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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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Are Imps incapable of speech or is my DM messing with me?

So, I am new to DnD and have been having a conversation with my DM about restrictions she is putting on my Warlock (pact of the chain), such as limiting my short rests to only one per day to restrict ...
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Can I use my familiar as a safety deposit box?

The Find Familiar spell states, in part: As an action, you can temporarily dismiss your familiar. It disappears into a pocket dimension where it awaits your summons. The question arising from this ...
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What can a familiar actually do?

The PHB states: "A familiar can’t attack, but it can take other actions as normal." What can a familiar do? Can it use a potion of healing on a character? Can it drop caltrops?
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Can I still cast spells through my polymorphed familiar?

Is a polymorphed familiar still considered a familiar for purposes of casting touch spells through them?
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How does Find Familiar work with a Ring of Spell Storing?

Say a Wizard casts Find Familiar for himself, and then casts it again into a Ring of Spell Storing. The Ring is then given to another person, let's say a Rogue, who uses the Ring to cast Find Familiar....
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Does a Warlock receive the benefit of their familiar's Magic Resistance trait?

The Warlock has access to special forms for their find familiar spell through the Pact of the Chain feature. I'm wondering if these special forms, the Quasit, Imp, and Pseudodragon in particular, ...
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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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Using a familiar to deliver a touch attack with the Ready action

The last paragraph of the Find Familiar spell contains the following: ...when you cast a spell with a range of touch, your familiar can deliver the spell as if it had cast the spell. Your ...
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What happens to a familiar if the wizard is unconscious?

Reading over the PHB spell entry for familiars, I don't see anything about what happens to the familiar if its "owner" dies or is unconscious. I'm going to assume if the owner dies, the familiar ...
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Is granting Fey Ancestry to a fey creature unbalancing?

Elves and half-elves have the fey ancestry racial trait; however, I have noticed that the fey creatures do not have the same trait. It seems illogical that fey would not have the benefits of Fey ...
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Clarifying the benefits of the Alert feat over Find Familiar

After reading around as a new player, I've discovered how powerful the Find Familiar spell can be for creative players—albeit it's possible I've misunderstood the leeway Find Familiar affords. For ...
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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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Does Distant Spell work when casting through Familiars?

I have a somewhat peculiar question inasmuch as a sorcerer in a game I am DMing took the 'Magic Initiate' feat because he desperately wanted to be able to cast Find Familiar (a wizard only spell). A ...
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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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Alternatives to Familiars in DnD 3.X [duplicate]

Players tend to not keep very effective track of their familiars. Where can I find (or equally what can I use as) alternative Class Features for Wizards and Sorcerers to replace Familiars which will ...
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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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Can a cat familiar open a potion bottle by itself?

My character has a Cat familiar (lvl 16) with an INT of 11 and a DEX of 15. Previously our DM has ruled that the Cat can retrieve a potion from the characters Heward's Handy Haversack. The question ...
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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 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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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. ...
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Does a Wizard's Familiar grant advantage on every roll?

We're a new group playing DnD 5e. Three of us have no prior experience (and I'm one of them, never played the earlier editions) whilst two of us have some to good experience with other editions. I'm ...
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Can a familiar use the Help action on an ally within 5 feet without being within 5 feet of the enemy the ally is attacking?

I was looking at the thing a familiar could do in combat and found the Help action. The description of the Help action is as follows: You can lend your aid to another creature in the completion of ...
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Can a spell cast through a familiar be Counterspelled even if the familiar's “owner” is out of range?

The find familiar text states: Finally, 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 of you, ...
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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 ...
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Can wizards have familiars without the use of the find familiar spell?

In the class section for wizards in the PHB it doesn't state anything about familiars. You can learn the find familiar spell as a 1st level spell which creates a "spirit that takes an animal form", ...
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What can a wizard take instead of a familiar at 1st level?

The familiar is brilliant feature for a wizard, but not for a prestige multiclassing one. Such a wizard stops upgrading his familiar once getting off the main road. So if he still wants to utilize his ...
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Can a familiar with low intelligence report back to its master what it observed when it was more than 100 feet from its master?

According to the Find Familiar spell description, ...the familiar has the statistics of the chosen form... and While your familiar is within 100 feet of you, you can communicate with it ...
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I am neither a Wizard, nor a Warlock. How can I get a “full-featured” familiar?

Let's say I'm playing a 1-st level variant: human Ranger and want a "full-featured" familiar to deliver my touch spells (and use all other familiar features just like a Wizard does). First thing ...
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How can I ride my Pseudodragon?

I play a tiny sorcerer with a Pseudodragon familiar, I'd like to be able to ride it, but we are both tiny. We play d&d 3/3.5 mixed (whatever rules end up being more convienent). The best route ...
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Can your familiar concentrate on a spell it delivers?

As stated in the PHB "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 of you, and it must use its ...
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Can a familiar be targeted by the Awaken spell?

Can a familiar obtained by the Find Familiar spell be Awakened, giving it 10 INT and a language?
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Can a wizard use his familiar's senses to enlarge his “you can see” area?

I am thinking about a wizard who has a rat familiar (from the find familiar spell), and has the misty step spell prepared. Can he use his familiar's senses to teleport into another room (where the ...
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Can a familiar from the Find Familiar spell use Dragon's Breath?

One of the new spells from Xanathar's Guide to Everything is Dragon's Breath. Even though the spell is attacking, nowhere in the spell description does it specifically say that you are attacking with ...
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Can I send my Owl familiar on guard duty?

I have the spell Find Familiar which partially reads: You gain the service of a familiar, a spirit that takes an animal form you choose. Your familiar acts independently of you, but it always ...
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Viewing a Medusa through a Familiar (or Other Creature)

Short question: What happens if you view a Medusa while perceiving through another creature's senses, such as by Warlock's Voice of the Chain Master or Gaze of Two Minds eldritch invocations? I'm ...
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If my kobold uses a familiar to deliver Shocking Grasp, do I roll with advantage thanks to Pack Tactics?

Suppose I'm playing a kobold sorcerer with find familiar by way of ritual caster or a dip into lore bard. It's a lovely overcast day and I decide that what I'd really like to do with my turn is to ...
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Is a Pact of the Chain Warlock's quasit familiar really this effective as a spy?

One of my players has a Warlock with the Pact of the Chain. This PC has a quasit familiar. If we are applying the rules correctly… Pact of the Chain You learn the find familiar spell and can ...
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Do familiars have to be summoned?

So the way the spell find familiar works is that you summon a fey/fiend/celestial that takes the form of a normal animal and follows your commands unquestionably. But then I see certain variant rules ...
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When a wizard's familiar attacks, who's the attacker for the purposes of Invisibility?

The Invisibility spell states: If the subject attacks directly, however, it immediately becomes visible Who is the attacker when a familiar delivers a touch spell? The familiar, the spellcaster or ...
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Can you cast True Strike and upon the next turn cast a touch spell through a familar for advantage?

I am rather curious about the interactions between Find Familiar and True Strike in the case of touch spells in D&D 5e. My understanding is that the touch spell can be delivered by a familiar, but ...
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Can a Pact of the Chain Warlock have a celestial imp as a familiar?

Pact of the Chain says (bold text mine): You learn the find familiar spell and can cast it (...) When you cast the spell, (...) choose one of the following special forms: imp, pseudodragon, ...
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Can a non-caster class gain a familiar from a Reserve Ioun Stone containing the Find Familiar spell?

A Reserve Ioun Stone can store up to three levels worth of spells and can be used by anyone. While the spell uses the same stats as the original caster (DC, spell attack, and ability modifier, slot ...
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What is the range limit of seeing through a familiar's eyes?

I know the spell says you can communicate with the familiar telepathically if you are within 100 feet of it but the wording afterwards does not actually say the shared senses have to adhere to the 100 ...
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Owl familiar capabilities while executing the Dragon's Breath cone

I just had a session last night, when I was trying to execute Dragon's Breath with my owl familiar for the extra damage of course. DM didn't allow me to fly from one side of the room to the other and ...
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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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Would a familiar be detected by a mummy lord in its lair? If not would this plan work to kill it?

For context our party used a bean from a bag of magic beans that created a Mummy Lord (ML) and its lair, we are all at level 5 and a Mummy Lord in it's lair has a challenge rating of 16. There is no ...
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How does a Pseudodragon interact with Find Familiar?

The Find Familiar spells allows a magic user to summon a spirit which takes on an animal form to serve as a familiar. If it is defeated, it disappears, and can be resummoned by casting the spell again....
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Does a familiar differ in physical appearance from the real animal?

Is there any physical appearance difference between a wizard's familiar, from find familiar, and the animal it is copying?
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Can my familiar use a Ring of Spell Storing?

Can a familiar from the pact of chain (quasit, imp, sprite, pseudodragon) attune with a ring of spell storing? If so, can I cast a spell requiring concentration into the ring and then have the ...
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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 ...