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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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 are the implications of the Find Familiar and Find Steed spells changing the creature type from Beast to Celestial/Fiend/Fey?

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 ...
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Do familiars moving out of enemy reach provoke opportunity attacks?

Setup: You are a 3rd-level Warlock with Pact of the Chain. Your chosen familiar is a Pseudodragon. A combat encounter ensues, and it is eventually your familiar's turn. You have it use the Help action ...
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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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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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