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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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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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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What bonuses do improved familiars give? Can I keep my basic familiar's bonus? [duplicate]

I want to take the feat Improved Familiar to get a familiar that can use wands and other such magic items, but I really enjoy the +4 initiative my current familiar gives. I haven't seen anything ...
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Does the Bodak's Death Gaze affect someone looking through their familiar's eyes?

The Sentinal Raven grants the character the ability to see through its eyes: "You can see through the raven's eyes and hear what it hears while it is within 100 feet of you." The Bodak's Death ...
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Can a Cohort and Familiar be the same NPC?

Assuming the NPC species/type/subtype would be a valid choice for both the cohort and familiar features. For the sake of a complete example, lets take a Coure Eladrin. Wizard is CG, has the exalted ...
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What do I do if a player attempts to use Handle Animal vs an animal companion?

If there is a ranger or a druid or something that has an animal companion/familiar/equivalent, and a player tries to attempt an Handle Animal check to get it to do what they want, would it be an ...
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Independence of a Witch's Familiar

How independent can a Witch's familiar be? (Whether it's a player's witch or an NPC witch.) It's not awakened, but it's not just an animal companion. It stores spells, and can use them based on the ...
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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 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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How can I permanently increase my familiar's INT?

In 5e, familiars are just as dumb as the base animal they emulate. Truly you can communicate and issue orders, but at most they behave like a very well trained animal. Is there a way to permanently ...
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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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Can familiars use the Help Action to help me with spells I cast?

I'm playing a Bard. This question is for a Bard or a Wizard character. Does my familiar's "Help Action" help with my spellcasting? For example with Detect Thoughts, or Charm Person, or Sleep, Bestow ...
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Is the “pocket dimension” a familiar goes into a demiplane or an extradimensional space?

Find familiar allows wizards to send their familiars to a pocket dimension: As an action, you can temporarily dismiss your familiar. It disappears into a pocket dimension where it awaits your ...
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What happens if a dismissed familiar takes a Bag of Holding with it?

Assuming that you can use a familiar as a safety-deposit box (because the DM's has ruled so), how would this interact with an magic item that makes an extra-dimensional space? What happens if you ...
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How does the Tinkerer Alchemist's familiar work?

I'm looking into making a Tinkerer Alchemist for PFS and I'm trying to nail down some of the rules gray areas. I'd love some help finding RAW, PFS-legal answers to these things. 1) If the construct ...
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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 ...
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Do familiars and animal companions earn XP?

Rules as Written, experience is split evenly in adventures between all creatures that meaningfully participate. Dungeon Master's Guide (1st printing, pg. 260): When adventurers defeat one or more ...
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Can an a witch's patron familiar (animals) combine Improved Familiar and the Mauler archetype?

So, under normal circumstances, the general consensus is that a creature granted by Improved Familiar does not qualify for the Mauler archetype, because of these two lines: Mauler This ability ...
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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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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 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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What happens to a poisoned familiar when it is dismissed?

Assume my familiar is afflicted with poison. (the poison status is just an example). On my action, before the familiar takes further poison damage, i dismiss it. Do the status wear off while ...
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Is a Familiar smart enough to execute delayed orders?

My objective is to have a Familiar do a very simple movement (jumping) upon seeing something rather simple in its field of view (the end of a visual task by an Unseen Servant) in order to trigger an ...
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Can a Wizard's familiar be dispelled or banished?

Just as it says on the title. Can any PHB/DMG spell or effect dispel or banish a familiar?
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Does stacking Find Familiar and War Caster allow you to attack a creature other than the one who triggered an opportunity attack?

Assume I have a Familiar, per the spell Find Familiar, and we're each adjacent to different enemies. If an enemy provokes an opportunity attack from me, and I have War Caster and a spell that targets ...
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Can I ready an attack and use it during another teammate's turn? [closed]

So I have find familiar and sneak attack. I have used find familiar to give me an owl. I want to be able to have my owl fly to the target, for sneak attack via adjacency, use my attacks, and then ...
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What happens to items carried by familiars? [duplicate]

What happens to items carried by familiars? The Find Familiar spell says that as an action you can temporarily dismiss your familiar, and then on a second action make it reappear within 30 feet of ...
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What reasons for Find Familiar being limited to specific creatures have the designers stated?

What reasons have the designers stated for making Find Familiar limited to a specific list of creatures rather than summoning any creature of a particular type or size or challenge rating? Similarly, ...
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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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With how many of his buddies can a meldshaper share his soulmelds?

The feat Share Soulmeld (Magic of Incarnum 41) has as its prerequisite the "[a]bility to shape soulmelds and a familiar, animal companion, or mount with whom you can share spells." The feat's ...
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How does a meldshaper actually use the feat Share Soulmeld?

The feat Share Soulmeld (Magic of Incarnum 41) has as the following as its benefit: At your option, any soulmeld shaped by you and currently affecting you can also affect your familiar, animal ...
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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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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?
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Can a Tumor Familiar have an Archetype?

As the Title states I'm wanting to know if there is a ruling on whether a Tumor Familiar can get an archetype or not? Specifically wanting to know in regards to the protector archetype. I am fully ...
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Are there issues with a tiny alchemist having a tiny tumor familiar?

So I'm starting a new character, and im planning a Svirfneblin with permanenced Reduce Person (making me tiny sized). Now my question is about the tumor familar discovery, alowing me to have a tiny/...
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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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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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Would a Raven familiar help me during interactions with superstitious Barovians and Vistani?

In the Curse of Strahd, the Barovians and Vistani hold the superstition that Ravens carry the souls of the dead with them, and that harming one is bad luck. Would Barovians and Vistani be more easily ...
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What is the difference in a Beastmaster's animals? [closed]

A Beastmaster (homebrew class) has both an animal familiar and a companion. My question is, what is the difference? I've looked them over and can't find any.
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Can a Raven familiar learn additional languages?

This is a more specific version of this question which asks, in the general sense, if you could use ranks in Linguistics to teach a language to a familiar. There is some text that seems to suggest ...
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Valet Familiar and Crafting Scrolls and Potions

The feats for Crafting both Scrolls and Potions both state Scribing a scroll takes 2 hours if its base price is 250 gp or less, otherwise scribing a scroll takes 1 day for each 1,000 gp in its ...
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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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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 ...
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Can a familiar deliver a touch spell cast from a magic item?

So I got an item called the Staff of Acid. I'm a warlock with Pact of Chain (familiar) and I want to cast contagion and deliver it through my familiar. However it seems that I can't do that, either ...
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How much light does a Coure Eladrin familiar shed, and how do they see?

I am considering asking my DM if I can summon a Coure for my 9th level duskblade and am trying to anticipate problems that may arise. Coure prefer star filled nights (per their description). Does ...
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Once selected, is the Tumor Familiar shape permanent?

The Tumor Familiar discovery from the Alchemist base class states: Benefit: The alchemist creates a Diminutive or Tiny tumor on his body, usually on his back or stomach. As a standard action, the ...
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Does a creature sharing a soulmeld benefit from a master's binding and invested essentia?

The benefit of the feat Share Soulmeld says At your option, any soulmeld shaped by you and currently affecting you can also affect your familiar, animal companion, or [presumably special] mount [...
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Is a Sprite the only Pact of the Chain familiar that loses their invisibility when used to deliver a touch spell?

So the Warlock Pact of the Chain says When you cast the spell, you can choose one of the normal forms for your familiar or one of the following special forms: imp, pseudodragon, quasit, or sprite. (...
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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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Is a tiny creature with the feat Blades Above And Below able to flank?

I have an idea for a Fighter Eldritch Guardian (F-EG) archetype and, for fluff, I want to have an Azata Lyrakien (a tiny outsider) as a familiar (by the improve familiar feat). At level 2, the F-EG ...