through my Familiar's senses/communicate with my Familiar if they are on the other side of an Interdimensional Portal?

This question has been created to help adjudicate the question of whether a Familiar may communicate with their master inside of a Bag of Holding. Suppose that 5' away from a Wizard is a portal to ...
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Can I communicate with (and see through the eyes of) my familiar when it's carrying me in my Bag of Holding?

So, I play a Warforged Warlock (Hexblade, Pact of the Tome). I have an Owl familiar (standard variety), which, by RAW, can carry 15 lbs times its Str score (3), or 45 lbs [halved for tiny creatures, ...
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How does a Death Domain cleric's Touch of Death feature work with Touch-range spells delivered by familiars?

My player is playing a Death Domain cleric. They have the Channel Divinity option Touch of Death (DMG, p. 97), which deals extra necrotic damage on a hit with a melee attack. They also have the find ...
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Does a Familiar I’m carrying turn invisible with me if I cast Greater Invisibility on myself?

What happens if I have a Familiar (from the Find Familiar spell) hidden in a coat pocket (not a pocket dimension, just a regular pocket), and I use the Greater Invisibility spell on myself? Would it ...
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What happens if I Blink while my Familiar sits on my shoulder?

My lizard Familiar (from the Find Familiar spell) is often sat on my shoulder. If I use the Blink spell, would it shift with me to the Ethereal Plane, or would it be left behind and splat to the ...
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What options are there, if any, to get information from an enemy's familiar?

I'm currently reading through the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure. In the scenario, the PCs can encounter a familiar: If the PCs are suspicious about this rat, they may try to attack it or even ...
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Can a Sorcerer's companion raven speak with everyone?

In D&D 3.5, the Sorcerer's companion can be a Raven. In the PHB (p. 52), after the familiars table there is a note that says: A raven familiar can speak one language of its master's choice as a ...
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Can a Pact of the Chain Warlock in Gaseous Form have their familiar attack?

Pact of the Chain Warlocks can enable their familiars to make an attack instead of them when they take the Attack action (emphasis mine): You learn the Find Familiar spell and can cast it as a ...
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Can a familiar from the Find Familiar spell deliver a touch spell with a long casting time?

One of the features of the find familiar spell is to deliver spells with a range of "touch" cast by the wizard: Finally, when you cast a spell with a range of touch, your familiar can deliver the ...
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Can the Dispel Magic spell be used to dispel a familiar summoned by the Find Familiar spell?

Since you cast the find familiar spell to get a familiar, is the familiar a magical effect? And if that is true, would you be able to target the familiar with the dispel magic spell and get the ...
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Explanation for viper stats [closed]

I am making a level 11 witch. Looking at the viper familiar bonus for perception it's +9. What gives? I know 4 is from race, and 1 is from WIS. Where is the other 4 from? Ranks: 11 Race: 4 Class ...
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Do I still retain my own vision type while seeing through my familiar's eyes?

Suppose my familiar doesn't have darkvision, I have darkvision, and I use my action go see through my familiar's eyes. Can I see into the darkness even though my familiar can't? Furthermore, does ...
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Is there a way for a sprite familiar to gain the senses of a Warlock such as darkvision?

A third level High Elf Pact of the Chain Warlock with an Archfey patron casts the find familiar spell and then chooses a sprite form for the spirit to take. The Warlock commands the familiar to enter ...
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When a familiar delivers a Touch spell, who should be Helped? [duplicate]

Picture this situation. Myself and a friend are a pair of casters, both with familiars. My friend's familiar has just gotten in position next to an enemy we're fighting, and I know he intends to use ...