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Questions tagged [familiars]

Smaller creatures that serve to aid certain spell casters. They typically lack the combat prowess of an animal companion, but aid a spell caster in other ways.

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Is the ability to telepathically communicate with a Familiar only one-way?

The most recent PHB errata clarified that the Steed generated by Find Steed can communicate telepathically with its summoner. In the next-to-last paragraph, "communicate with it" is now "...
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Can you cast True Strike and upon the next turn cast a touch spell through a familar for advantage?

I am rather curious about the interactions between Find Familiar and True Strike in the case of touch spells in D&D 5e. My understanding is that the touch spell can be delivered by a familiar, but ...
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Can I cast Darkness on my imp familiar?

This is actually a three-part question: As a level 5 Tiefling Pact of the Chain Warlock, can I cast my Darkness spell on my Imp familiar? If yes, once cast, would my Darkness spell be ended if my imp ...
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Clarifying the benefits of the Alert feat over Find Familiar

After reading around as a new player, I've discovered how powerful the Find Familiar spell can be for creative players—albeit it's possible I've misunderstood the leeway Find Familiar affords. For ...
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How much unconscious awareness do I have of my familiar?

This came up last night, and the DM and I wanted to ask around to see if anyone could clarify this for us. I'm playing a Pact of the Chain warlock (with the voice of the chain master invocation, if ...
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Can my familiar hide in the same space as me?

Let's take an example: I am standing with my cat familiar next to an enemy. It turns out that this enemy hates cats and want to attack it. Can my familiar, without provoking opportunity attacks, ...
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Can a familiar use the Help action on an ally within 5 feet without being within 5 feet of the enemy the ally is attacking?

I was looking at the thing a familiar could do in combat and found the Help action. The description of the Help action is as follows: You can lend your aid to another creature in the completion of ...
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Can a 5e Warlock's Imp Familiar fire a crossbow?

I have a player that armed his special Imp familiar with a light crossbow, sent him through a tunnel the party couldn't fit through, and had him shoot the artifact that was creating the magical wall ...
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How to handle a (Witch's) Familiar below level 5 - Communication & Orders

Hello Fellow Game Masters & Players, New GM here with a party of 5 players at lvl 1 (2 soon), experienced with DnD but not Pathfinder. I hope you can shed some light / give advice about familiar ...
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How strong is the tressym in comparison to other familiar options? [closed]

I was looking at the tressym's description in the Storm King's Thunder adventure, and saw this (p. 243): With the DM's permission, a person who casts the find familiar spell can choose to conjure a ...
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Can I communicate through my familiar?

I've always wanted to make a non-verbal character. But I think it would be pretty difficult to communicate with the rest of my party members. I want to make an in-world way to make communication ...
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What creature type are the Pact of the Chain warlock's additional familiar options?

The find familiar spell states that the familiar [...] is a celestial, fey, or fiend (your choice) instead of a beast. To my understanding, all familiars conjured by find familiar are actually ...
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Does a true polymorphed familiar retain the mechanical benefits of a familiar?

If I use find familiar as an Arcane Trickster Rogue, then have a high level wizard cast (concentration) true polymorph on said familiar to turn them into a homunculus, would the familiar still retain ...
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Is this flightless homebrew “riding bird” familiar balanced?

A player in the new campaign I am DMing wants their character, a halfling wizard, to ride around on a small bird, going for a Sir Didymus from Labyrinth feel. He suggested this could be his familiar, ...
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Can a familiar with low intelligence report back to its master what it observed when it was more than 100 feet from its master?

According to the Find Familiar spell description, ...the familiar has the statistics of the chosen form... and While your familiar is within 100 feet of you, you can communicate with it ...
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Can a familiar be targeted by the Awaken spell?

Can a familiar obtained by the Find Familiar spell be Awakened, giving it 10 INT and a language?
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How are attack stats determined after re-gearing my Sprite Familiar?

The Sprite monster manual entry confuses me and I'm not sure how they calculated its attack and damage. A longsword normally uses strength. The Sprite has +2 to hit, and does 1 damage. With its -4 ...
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Can I cast Shillelagh through my sprite familiar?

My human Pact of the Chain warlock will have a sprite as a familiar at level 3. I'd like to snag the Magic Initiate feat so I can grab the shillelagh cantrip, and have my sprite deliver it. Can the ...
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How can a wizard increase his arcane caster level so that a better improved familiar can be acquired?

The level 5 wizard changeling substitution level grants the supernatural ability morphic familiar that, in part, says As a full-round action, the familiar can change its form to that of any ...
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Which features of a wizard's familiar, if any, are considered magical?

The find familiar spell has a duration of instantaneous, which implies that the familiar itself is not an ongoing magical effect. However, the spell provides a number of ongoing features that are ...
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Leomund's Tiny Hut and familiars

If I cast Leomund's Tiny Hut(LTH), the spell ends if I leave it. Spells and other magical effects can't pass through the barrier. Can I cast spells from my familiar outside LTH? If I switch my ...
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Is there any way to raise a wizard's familiar's Intelligence?

Is there any way to raise a wizard's familiar's Intelligence? Or is there another spell or feat that raises the Intelligence of a familiar or conjures a smarter familiar? The paladin's 2nd level ...
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How can familiars benefit from the Aid spell's temporary Hit Points?

I am about to propose an idea to a friend of mine who plays a Wizard, and whom we have finally convinced should get his familiar up and running. (I play a Cleric in this party). He is concerned that ...
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How can Pact of the Chain warlocks' familiars heal?

I've been looking around everywhere, but I cannot seem to find out how a Pact of the Chain warlock's familiar might recover hitpoints. Regular find familiar familiars only have 1 hp, so it's entirely ...
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Can a spell caster attack and/or cast spells while using a familiar's senses?

Similar to: Perception checks through a familiar's eyes Can I act normally while seeing through my familiar's eyes? While looking through a familiar's senses, the owner goes blind and deaf. Instead ...
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Does it take effort/concentration to look through the eyes of a familiar?

More specifically, would I be able to keep watch through the eyes of a familiar, and still get credit for a short rest? Or a long rest?
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How would a raven familiar bite through a bowstring?

Our warlock is level 8, and has a raven familiar. The raven scouted ahead and found some guards up on a hilltop fortress. It’s in the middle of the night, and the bows are left relatively unattended. ...
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Throwing my Familiar

I'm a cleric with a familiar, a Tiny red spider. I would like to use it to use touch attacks, but that incurs an attack of opportunity, since I have to enter their square. Can I prevent that by ...
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How do I calculate the DC for a spell cast by my familiar via the familiar spell feat?

Familiar Spell How do I calculate the DC for a spell cast by my familiar via the familiar spell feat? (i.e. Do I use my ability score modifier, or the familiar's?)
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Familiar Feats - Complete List?

There are a handful of feats in Pathfinder that have the following "Special" text: Special: Feats that are meant for familiars can be switched out for a familiar's default feats (as listed in the ...
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Pseudodragon familiar and Skill Points [duplicate]

I am playing a level 11 wizard and I have a Pseudodragon familiar. It has the dragon type, which grants 6 + INT_MOD skill points per hit dice. Familiars have hit dice equal to their master's hit ...
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Does a Pseudodragon's natural spell resistance stack with the spell resistance granted to familiars?

Pseudodragons have spell resistance 12. As a familiar, at level 11, it gains spell resistance 16 that scales with the wizard's level. Do the spell resistances stack?
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Are there any lore reasons why an Archfey or a Celestial patron would give a character a fiendish familiar, or vice versa?

My game group is pretty RP heavy and I'm playing a Warlock for this campaign. I'm in the first stages of character creation, and I know I want to do Pact of the Chain. I like the Imp as a familiar for ...
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Do characters know when their familiars/animal companions die?

The find familiar spell description states: When the familiar drops to 0 hit points, it disappears, leaving behind no physical form. It reappears after you cast this spell again. While your ...
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Can an Imp which is in another form (through Shapechanger) be invisible?

The imp has the Shapechanger trait: The imp can use its action to polymorph into a beast form that resembles a rat (speed 20 ft.), a raven (20 ft., fly 60 ft.), or a spider (20 ft., climb 20 ft.), ...
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Can a wizard's familiar wake the wizard using its telepathic link?

Suppose I, a wizard, am making camp for the night, and I want to have my owl familiar (obtained via the find familiar spell) keep watch while I sleep and wake me if anyone approaches. Since my ...
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Can I use the Find Familiar spell to turn a small pet into a familiar?

I'm playing a forest gnome wizard and as part of my backstory, I've befriended a squirrel, using my Speak with Small Beasts race feature (PHB p. 37), and it follows me around. The squirrel is mostly ...
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Can metamagic be applied to a spell delivered by a familiar?

I have recently created a Divine Soul Sorcerer (XGtE, p. 50) and plan on taking the Magic Initiate feat (PHB, p. 168) where my lvl 1 spell would be find familiar. Now as it states this familiar can be ...
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What happens when you cast Continual Flame on a Familiar?

Continual flame does not produce heat nor require oxygen and lasts until dispelled: A flame, equivalent in brightness to a torch, springs forth from an object that you touch. The effect looks like ...
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Does a spellcaster lose their skill proficiencies when viewing through their familiar?

As a general rule, if a spell caster is observing the world through their familiar, do they lose their skill proficiencies or are they supplemented by the familiar? As a specific example: I have a ...
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Is there a time limit for a Mauler Archetype to stay in Battle form?

At 3rd level, a mauler familiar gains the Battle Form ability: Battle Form (Su) At 3rd level, a mauler gains the ability to transform into a larger, more ferocious form and back as a standard ...
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If my kobold uses a familiar to deliver Shocking Grasp, do I roll with advantage thanks to Pack Tactics?

Suppose I'm playing a kobold sorcerer with find familiar by way of ritual caster or a dip into lore bard. It's a lovely overcast day and I decide that what I'd really like to do with my turn is to ...
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Can a spell cast through a familiar be Counterspelled even if the familiar's “owner” is out of range?

The find familiar text states: Finally, when you cast a spell with a range of touch, your familiar can deliver the spell as if it had cast the spell. Your familiar must be within 100 feet of you, ...
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Can a wizard have a swarm of animals as a familiar?

Can a wizard have a swarm of animals as a familiar? An Imp is a possible familiar and has a CR of 1, and most swarms have CRs of 1/4. Does it have to be a single creature or could the spirit take the ...
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Does a touch-range spell cast using Find Familiar have to have line of sight from the caster?

The description of the find familiar spell states: Finally, when you cast a spell with a range of touch, your familiar can deliver the spell as if it had cast the spell. Your familiar must be ...
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Barring telepathy or direct observation, what information does Find Familiar provide the caster regarding the familiar's state?

This question has its genesis in a common situation: a PC sends his familiar reconnoitering. The familiar travels beyond the range of both direct observation (vision, hearing, etc.) and find familiar'...
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Trying to make a Familiar like D&D 3.5e for a Magical Boy in M&M3e

I'm playing a magical boy or better version of Tuxedo Mask. I want to emulate what D&D 3.5e Familiars can do. Would a Power or an Advantage be better to do so? Minion, Summon, or Sidekick? How do ...
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Does Comprehend Languages work through a Familiar?

The comprehend languages spell says: For the duration, you understand the literal meaning of any spoken language that you hear. You also understand any written language that you see, but you ...
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Would allowing familiars outside the ones described in Find Familiar cause problems? [closed]

I plan on running a 5e campaign sometime soon, and I'm not very familiar (pun intended) with the rules and implications of the Find Familiar spell. In the past, I've run 3.5e campaigns and had ...
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Do imps and pseudodragons serving as variant familiars earn XP, or share XP with the party?

This question is directly related to two other questions: Do familiars or animal companions earn or share XP with the party? How is a variant familiar imp and pseudodragon (in the Monster Manual ...