Questions tagged [familiars]

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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Can a petrified wizard communicate telepathically with their familiar?

The wizard in my campaign has just been petrified after his first encounter with a cockatrice. He had his familiar 'out' at the time of his petrification. I'm sure that the intent of the rules is that ...
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Does my version of Fire Breath break my pseudodragon?

I am starting a campaign in which my character is an accomplished and award-winning chef, and in an egg-themed competition won a dragon egg with a pseudodragon. I've talked with my DM, and he's ...
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If my Arcane Trickster's owl familiar is within 5 ft of the enemy, can it both give advantage to the next attacker and trigger Sneak Attack?

My character is an Arcane Trickster and I'm trying to figure out what his owl familiar can and can't do. I know that if the owl is within 5 feet of the target, it can use the Help action on its turn ...
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What happens when meld into stone is cast through a familiar's touch?

Meld into stone is a touch-range spell that melds the caster with the stone that he or she touches for the duration of the spell. When the spell ends, the caster exits the stone at the place entered. ...
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How can I improve the survivability or damage potential of my familiar, as a cleric 5/wizard 1?

I play a Death Domain cleric, with 1 level in wizard so I can cast the find familiar spell. For my familiar, I have a gelatinous ice cube (stats of a oblex spawn). At lower levels, it was super fun ...
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When my PC is polymorphed, what happens to her familiar from the Find Familiar spell?

Situation A level 8 Celestial Warlock, Pact of the Tome, has an owl familiar1. The party Wizard casts polymorph on the Warlock such that a Tyrannosaurus Rex (INT 2, Wis 12) is now standing there. How ...
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What is the appropriate way to account for readied-action movement time and time to attack when trying to utilise Pack Tactics?

Context I want to play a character that is a Kobold race and make good use of their Pack Tactics. Pack Tactics. You have advantage on an attack roll against a creature if at least one of your allies ...
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What happens to a petrified familiar?

A wizard's familiar was recently petrified by a magical item (similar effect to a medusa). The item's description states that only spells such as greater restoration or wish can reverse the effect. ...
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How should my Warlock player use their familiar during battles?

One of my players has a Warlock character and is using Pact of the Chain for their Pact Boon. They most often cast a pseudodragon as their familiar, but neither of us are sure about how they should be ...
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If my character has the Familiar Conduit feat, how do I calculate the success or failure of a touch spell that uses the familiar?

The description of the Familiar Conduit feat reads: Under your tutelage, your familiar has grown attuned to the hidden currents of the world and can serve as a conduit for your magic. If the next ...
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Can a familiar give orders to minions of their wizard?

A wizard has a familiar and some other minions. Let's go with a summoned monster and a non-intelligent undead minion. Can the familiar give commands to these other minions? Does it matter if the ...
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Is a familiar compelled when their wizard is?

I have a party and an aboleth dominated them (only two players present). The aboleth didn't do anything to the wizard's familiar. Does the wizard's familiar get affected by the compulsion effect too? ...
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Would a bat familiar have a passive perception of 16 in most cases?

In its stat block, a bat is shown to have a passive perception of 11; the standard 10 plus wisdom modifier. However, the bats ability Echolocation states that it "can't use its blindsight while ...
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How can I have a villain restrain PCs in an “intelligent” way without killing or disabling some or all of them?

The 4th level party got captured during a showdown with a major villain at the end of the last session: three of them (Warlock, Ranger, Priest) were rendered unconscious and the survivor (Bard) got ...
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Can a shapechanged quasit use the blindsight of the bat form?

The stat block of the quasit gives under the shapechanger trait: Its statistics are the same in each form, except for the speed changes noted. So does a quasit will not have the traits of the "...
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Can the original form of a familiar be detected by Truesight?

Further to the question "How to determine if an animal is a familiar or a regular beast?", can the original form of a familiar be detected by Truesight? PHB pg 185 includes the following in ...
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One of my players want to carry his familiar on his body and says it should not be targeted by enemies because it can hide on his body? [duplicate]

One of my players (of a rogue) said that he heard of DM's allowing the familiar to be carried on the players body. He use his familiar to help him in combat and get advantage on the attack roll. I ...
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How to determine if an animal is a familiar or a regular beast?

As a player (or DM) might use a familiar as a spy, are there ways, magical or otherwise to detect that a cat is a familiar, or just a house cat? I've read the answer to Are familiars considered ...
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Can a fey creature conjured by a Find Familiar spell be put to sleep with a Sleep spell?

A fey creature conjured by a find familiar spell relates somehow to the racial trait "Fey Ancestry" of elves, which says: You have advantage on saving throws against being charmed, and ...
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Casting spells that require sight through familiar sight [duplicate]

Here is the setup: I play a sorcerer and got blinded and deafened at the start of the combat I use my action to use my familiar's senses, which leaves me blinded and deafened, which I already am My ...
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Familiars and Skill Tricks

The rules for Familiars state that they use either the master's skill ranks or their own, whichever is higher. However, skill tricks did not exist when these rules were written. If a master spends ...
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What exactly is the familiar ability “Lab Assistant” good for?

So, I'm building an alchemist, specifically a bomber, and I'm really pretty confused about the value of the Lab Assistant feature for my familiar (and, indeed, the value of the familiar as a whole). ...
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Pact of the Chain, Sprite Familiar. What does it mean that a “saving throw result is 5 or lower”?

I've been looking into the warlocks Pact of the Chain, which states that you're allowed to pick from the normal familiars as well as a select few Warlock-Only familiars, including the Sprite. When ...
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How to Sneak Attack with a Familiar with Aid Another action when master and Familiar go at different Initiative order?

How to Sneak Attack Rogue with a Familiar: how do you use Aid Another action when the Familiar goes on its own Initiative, and you and it go at different Initiative order?
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So Sharing Vision with Eyes of the Runekeeper does it work?

So I basically in a game sharing vision via my familiar and I was assuming that the Eyes of the rune keeper allows the ability to Read all writing. If I'm sharing sense with my familiar am I still ...
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Can a Familiar allow you to avoid verbal and somatic components?

if I cast a spell and choose for it to come through my familiar, would I still have to do verbal and somatic components? what about material? would people be able to see the casting? could it still be ...
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Is the gelatinous ice cube familiar from the “D&D Celebration 2020” event official?

During the D&D Celebration 2020 event, a new option for a familiar was revealed in the form of the image below: I assumed it was official material because it was produced directly by a Wizards of ...
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Can I use True Polymorph and Awaken to upgrade my familiar?

The idea of using Polymorph to get around the limitations on Awaken has been covered before. It has a bunch of issues, having to do with the fact that eventually you'll want to unpolymorph the thing ...
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If you use the Investment of the Chain Master Eldritch Invocation, does your familiar get a bonus to its saving throw DC from your own magic items?

The Investment of the Chain Master Eldritch Invocation states: [...] When you cast find familiar, you infuse the summoned familiar with a measure of your eldritch power, granting the creature the ...
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Can I give my familiar a magical tattoo?

My Familiar is a creature. Magical Tattoos go on creatures; can I apply one to my familliar? Once inscribed on a creature’s body, damage or injury doesn’t impair the tattoo’s function, even if the ...
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When does a warlock's familiar make their attack if the warlock has the Investment of the Chain Master eldritch invocation?

So, Tasha's Cauldron of Everything introduces a lot of new "pet" mechanics in DnD 5e. An emerging trend for some of them is that the master can take a bonus action to command the pet to take ...
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Does the intelligence and wisdom, and therefore character of your familiar change in 5E D&D? [closed]

Whilst I know that this is mostly up to the DM, the Find Familiar spell in 5th edition lets the PC summon a spirit which take the form of your familiar. You can change form; - and thereby take on the ...
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Can you change a recently deceased familiar’s form when recasting the Find Familiar spell?

One of my players is playing a wizard who knows the find familiar spell. Last session, they had to deal with some hags. While they were scouting a manor, one of the hags attacked his familiar and ...
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Does a ghost gain a familiar if it uses a Ring of Spell Storing + Find Familiar?

A ghost takes possession of a humanoid. Humanoid possesses a Ring of Spell Storing. The ghost uses the Ring of Spell Storing that contains at least one Find Familiar spell. The ghost-humanoid ...
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Can a wizard telepathically speak with & control their familiar whilst incapacitated yet conscious? [duplicate]

A wizard (with a familiar) is possessed by a ghost. Can this incapacitated yet conscious-observing wizard still speak telepathically to their familiar, one that is within 100'?
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After death & reincarnation does a wizard need to recast Find Familiar? Does he or she get the previous one or a 'new' one?

A wizard dies - but his familiar escapes unharmed. He &/or she (the wizard) is Reincarnated, via the spell. He &/or she gains a new race with new abilities. Basic skills, proficiencies, ...
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Does the host or guest own a Familiar cast via a possessing ghost?

Grundy the Grumpy Ghost a (formerly) chaotic evil 1st level wizard makes use of the nearby ritual spell Find Familiar carved in a stone wall. As a ghost he cannot cast such spells, so he takes control ...
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How can a cleric get a familiar [closed]

I have a LV 1 Death domain Cleric and I want to get him a familiar so he can cast healing and damage touch spells at range, also because you can now have a baby gelatinous cube as a familiar. A one ...
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Can a Pact of the Chain warlock cause their imp, quasit, or sprite familiar to reappear (from its pocket dimension) in an invisible state?

Pact of the Chain warlocks learn the find familiar spell, and gain additional options: When you cast the spell, you can choose one of the normal forms for your familiar or one of the following ...
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Help calculating skills and abilities for level 1 Horned Lizard Familiar

Making a level 1 witch with a horned lizard familiar. My witch’s skill ranks are perception, three knowledges, linguistics, perform, spellcraft, and heal. What are the horned lizards racial skill ...
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Can a familiar from the Find Familiar spell use a Ring of Spell Storing? [duplicate]

Based on other similar questions, I've determined that a familiar can attune to magic items. But can a familiar cast spells from the Ring of Spell Storing? The description of Find Familiar states &...
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Can you use the Diplomat feat through your Familiar with the Voice of the chain Master?

So the Feat goes: If you spend 1 minute talking to someone who can understand what you say, you can make a Charisma (Persuasion) check contested by the creature’s Wisdom (Insight) check. If you or ...
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Are Sprite familiars from the Find Familiar spell summoned with the equipment listed in their statblock?

There have been two recent questions arising from a ruling on find familiar in the October 2020 update to the Sage Advice Compendium: Does the Flock of Familiars spell produce endless sellable ...
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Does the Flock of Familiars spell produce endless sellable equipment for Sprites, in the same manner as the Find Familiar spell?

With the ruling in most recent Sage Advice Compendium that any objects are left behind when a familiar vanishes, find familiar can produce 27.5 gp more in sales of Sprite equipment than its own cost. ...
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What is the AC of a sprite familiar (from the Find Familiar spell) if it is dismissed to a pocket dimension and then caused to reappear as an action?

The most recent Sage Advice Compendium erratas the find familiar spell so that familiars are now stripped naked when dismissed to a pocket dimension. The Pact of the Chain warlock can summon a Sprite ...
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What ability is raised by an imp familiar?

the AD&D Monster Manual (p.54) states that if an imp is within 1 mile of the "master", he/she gains an additional level of ability. What ability are they referring to?
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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 Familiars affected by weather conditions?

Since a familiar is a magical spirit (celestial/fey/fiend, albeit in a physical form), does it have any restrictions to travel in cold/hot areas for scouting purposes, or altitude of mountain air? I'm ...
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Is Scry on Familiar an obvious waste of time?

I recently noticed that on top of getting a great level of spell resistance and inheriting their master's excellent base Will save bonus, a Wizard's familiar grants the Scry on Familiar (Sp) ability ...
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Are the familiars you summon the same everytime? [duplicate]

If I summon a familiar and it dies, when I resummon it, is it another spirit taking the same form? If I just recast the find familiar spell, and get it to assume a new form I assume It's the same ...

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