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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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 ...
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For a familiar, do the skill ranks you get from a headband of vast intellect count as the master's skill ranks?

I understand most of the rules about a familiars skills but a friend asked about something i hadn't thought of. The skill ranks you get from a headband of vast intellect, do those ranks count as the "...
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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 ...