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 Rogue exploit a tiny familiar for automatic Sneak Attack in melee?

A Rogue's Sneak Attack can be triggered "if another enemy of the target is within 5 feet of it". This other enemy may be a familiar. Being tiny, a spider familiar can mount the Rogue without limiting ...
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Can a familiar use a magic item to cast a concentration spell?

As there are items that do not require attunement and allow the casting of spells through them, such as the wind fan, is it possible to have the familiar maintain concentration on this spell? While ...
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Is it possible for two Sorceresses to be a Familiar to each other?

On one of my Pathfinder tables, two players came up with the idea of having their new characters - two 3rd level Sorceresses - not only having a romantic relationship, but also being so important to ...
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Do familiars reproduce? If 'yes', what kinds of offspring result?

The spell Find Familiar summons a simple yet common creature of the caster's choice (like a cat, rat, raven or weasel). Such a creature's organs all function healthfully, including eating and sleeping....
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Does a familiar act on its own initiative count?

In campaigns in which I participate a familiar is controlled by the player in normal situations; the DM takes over the familiar if the PC orders his familiar to do something very dangerous, gives it a ...
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How does the Contingency spell interact with familiars?

Contingency is a personal range spell which lasts until some arbitrarily-defined condition triggers it. At that point it casts another “companion” spell, “which affects your person” and ends. If you ...
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If “Imbue Familiar with Spell Ability” is cast on a familiar, does the Share Spells ability allow its spell to be shared with the original caster?

If a wizard/sorcerer employs the spell "Imbue Familiar with Spell Ability", transfers spells on his familiar and has then his familiar cast a spell (e.g. Invisibility) on him, can his familiar share ...
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Can a Gazer Familiar use its Eye Rays?

Given that, from Find Familiar: A familiar can't attack, but it can take other actions as normal. Can a Gazer Familiar (VGM, p. 126; WDH, p. 105) use its Eye Rays? Eye Rays. The gazer shoots ...
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How does this familiar Gazer work?

Our Wizard has the Find Familiar spell, and we're running through Waterdeep: Dragon Heist. At a point of the adventure, adventurers find an albino Gazer. If I understand correctly, the Wizard can now ...
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Does a familiar count as an ally? [duplicate]

If a hobgoblin wizard had a familiar summoned, would that familiar count as an ally, thus boosting the Saving Face ability? Saving Face: Hobgoblins are careful not to show weakness in front of ...
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Will my familiar remember me when I re-summon it, or is it a new entity?

Playing D&D 5e, and my Pact of the Chain warlock's quasit familiar, Jimmy Peanuts, has fallen at the hands of a lizardman and vanished upon hitting 0 hp. I understand that I can cast Find ...
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Can you cast Counterspell through the senses of your familiar? [duplicate]

I was looking into creating a wizard that remains hidden for the most part from combat (potentially even to go as far as to hide in a fellow party members' backpack, they are a halfling) and thought ...
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Can Familiars read and use spell scrolls?

I'm playing an Artificer/Rogue (2019 version on D&D Beyond, going for Archivist but I took magic initiate and got Find Familiar) and I want to get a little more support ability by using spell ...
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Can a Warlock with Pact of the Chain gain Magic Resistance from a Pseudodragon familiar? [duplicate]

If a Warlock selects Pact of the Chain, they gain the ability to summon a pseudodragon familiar with Find Familiar. Pseudodragons have a sidebar in the Monster Manual entitled Variant: Pseudodragon ...
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Does a familiar stay the same after being true polymorphed and then dismissed and resummoned?

Let's say someone true polymorphs your snake familiar into a bandit and concentrates long enough to make it permanent, does the familiar stay a bandit when you dismiss them and resummon?
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Can a Druid/Warlock multiclass use Voice of the Chain Master to speak through their familiar while in Wild Shape?

Pact of the Chain Warlocks have access to an invocation called Voice of the Chain Master: Voice of the Chain Master Prerequisite: Pact of the Chain feature You can communicate ...
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Can a True Polymorphed Familiar Change Spells?

Say you're a Pact of the Chain warlock, so you have a familiar with a CR of 1 or something. If you hit 17th level or find and pay a high-level mage to permanently turn your familiar into an Apprentice ...
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How am I supposed to know what abilities familiars have naturally?

This seems to be a weird issue. The method of creating Familiars in Pathfinder 2e seems freeform at first but then when you get to the specifics of it, it seems that you must know the exact stats of ...
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Can a Pact of the Chain warlock forgo their Attack action to have all familiars from the Flock of Familars spell make an attack?

The Pact of the Chain warlock gets the following benefit: Additionally, when you take the Attack action, you can forgo one of your own attacks to allow your familiar to make one attack with its ...
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Does a familiar/steed/greater steed keep its memories from before it was summoned/made to change form?

When casting/recasting find familiar, find steed, or find greater steed does the resulting creature retain memories from its previous life as a spirit or the creature you had it as before? For ...
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Can my imp familiar still talk when shapeshifted (to a raven, if that matters)?

My Great Old One warlock just made third level, and I chose Pact of the Chain. I chose an imp as a familiar initially (recasting find familiar would allow me to change to an ordinary familiar or any ...
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How do you progress your familiar without taking more levels in that class?

I am playing a cleric/wizard/Mystic Theurge. I choose the familiar class feature for my wizard. MT only progresses a wizards spell casting and caster level. You do not learn new spells and the ...
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If a wizard has a familiar and the feat Eldritch Heritage for the Arcane bloodline, what level do you use to determine the powers of the familiar?

If a wizard has a familiar and the feat Eldritch Heritage for the Arcane bloodline, what level do you use to determine the powers of the familiar? The bloodline grants: ...you gain an arcane bond, ...
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Can a familiar draw from the Deck of Many things? [duplicate]

Can a familiar draw a card from the Deck of Many Things?
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How does line of sight for spells work, accounting for familiars?

I had to make a call today and I'm wondering how this scenario should've gone down The map was a U-shaped hallway; the party was on the lower left of the U, with the enemies on the upper right. The ...
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Can multiple characters have the same familiar using the Find Familiar spell?

Is there anything RAW that would prevent two different characters using the Find Familiar spell from intentionally gaining the service of the same familiar spirit? I am aware that if 1 familiar was '...
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Can my familiar turn me invisible?

If, as a multiclassed wizard/druid, I have an imp familiar from the find familiar spell and I wild shape into a rat, can the imp hold me and turn invisible?
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When I summon a cat familiar, why does it matter if it is a fey or fiend or celestial?

It says in the summoning spell that when you summon an animal it is a fey fiend or celestial (your choice). What does this do? Do they get any abilities or buffs from these like types?
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If I multiclass a Wizard and a Sorcerer with Arcane Bloodline, can I choose a familiar for both?

If I multiclass a Wizard and a Sorcerer with Arcane Bloodline, can I choose a familiar for both? Or can I have a familiar from one class and a bonded object from the other?
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Can you use the Help action to give a 2019 UA Artillerist artificer's turret advantage?

I am playing in a campaign as a level 4 Artillerist artificer from the May 2019 UA. I am thinking of taking Magic Initiate (wizard) as my feat, and learning the find familiar spell with it. I am ...
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Find Familiar Spell & Scrying [closed]

When a wizard is using their familiar to spy on a creature or location, does an Amulet of Proof against Detection and Magic prevent the wizard from seeing the person wearing the amulet? Does Non-...
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Can a familiar be used to satisfy the 30-foot requirement of the spell Locate Creature?

A wizard has seen through her familiar's eyes an NPC who was within 30 feet of the familiar, but more than 30 feet away from the wizard. Can the spell locate creature, cast by the aforementioned ...
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Who controls a summoned steed’s familiar?

The spell Find Steed allows you to cast a spell and have it also effect your steed. While mounted on your steed, you can make any spell you cast that targets only you also target your steed. In ...
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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 ...