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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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Homebrew spell to improve familiar link before combat

Yesterday I was thinking that the standard actions required to manage the familiar (to see and hear from her, to dismiss and recall her into the pocket dimension, etc) are quite a burden in combat, so ...
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Familiar senses outside of a turn order

Find Familiar says as an action, you can see through your familiar's eyes and hear what it hears until the start of your next turn What if you're not in a turn order, out of combat? When does this ...
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Is there any way to make familiars useful at higher (10+) levels of play?

Here's my problem. I'm playing an Arcanist, currently level 12, Mythic 1 (fresh after level-up), so called god-wizard build (plenty of CC and pre-combat buffs for fights and swiss-army-knife for ...
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What ways can a pure martial get Find Familiar at level 1?

I want to have a familiar on a character of a class without access to Spellcasting or Pact Magic features, and I want this to occur at level 1. The way I know how to do it is with a feat that gives ...
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is there any spell or magic item that can give a familiar the flyby ability?

Currently there are very few familiars that have the flyby ability. I was wondering: is there any spell or magic item that can give a familiar the flyby ability? My familiar is a tressym so he is able ...
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Is there any way to improve or adjust familiar stats in PF1e?

Basically what it says on the tin; I'm playing in a campaign where I've taken the leadership feat, and I have 1st level wizards to manage. I'm looking for something low level that can improve or ...
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Can Blindness/Deafness Condition caused by Find Familiar etc be removed by Lesser Restoration?

Spells such as Find Familiar and Beast Sense cause the caster to be blinded and deafened to their own senses when perceiving through the senses of the familiar/beast. Does that count as the blinded ...
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What is a "general emotion" for Empathic Link?

As a Wizard, I have a Familiar: Empathic Link (Su): The master has an empathic link with his familiar to a 1 mile distance. The master can communicate empathically with the familiar, but cannot see ...
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Can a Shield Guardian have a familiar?

A shield guardian has the Spell Storing trait: Spell Storing. A spellcaster who wears the shield guardian’s amulet can cause the guardian to store one spell of 4th level or lower. To do so, the ...
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Transferring familiar - Statblock Issues

I'm trying to follow a long-established (in lore) tradition of master transferring his familiar to his student after taking the Improved Familiar feat. While flavor and care of treating familiar like ...
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How does cover interact with a Pact of the Chain Warlock with the Voice of the Chain Master Invocation?

I'm DMing for a group with a Pact of the Chain Genie Warlock in it, and he has Voice of the Chain Master. There was this one time when the party was investigating a nobleman's office and half of them ...
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Is there any way to work around Familiar Alignment restrictions?

Is there any way to work around Familiar Alignment restrictions? Examples: LE Wizard wanting to get Faerie Dragon as a Familiar. CG Wizard wanting to get Ratling as a Familiar. Is there any way to ...
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Is a familiar with the figment archetype still cursed, diseased, or poisoned after it dies then returns?

Do Figment Archetype Familiar with Lycanthropy retain Lycanthropy after returning from death? Recurring Dream (Su): Pathfinder Ultimate Wilderness A figment has a total number of hit points equal to ...
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What could a Homunculus Servant transform into via true polymorph?

Looking at the Homunculus Servant stat block, I noticed that for CR it's just blankt. Not 0, not number, just blank. It made me wonder, would it be affected by spells like polymorph or true polymorph? ...
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Which Level are a Familiar's Hit Points calculated from?

Page 52 of the PHB say that a familiar has half the HD and HP of their master. Is this the character's total level, or just of their relevant Arcane class level?
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What are the ways that I can access the spell Find Familiar via magic items or feats?

After asking if Revivify is commonly used, I started searching for ways that I could cast Find Familiar, since that was the only other spell that I had trouble justifying an entire feat for. Answers ...
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Can Paragon Surge be cast on a familiar?

Familiars have the Share Spells ability, allowing spells with special targeting rules to be cast on them: Share Spells: The wizard may cast a spell with a target of “You” on his familiar (as a touch ...
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Could a familiar use a Spellwrought tattoo?

The description of a Spellwrought Tattoo states: Produced by a special needle, this magic tattoo contains a single 1st level spell, wrought on your skin by a magic needle. To use the tattoo, you must ...
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Rage of Elements Familiars Questions

I'm a 20+ year DND veteran/forever DM trying to switch my players to PF2e. I have some questions about PF2e familiars, "specific familiars", and the rage of elements familiars, that I can't ...
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Can the Healer Feat be used through an Imp familiar with a healer's kit?

While familiars have been commonly used to deliver potions of healing because "your familiar acts independently of you, but it always obeys your commands" and "can take other actions as ...
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Is there a rule for poison gathering?

I have heard some people are gathering poison from their Imps (fetched by Improved Familiar feat) and give it to the rogue in their team. But I can't find the related rule anywhere (there's a [Craft (...
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Expandable and free Animal/Familiar/Special Mount

I think everyone hate when an animal companion, mount, or familiar dies. But what is even worse is the time you have to wait to get them back if it happens. Here is a list of every creature you can ...
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How is a familiar's HP calculated when getting bonus on constitution?

In the description of familiars, it says: For the purpose of effects related to number of Hit Dice, use the master’s character level or the familiar’s normal HD total, whichever is higher. The ...
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Can a familiar use master abilities while in a Familiar Tattoo?

Familiar Tattoo is a magic item from Secrets of Magic, and your familiar can crawl into it. While it doesn't mention either master or familiar abilities, the latter mostly need movement or interaction ...
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Can becoming a familiar make an Improved Familiar worse: Pathfinder edition

As per this 3.5e question, I believe Pathfinder also has flat tables about familiar advancement - ones that aren't granting "+X to existing statistic", I mean - and thus I find myself ...
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Grant infinite use of polymorph (to humanoid only) to familiar?

I am wondering if there would be an option to grant the familiar the ability to polymorph itself into a humanoid form (just like what dragons do), which could be interesting story-wise. The closes hit ...
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Can you replace a dead alchemical familiar?

Let's say Bob, an Alchemist, took the Alchemical Familiar class feat. Now let's say this familiar gets killed. Is there a way for Bob to get his familiar back?
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Can a flying familiar use the Help action to give advantage and then use flyby to avoid being attacked?

As written, can a flying familiar fly to within 5 ft of an enemy, use the Help action to give advantage to an ally's next attack vs that enemy, then immediately fly away out of reach using the Flyby ...
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Pact of The Chain Familiar and Magic Stone: can an Imp (or another Familiar with Arms / Hands) Throw the rocks?

I gave a pouch, filled with some pebbles, to the Imp to hold. On my turn, I cast Magic stone with my bonus action and attack with some other cantrip like Mind Sliver or something. Then on the ...
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Would a spider familiar be able to press the button on the immovable rod whilst swinging from a rope tied to said rod?

1st time DM here. My level 3 party (DnD 5e) used the immovable rod and some rope to escape through the window of a collapsing tower in the latest session. This left the immovable rod out of range of ...
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Can a Pact of the Chain familiar use the help action with counterspell?

I've been trying to find an answer to whether or not a Pact of the Chain familiar can give you advantage on counterspell. I can't find anything directly answering this. I have found that a chainlock ...
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Can a familiar be resummoned on the other side of a door? [duplicate]

There is a thread about Conjure Elemental not being able to be cast on the other side of a wall due to targeting rules. Does this also apply to bringing a familiar from its extradimensional space? Or ...
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Can summons be verbally commanded with Voice of the Chain Master?

Summons like Summon Greater Demon and Conjure Elemental require a verbal command from the caster. Let's say the caster is elsewhere, but they have the Voice of the Chain Master invocation. Can that be ...
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If I am using my familiar's special sense to see and a creature is attacking me that I see with my familiar, would they get advantage?

Similar to the following: Can I act normally while seeing through my familiar's eyes, per the Find Familiar spell? Can a spell caster attack and/or cast spells while using a familiar's senses?...
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Can you cast non self spells from Meld into Stone?

The clause in Meld Into Stone that says "you [...] can cast spells on yourself..." is confusing, because it doesn't say with a range of Self or if the rationale is because you are behind ...
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Can a Pact of the chain warlock take the Attack action via familiar reaction from any distance?

The find familiar spell declares a 100 foot distance for eligibility to deliver a spell with range of touch, but I do not see a distance listed for an attack delivered as a reaction of the familiar ...
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Can a Pact of the Chain Warlock use his/her familiar to deliver the warlock's own physical opportunity attack?

When an enemy leaves the reach of a Pact of the Chain warlock, and the warlock gets a physical opportunity attack, can the familiar deliver it to that enemy if both use their reactions?
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Familiar help action flavor [closed]

My DM wants to know how (flavor-wise) my familiar does the help action. My familiar is a small animal (usually spider) hanging on my shoulder while I engage in melee combat. All types of flavor from ...
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In D&D 3.5, can a familiar be temporarily dismissed?

I am thinking of getting the Improved Familiar feat and obtaining a Hippogriff, but as a large creature, it could be hard to carry around especially when I am walking around in the city. Is there a (...
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Can Pact of the Chain Warlocks forgo one of their attacks to not break Invisibility?

I was wondering if you use the second bulletin of the pact of the chain if it would break the invisibility spell. Pact of the Chain feature in question Additionally, when you take the Attack action, ...
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Who holds the bond when the Warding Bond spell is cast through a familiar?

The text of the spell Find Familiar states (emphasis mine): when you cast a spell with a range of touch, your familiar can deliver the spell as if it had cast the spell. The spell Warding Bond's ...
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Can a wildshaped Druid proxy a touch spell through its familiar?

A Druid in wild shape ... can’t cast spells ... But, Find Familiar allows ... your familiar [to] deliver [a touch spell] as if it had cast the spell. Does specific beat general here, and allow a ...
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Can a Pact of the Chain Imp familiar confer invisibility and flight onto its Warlock?

An imp has an innate fly speed of 40 and a carrying capacity of 45lbs (15 X 6 STR / 2) . And, it can turn invisible at will, conferring that to any equipment it is wearing or carrying: The imp ...
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Is Mind Sliver + Pact of the Chain Investment of Chain Master pseudodragon game breakingly OP?

The spell Mind Sliver's text says: You drive a disorienting spike of psychic energy into the mind of one creature you can see within range. The target must succeed on an Intelligence saving throw or ...
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Owl familiar deliver long distance message?

It is balanced to allow Owl Familiars to deliver long-distance messages (written on paper or tiny objects)? Find Familiar spells explains: Your familiar acts independently of you, but it always obeys ...
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Can familiars take forms of multiple animals? Like turn from a Raven to a Cat? [closed]

Just wondering, can a familiar shape shift into different animals?
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When a familiar with Investment of the chain throws a Magic Stone pebble on a Hex'd enemy, does it trigger 1d6 extra damage?

Like the title says: the attacks are made with Magic Stone (cast by the Warlock, maybe even through the familiar) and thrown by their familiar itself. Are those attacks considered attacks made by the ...
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Does Poisoner Feat work on Warlock Familiars?

If a player is a Pact of the Chain Warlock and they decide to choose their familiar to be a sprite and had the Poisoner Feat, could they use that feat to apply poison to the sprite's weapons?
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Can you cast message on a familiar/animal?

In my D&D campaign, there is an animal that has been tracking/following us. I suspect it to be a familiar of the big bad we may be fighting, but it has only watched us from a distance. If I cast ...
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Can you use the sidekick rules from Tasha's CoE to make a summoned familiar as a sidekick?

Can you use the sidekick rules from Tasha's Cauldron of Everything to make a summoned familiar as a sidekick?
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