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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
18
votes
3answers
4k views

Can you train/call a Blink Dog? If so, how?

In my game, I'm an elvish druid who was gifted a Blink Dog familiar, and I am trying to find the familiar's owner (a wizard). The dog follows me around, but out of my sight. I have attempted to call ...
15
votes
4answers
2k views

Is there an celestial equivalent to an imp/quasit?

Introduced in the early editions of D&D, imps and quasits were presented as devil/demon familiar options for evil spellcasters, and as of fifth edition, this aspect of them hasn't changed. ...
9
votes
0answers
79 views

Can your familiar (via Find Familiar) initiate telepathic communication with you? [duplicate]

The find familiar spell says (emphasis mine): While your familiar is within 100 feet of you, you can communicate with it telepathically. So, clearly you can speak to it telepathically, say to ...
1
vote
2answers
6k views

Can a familiar from the Find Familiar spell communicate with Beasts?

Let's say you cast the find familiar spell, and summon a bat as your familiar. Obviously, a bat only has an Intelligence of 2, and can't communicate with you easily by any method other than your ...
2
votes
1answer
68 views

What are the stats for an imp in ad&d 2nd edition ravenloft? [closed]

While searching for a familiar in Ravenloft in AD&D 2e I rolled a 19 and found an imp, but I can't find the stat block for it. Where can I find it and what is it?
7
votes
1answer
379 views

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 half (as it is Tiny) of 15 lbs times its Strength score (3), or 22 lbs [...
13
votes
5answers
7k views

Is it possible to have two familiars?

Out of curiosity, is it possible to have two familiars? As far as I know there are two possible ways to obtain familiars. One is with the find familiar spell; the other is to find a creature with the ...
11
votes
2answers
2k views

Can a warlock gain a 2nd familiar by multiclassing into wizard?

Last time our Warlock friend leveled up, and as he did we called it a night. Today he came over to discuss options for multi-classing, as he feels the Warlock is somewhat limited in spells. The normal ...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

Can Benign Transposition be used on your familiar as a form of teleportation?

I might be thinking of Pathfinder, but if familiars in DnD can teleport to their masters, would it be possible to use Benign Transposition to switch places with your familiar, then have it return to ...
4
votes
1answer
3k views

Could a Halfling Warlock Ride a Pseudodragon?

What I would like to know is, can I ride a pseudodragon or get carried ( by its feetclaws) by an Imp. Without taking any attack penalties. Not really looking for cover bonuses. I have a Halfling ...
0
votes
0answers
43 views

Is there anything in the rules that say a familiar can attune to magic items? [duplicate]

Is there anything in the rules that say a familiar can attune to magic items? I've seen lots of questions about if familiars can attune to items and the community seems to agree on that they can. ...
12
votes
1answer
235 views

Can a Familiar use a Tentacle Rod?

Based on my understanding, activating a Tentacle Rod requires the "Use an Object" action. As a 3rd level warlock with Pact of the Chain and an imp familiar, can I order my imp to carry and activate a ...
10
votes
3answers
16k views

Homunculus: worth its own weight?

I started a new campaign and the DM started me with an egg, which I just discovered contains a homunculus. (egg, whatever). I looked up its stats and it seems...awful. The create homunculus spell from ...
12
votes
2answers
537 views

Can a multitarget spell with a range of “Touch” be delivered by both a familiar and the caster simultaneously?

I'm a level 5 warlock with Pact of the Chain, so I can cast invisibility with a level 3 slot, and cause 2 creatures to become invisible. Can I use my familiar to deliver invisibility to both someone ...
5
votes
0answers
32 views

Can a familiar deliver only a portion of a touch spell? [duplicate]

Can I have my familiar deliver only a portion of a touch spell and the caster deliver the other portion of it. The specific spell in question is Fly (upcast to 5th level because Warlock) and my ...
3
votes
0answers
42 views

Is it possible to cast spells on places that can be seen through a familiar? [duplicate]

Is it possible to cast spells on places that can be seen through a familiar? A wizard is inside a room and their familiar is outside of it. An enemy is also outside, in front of the familiar. Would ...
1
vote
2answers
108 views

Are there any ways to make an improved familiar speak with people other than its master?

Outside ones that can talk naturally, like the silvanshi (who has truespeech), I can't think of any way to get an improved familiar to talk with people other than its master. The mascot and decoy ...
15
votes
3answers
2k views

Dealing Hex damage when a familiar delivers a touch spell

Per the rules of Find Familiar, familiars can deliver touch spells on behalf of their owner: Finally, when you cast a spell with a range of touch, your familiar can deliver the spell as if it had ...
6
votes
1answer
171 views

How far can my owl familiar see and what does it remember?

I have a standard owl familiar. While outdoors and flying, how far can it see? How does this change from daylight to dusk? How much of this can it recall? I've seen the DM's guide on Visibility ...
0
votes
1answer
54 views

Does the decoy familiar archetype stack with improved familiar if the familiar can't speak and does not give a variable bonus

familiar archetype rules Animal archetypes modify familiars’ standard abilities, similar to how class archetypes modify player characters’ class features. These archetypes function by swapping ...
8
votes
2answers
563 views

When does a Chain Familiar’s attack occur using the new UA Eldritch Invocation: Chain Master's Fury?

When using the new UA Eldritch Invocation, Chain Master's Fury (from the UA Class Feature Variants, p. 10): Chain Master's Fury Prerequisite: 9th level, Pact of the Chain feature As a ...
18
votes
3answers
6k views

Perception checks through a familiar's eyes

If I cast the find familiar spell and summon a familiar, then I can look through my familiar's eyes, hear through its ears, and communicate with it telepathically. (It is not a blind or deaf creature. ...
17
votes
3answers
30k views

Why can't the “Variant: Imp Familiar” be found with the Find Familiar spell?

The Find Familiar spell describes a familiar The Find Familiar spell description explains what a "familiar" is. It describes its properties — acts independently, can't attack, can deliver spells, can ...
11
votes
2answers
1k views

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, ...
8
votes
3answers
2k views

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, ...
17
votes
6answers
3k views

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 ...
10
votes
1answer
330 views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
264 views

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 ...
11
votes
4answers
9k views

Is this Flying Monkey familiar overpowered?

I am DMing a game with my niece, whose character is a 2nd level Wizard. In our last session she acquired the find familiar spell which she copied into her spell book and then wanted to cast to summon ...
9
votes
2answers
2k views

Does a spell that requires an attack roll count as an “attack” for familiars?

In the subsection about attacking (as opposed to the subsection about spellcasting), it says: A few spells also involve making a melee attack. ... When you make a ranged attack, you fire ...
7
votes
1answer
190 views

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 ...
8
votes
3answers
4k views

Is this Eldritch Crystal Familiar overpowered?

My friend is DMing a campaign, and I've been helping him balance out the homebrew content the players request. The most recent request is a custom familiar that the PC is getting through the Magic ...
8
votes
2answers
509 views

What happens when a master shares the Alter Self spell with his familiar?

A wizard's familiar gains the supernatural ability share spells that says At the master’s option, he may have any spell (but not any spell-like ability) he casts on himself also affect his familiar....
5
votes
1answer
99 views

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 ...
6
votes
3answers
2k views

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....
2
votes
2answers
76 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
76 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
287 views

Can I use a spell-like ability which is similar but not equal a certain spell to fulfil magic item creation requisites?

The SRD rules to create an magic item are not clear about the possibility of using spell-like abilities to fulfil the spell requisites when creating a magic item. It only says that "access through ...
7
votes
1answer
634 views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
614 views

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 ...
7
votes
3answers
1k views

If I cast a spell through my Vulture familiar, do I attack with advantage thanks to its Pack Tactics trait?

The find familiar spell description states: 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 o ...
11
votes
1answer
739 views

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 ...
19
votes
7answers
12k views

Does the Voice of the Chain Master eldritch invocation let me cast a purely verbal spell through my familiar?

In D&D 5e, as a Pact of the Chain Warlock, I can choose an eldritch invocation that lets me speak in my own voice through my familiar called Voice of the Chain Master (PHB 111): You can ...
3
votes
2answers
230 views

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 ...
11
votes
1answer
864 views

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
5k views

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 ...
22
votes
3answers
10k views

Can a familiar attune and wear or use a magic item?

Is it possible for a familiar to attune to and then wear or wield a magic item?
14
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
12
votes
3answers
629 views

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?
1
vote
0answers
62 views

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 ...

1 2 3 4 5 7