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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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Is there a time limit for a Mauler Archetype to stay in Battle form?

At 3rd level, a mauler familiar gains the Battle Form ability: Battle Form (Su) At 3rd level, a mauler gains the ability to transform into a larger, more ferocious form and back as a standard ...
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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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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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Can a wizard have a swarm of animals as a familiar?

Can a wizard have a swarm of animals as a familiar? An Imp is a possible familiar and has a CR of 1, and most swarms have CRs of 1/4. Does it have to be a single creature or could the spirit take the ...
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Does a touch-range spell cast using Find Familiar have to have line of sight from the caster?

The description of the find familiar spell 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 ...
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Barring telepathy or direct observation, what information does Find Familiar provide the caster regarding the familiar's state?

This question has its genesis in a common situation: a PC sends his familiar reconnoitering. The familiar travels beyond the range of both direct observation (vision, hearing, etc.) and find familiar'...
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Trying to make a Familiar like D&D 3.5e for a Magical Boy in M&M3e

I'm playing a magical boy or better version of Tuxedo Mask. I want to emulate what D&D 3.5e Familiars can do. Would a Power or an Advantage be better to do so? Minion, Summon, or Sidekick? How do ...
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Does Comprehend Languages work through a Familiar?

The comprehend languages spell says: For the duration, you understand the literal meaning of any spoken language that you hear. You also understand any written language that you see, but you ...
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Would allowing familiars outside the ones described in Find Familiar cause problems? [closed]

I plan on running a 5e campaign sometime soon, and I'm not very familiar (pun intended) with the rules and implications of the Find Familiar spell. In the past, I've run 3.5e campaigns and had ...
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Do imps and pseudodragons serving as variant familiars earn XP, or share XP with the party?

This question is directly related to two other questions: Do familiars or animal companions earn or share XP with the party? How is a variant familiar imp and pseudodragon (in the Monster Manual ...
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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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Can your psicrystal fuse with you and give you construct immunities?

Can your psicrystal: Use Metamorphosis to transform into a living creature? Wait until it's about to wear off and then use Fusion on you? Have the Metamorphosis expire leaving you a construct/living-...
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How much control does an Unconscious caster maintain over his familiar?

There's no stipulation in the Find Familiar spell that states your familiar disappears when your character dies, or is knocked out. There's also this small statement within the spell about what a ...
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Can a Warlock have both a Sentinel Raven and a familiar?

I have a warlock player who chose Patron of the Raven Queen giving him Sentinel Raven and Pact of the Chain giving him Find Familiar. Is this fair? It seems almost like he has two familiars. The spell ...
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Do you go blind and deaf when you see through the eyes of a sentinel raven, like a regular familiar?

I have a warlock player who chose Patron of the Raven Queen giving him Sentinel Raven. I'm familiar with the Find Familiar spell which says: While your familiar is within 100 feet of you, you can ...
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Is Phantom Steed considered a Familiar?

If I already have Find Familiar from Pact of Chain cast, does it become the phantom steed when I cast that spell? Since I can't have two familiars, I want to see if phantom steed was defined as a one. ...
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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 the Blood Sentinel spell animate an improved familiar?

The Blood Sentinel spell allows turning a statue of a familiar into a living familiar. Could the caster pick a familiar from the improved familiar list? As the spell is written, it seems like one ...
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Why must the choice of an Arcane Bond be permanent?

What game mechanic breaks if my wizard chooses a Bonded Object at level one, then has that object broken and destroyed at level 6, then at level 7 chooses to take the Improved Familiar feat and create ...
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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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Can my sentient weapon aid me?

At 3rd level, the bladebound magus gains a sentient weapon called a black blade. This sentient weapon replaces a familiar. A magus with this class feature cannot take the familiar magus arcana, and ...
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Can my familiar aid me?

My Sorceress carries her familiar everywhere. Like most familiars, it tends to be a little forgotten until actually useful. A good way to be useful would be to Aid Another. Can my familiar aid me? ...
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Find Familiar: familiar's movement when casting “touch” spells [duplicate]

Find Familiar PHB p.240: (...) In combat, it rolls its own initiative and acts on its own turn. A familiar can't attack, but it can take other actions as normal. (...) (...) Finally, when you ...
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Pathfinder- familiar weapon finesse

One of my player's is curious about how weapon finesse applies to his weasel familiar, which deals 1d3–4 plus attach melee damage. The decrease is due to the weasel having a strength ability score of ...
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How do you determine (improved) familiar's class skills?

I've been creating a wizard for upcoming game, and I decided to take improved familiar with faerie dragon as my chosen familiar. I looked at the following rule regarding familiars: Skills: For each ...
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How much can a raven carry during flight?

I'm in a campaign where our party are spying on and trying to retrieve relics from Thay. I have a raven familiar and I was planning to use it for sending reports back to Waterdeep. (We are only level ...
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If my familiar doesnt seem to have an attack as a animal, does it have one as pet?

I choose a Hedgehog as familiar. Familiars have: Attacks: Use the master’s base attack bonus, as calculated from all his classes. Use the familiar’s Dexterity or Strength modifier, whichever is ...
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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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Does not having flight nerf a warlock's familiar?

Core Question: Is restricting a warlock's familiar to not be able to fly (or turn into any animal capable of flight) too much of a nerf to its functionality? Background: I'm about to DM a new ...
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Which familiars can I get with improved familiar?

The 3.5 feat "improved familiar" states that you can acquire familiars that are not on the standard list. It provides a table of possible familiars along with caster lvl prerequisites, alignment ...
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How close to you does a 5e Familiar have to be for you to be able to dismiss it into it's pocket dimension?

How close to you does a 5e Familiar have to be for you to be able to dismiss it into its pocket dimension? Within 30', to match the area you can resummon it into? Within voice range? Within 100', ...
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Does a familiar detect as a specific alignment?

Okay, so what I've learned: the table for Detect Evil states that a creature will detect as evil if it has enough hit dice. But familiars are also in some ways an extension of their master. Let's say ...
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When you dismiss then call back a familiar does anything it's holding come with it? [duplicate]

So basically lets say I tell my familiar "go pick up my scroll" then after he flies to where my scroll is, can I dismiss him and recall him with the scroll next to me? Or does he simply drop the ...
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Does a player have control of a familiar?

There are many ways to create new creatures in D&D 5e, one of which is animate objects which gives the player full control of the creatures when he/she uses a bonus action: As a bonus action, ...
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Is a familiar allowed to drop rocks onto enemies?

In the description of the Find Familiar spell it says that they can't attack. I asked my DM during a fight if my familiar (owl) could pick up a stone and drop it on an enemy's head because I knew ...
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Arcane Hierophant and Familiars

The Arcane Hierophant Companion Familiar class feature says: Companion Familiar: Upon becoming an arcane hierophant, you must dismiss your familiar, if you have one (You do not risk losing XP for ...
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What would happen if a wizard calls a familiar in the Ethereal Plane and then returns to the Material Plane?

What would happen if a wizard summons a familiar (using find familiar) in the Border Ethereal, and then the wizard returns to the Material Plane (interrupting or ending the magical effects of ...
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Does my familiar heal when it adopts a new form?

Find familiar says: If you cast this spell while you already have a familiar, you instead cause it to adopt a new form. Choose one of the forms from the above list. Your familiar transforms into ...
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What is the alignment of a familiar from Find Familiar?

If I cast find familiar, what is the creature's alignment? I ask because the majority of entities that change forms retain their alignment and the familiar is simply a spirit assuming the form of a ...
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What Implications does Celestial/Fiend/Fey make for find familiar or find steed?

The Find Familiar and Find Steed spells both have this sentence describing the creature type of the summoned creature: The [familiar/steed] has the statistics of the chosen form, though it is a ...
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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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Can you treat your familiar horribly while still benefiting from its services?

I've been thinking about doing a "Lord of Pain" wizard, who studies pain in all its forms and loves to try them out on living beings. The find familiar spell makes you gain the services of a spirit (...
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What sort of action is it for a Warlock's Pact of the Chain familiar to attack?

I've seen the clarification in the PHB Errata which states: "Pact of the Chain (p. 107). When you let your familiar attack, it does so with its reaction." However, I wondered if there had been some ...
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Can a Homunculus be given as a gift?

One of my players, at the start of our campaign, wants to have a companion. A Homunculus to be specific. As far as I have read, only a Wizard can create the familiar which I am happy to stick with ...
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What “spirit” does find familiar find?

So, the text of find familiar reads: You gain the service of a familiar, a spirit that takes an animal form you choose. The key word here is "spirit". One of my players, for example, is a warlock,...
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What happens to a familiar if it’s wizard dies? [duplicate]

High level wizard has a high level familiar. Wizard dies. What happens to the familiar? Does it still have all the stat boosts and gained abilities? Does it revert to being a normal animal?
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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 ...
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Can I cast the “Find Familiar” spell on behalf of another character and would that prevent me from using the find familiar spell on myself?

In a game I am about to play, there is a Bard who wants a pet owl. Can I as a warlock cast the find familiar spell on her behalf? I realize it is not a warlock spell, but if I take the Pact of the ...
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Are familiars supposed to live as long as their masters?

How long does a caster's familiar live? Some familiar options are from very short-lived species, and on campaigns with long downtimes, they might be dead from old age next session. Is it implied the ...
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Can a Sorcerer/Paladin use Twinned Spell with Find Steed to affect more than two targets?

I have a Sorcerer/Paladin multiclass, and I've picked up the Magic Initiate feat to gain Find Familiar. When riding into battle, I have my mount from my Find Steed spell and my familiar with me. If I ...