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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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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Does the range of your telepathic communication with your original familiar from Find Familiar increase to 1 mile when you cast Flock of Familiars?

My question is about how the Flock of Familiars1 spell interacts with the Find Familiar spell. According to the spell description of the Flock of Familiars spell: If you already have a familiar ...
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How do I handle a player exploring the entire dungeon with his familiar?

My Warlock player has Pact of the Chain and Voice of the Chain Master Invocation, and likes to explore all the dungeon before going inside. The imp turns into an invisible spider and goes through the ...
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How does the Flock of Familiars spell interact with the Pact of the Chain class feature for Warlocks?

I am wondering if this interpretation of the interaction between the Pact of the Chain feature and Flock of Familiars is correct. Pact of the Chain (emphasis mine) states: You learn the Find Familiar ...
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Are you blind and deaf to your own senses when using the senses of a flock of familiars?

My problem is with the D&D 5e paradigm 'spells do only as they say they do'. If I am reading flock of familiars1 correctly, then already possessing a familiar weakens this spell, to the point ...
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Can I avoid surprise through my familiar?

You might have seen a more complicated variant of this question going on about different types of speed but a comment by Szega made me realize that a much simpler question would probably suffice and ...
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Is this Will'O'Wisp Homebrew Comparable to other Pact of the Chain Familiars?

For a level 3 one shot I will be playing a Warlock who made a deal with the ghost of a wizard to help find a way to revive the wizard, and by carrying soot from the wizard's final resting place in a ...
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If my familiar is forced through my action to drop a rock while over a target, is it considered an attack?

Here is the scenario: My bat familiar (from the find familiar spell) has a Strength score of 2, and can therefore carry 7 lbs. (Per the "Lifting and Carrying" rules (PHB, p. 176), its ...
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Harvesting poison from a familiar

Crafting and Harvesting Poison (page 258 of the DMG) says that a creature must be dead or incapacitated before you can make a DC 20 nature or poison kit check to get a single dose of poison. However, ...
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Can Polymorph be cast on a Familiar?

Can Polymorph be cast on a Familiar? What a creature can be polymorphed into depends on the creature's level or CR, of which a familiar has neither. Unless you use the CR of the form the familiar has ...
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Do familiars get death saving throws?

Do familiars summoned by the Find Familiar spell get to utilize Death Saving Throws, or do they die immediately when they reach 0 hit points?
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How do I go about convincing my DM that their ruling about my familiar is a bit harsh?

Last session, my DM ruled that my imp cannot help me perform checks (in this instance I was trying to have my little guy help me pick through some dead guards' pockets) because he deemed that giving ...
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Is there a class ability, spell or other, that lets you share spells with your familiar?

Scenario: I have a Wizard/Warlock with the Pact of the Chain feature, who I have themed off He-Man. I love the idea of using Tenser's Transformation to buff both he and his familiar up for combat. ...
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Hallow spell blocking familiars/interactions with T1 party

I have a question regarding how a Hallow spell affects a T1 party. The most obvious interaction would seem to be blocking familiars since they are fey, fiend, or celestial. Does the Hallow spell with ...
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How much does a sprite familiar's equipment count against its carrying capacity?

Under Lifting and Carrying (PHB 176) it says: Your carrying capacity is your Strength score multiplied by 15. This is the weight (in pounds) that you can carry... You can push, drag, or lift a weight ...
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What would be the most optimal way for a Pact of the Chain warlock to make use of a Sprite familiar?

I am playing an Archfey Warlock with the "Pact of the Chain" Pact Boon. For thematic reasons, I have chosen for my familiar to take the form of a sprite with the "fey" creature ...
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Can my familiar cast Mending on a mummy?

I am a Warlock with an Imp familiar. Can I send my familiar to cast Mending on a mummy with the intent to have all or some of the torn wrappings be mended and therefore restrain, blind, or just ...
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Can a familiar apply poison on your weapons for you?

Applying poison to a weapon is an action. Can I use the familiar's action to apply poison to a weapon I'm holding? Please cite only the rules and those rules only of the PHB to support your answer not ...
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Would an Antimagic Field block telepathic communication with a familiar? [duplicate]

Ichabod the Inscrutable has an imp familiar and is exploring a dungeon. He comes across a series of trapped rooms that have Antimagic Fields in them, and he wants to send his familiar in to do some ...
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Do crabs have blindsight out of water?

A wizard can choose a crab as a familiar with the find familiar, and crabs have a blindsight of 30ft and are amphibian. I can understand why crabs would have blindsight in water, as they can notice ...
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For a Pact of the Chain warlock, is choosing to have their familiar attack generally the worse option for the warlock's action?

I have a warlock who has chosen Pact of the Chain. This gives me the find familiar spell, which states: You gain the service of a familiar, a spirit that takes an animal form you choose: bat, cat, ...
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Can your familiar use the frozen spell bead from Arcane Abeyance to indirectly let you concentrate on a 2nd spell?

Arcane Abeyance (p184 EGtW)Says: ...A creature holding the bead can use its action to release the spell within, whereupon the bead disappears. The spell uses your spell attack bonus and save DC, ...
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How does underwater rules work with flying familiars?

I will soon run the Underworld Speculation adventure with my group of players. Two of their characters have flying familiars (an owl and a pseudodragon). Is there something in the rules that states ...
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Can a wizard under the effects of Feign Death issue telepathic commands to their familiar?

A wizard has a summoned familiar within 100 feet that is currently idle and has Feign Death (PHB, p. 240) cast on them by another PC. Would the wizard still be able to issue telepathic commands to ...
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does Voice of the Chain Master effectively replace Devil's Sight If the warlock's familiar is an imp? [duplicate]

to me, the Voice of the Chain Master invocation reads that it completely upgrades the basic Find Familiar spell, increasing the range of the telepathic communication to 100 feet and no longer ...

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