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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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Will detect thoughts work on a familiar, if the familiar is communicating telepathically with me?

Mind flayers have captured our companions, and have some of our mcguffins, too. So we're going after them. They're kinda scary, especially if they have intellect devourers with them, so we're trying ...
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When do familiars rest, if ever?

It seems to be the common belief that familiars are creatures and need rest. I cannot find a question on here that specifically says so, but the general feeling is that the familiar is a creature, and ...
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Using Tasha's Sidekick rules can you turn a familiar from the Find Familiar spell into a sidekick? [closed]

Using Tasha's Cauldron of Everything Sidekick rules can you turn a familiar from the Find Familiar spell into a sidekick?
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Why use Clairvoyance when Find Familiar is better in every way (except range)?

I'm creating a spy wizard character in 5E. The character needs a 'wire' to tap a room of its visitors' information, and I was comparing two wizard spells, Clairvoyance and Find Familiar. Both have ...
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Strong, safe from harm, Polymorph form for a Familiar

I reached the stage of the game in which I have access to two familiars and Imbue Familiar with Spell Ability. I want to use this combination to both improve my Action Economy and be able to cast ...
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What are the mechanics of an Arcane Trickster using an Owl familiar's Flyby ability to gain Sneak Attack?

I'm coming from a 5e campaign where there were house rules for a lot of things, including familiars, and I'm trying to understand exactly how an Arcane Trickster would use an Owl familiar's Flyby ...
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What happens if you use the Optional Class Feature 'Wild Companion' when you already have a Familiar already summoned from the spell?

I am mainly asking for the purpose of answering Is it possible to have two familiars? Noting that effects from the 'same' spell don't overlap. The Wild Companion ability reads as: You gain the ...
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Can you Misty Step to a location Familiar sees [duplicate]

Misty Step states that its range is limited by vision: You teleport up to 30 feet to an unoccupied space that you can see. Find Familiar states that you can "see" through the Familiar's ...
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How to improve the initiative of a familiar

As a Wizard I have a quite high Initiative (at level 9 +18). My improved familiar (in this case a faerie dragon) has an initiative value of 3. Since I would like to do spell combos with him I am ...
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Must a Witch leave their Familiar behind when using Dimension Door?

Dimension Door says: Opening a door that bypasses normal space, you instantly transport yourself and any items you're wearing and holding from your current space to a clear space within range you can ...
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Can a familiar use a vial of acid?

Can a familiar use a vial of acid or similar items? I'm wondering if they're able to since I am making a warlock with proficiency in Alchemist’s Supplies.
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Can a Pact of the Chain Warlock forgo an attack to let their familiar use a Coiling Grasp Tattoo?

If a Level 3 Warlock picks Pact of the Chain, they get an altered version of the find familiar spell. You learn the find familiar spell and can cast it as a ritual. The spell doesn't count against ...
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Can a familiar attack with Magic Stone?

Find Familiar says: 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, and it must ...
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What happens to a familiar if the master dies and is brought back?

If a character who has a familiar dies and is then raised via raise dead or even reincarnation, is the familiar still bound to that character or is that bond broken at character death?
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Do you have to select both Flier and Fast Movement if you have a Raven Familiar?

On the page Familiars it says, "If your familiar is an animal that naturally has one of these abilities (for instance, an owl has a fly Speed), you must select that ability. Your familiar can’t ...
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Can my warlock use the Actor feat to mimic speech through my familiar using the Voice of the Chain Master eldritch invocation?

The Actor feat states (PHB, p. 165): You can mimic the speech of another person or the sounds made by other creatures. You must have heard the person speaking, or heard the creature make the sound, ...
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Can a Familiar cast Summon Animal?

If my Familiar has the Spellcasting ability, is it limited to spells with 2 actions or less? The ability make it sound like the only limitation is that it is 5 levels lower than your highest-level ...
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What are the official options for alternate familiars using the Find Familiar spell?

Other than the options listed under the find familiar spell in the PHB, and the Pact of the Chain warlock, what other official options are available for familiars that can be summoned by find familiar?...
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Can an imp that has shapechanged into a spider be transformed by the spell Giant Insect?

I'm planning to play a drow warlock in D&D 5e, and since there's no official entomancer (Insect-themed spellcaster) class (it exists just as homebrew), I'm trying to make my own version. My ...
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How does the temp HP from the Conjuration wizard's Durable Summons feature interact with the Find Familiar spell?

The description of the find familiar spell states (emphasis mine): You gain the service of a familiar, a spirit that takes an animal form you choose. [...] [...] As an action, you can temporarily ...
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Can a familiar translate for the owner?

For example, a sprite knows Elvish and Sylvan. Assuming the owner does not speak these languages themselves, would the sprite be able to translate for the owner? What about the pseudodragon which ...
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Would spells such as Detect Poison and Disease or Detect Magic work through Familiar vision?

If I were to cast a spell on myself such as Detect Magic or Detect Poison and Disease, and then look through the eyes of my familiar, would the spell continue to take effect through the familiar? As ...
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If my Pact of the Chain warlock switches to Pact of the Tome, will it affect the form of my existing familiar from the Find Familiar spell?

I'm currently playing a Warlock, and at 3rd level, I picked Pact of the Chain as my Pact Boon. I then, using one of the special forms provided by Pact of the Chain, summoned a Sprite familiar: When ...
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How much HP does a Pact of the Chain Imp familiar recover on a Short Rest? [duplicate]

I believe a Pact of the Chain Imp familiar uses the normal Imp stat block. So it has: Hit Points 10 (3d4 + 3) CON 13 (+1) Challenge 1 (200 XP) For purposes of recovering HP during a Short Rest, how ...
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Can a Familiar holding an item take it into the pocket dimension when dismissed? [closed]

I had a weird thought related to the Portable Hole & familiars. If a familiar is holding a portable hole, and you dismiss it into it's pocket dimension, what happens? Does the portable hole do it'...
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How do I handle the wizard's familiar invalidating exploration, outshining the rogue, at low to no cost?

I am having some issues trying to find a balance in what seems to me to be an overpowered spell (Find Familiar) considering its low level. I will state first that I have always considered the familiar ...
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Using a familiar to deliver a spell attack while both of us are under Sanctuary

Suppose both my familiar and myself have the sanctuary spell on. Sanctuary states that it ends when the warded creature makes an attack, casts a spell that affects an enemy, or deals damage to another ...
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Can a second character remove a willing PC's shield?

It takes an action to don and to doff a shield (See Pg 146 of the PHB). Does that action need to be the PC's action, Or, could another member of the party (another PC), or even a familiar with ...
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Rogulock: Pact Of Chain and Sneak Attack [duplicate]

I am building a rogue-warlock multiclass in 5e DnD and I have a question. I am using Pact of the Chain and I chose an imp familiar. If I remember correctly, an imp can cast Invisiblity infinitly. And ...
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Does an incorporeal familiar gain a natural armour bonus?

Using the Improved Familiar feat a player can gain a Smokeshade as a familiar which has the incorporeal subtype. A normal familiar would gain a typeless natural armour bonus as the master levels up, ...
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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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