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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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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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....
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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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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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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 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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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?
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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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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 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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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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Can a Familiar level up with its master during their adventures?

Can a Familiar level up with its master during their adventures and improve their stats, abilities and skills, or are they fated to stay as written in the Monsters Manual? I want to know cause I'm ...
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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 fly with a small person?

The rulebook states that carrying capacity is the strength score times 15 (lbs). Find familiar allows me to get a hawk, which has a strength score of 5. This results in a carrying capacity of 75 lbs. ...
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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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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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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 move and act with the Ready action?

I am trying to understand the Find Familiar spell and its interaction with the Ready action. The PHB reads about Ready: First, you decide what perceivable circumstance will trigger your reaction. ...
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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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Can a familiar use a Help action to grant advantage on an attack to a near by ally?

Can a familiar use a Help action to grant advantage on an Attack to a near by ally? As I understand it, a familiar can aid in any action it can take itself. But by the spell Find Familiar, a normal ...
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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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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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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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Can a Pact of the Chain warlock's sprite familiar use the Help action and stay invisible?

According to the D&D 5th edition Player's Handbook, the description of the Help action in combat states (page 192; bolding made by me): You can aid a friendly creature in attacking a creature ...
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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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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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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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Do familiars cast from Find Familiar need to eat and sleep?

The spell find familiar conjures a celestial, fey, or fiend spirit that takes the form of a beast. Do these special beings need food, drink, and sleep? If so, how much of it?