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 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 ...
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Who makes the Int check for an illusion perceived through a familiar's senses?

So the Find Familiar spells says that the caster can see and hear through the familiar's eyes and ears. I'm wondering what happens if the familiar encounters an illusion, say a Minor Illusion, when ...
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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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Can a familiar be an object and still grant and receive the benefits of being a familiar?

Inspired by Shaman King, a player wants his sorcerer's several familiars to be armor or jewelry instead of squishy and easily-slain cute, fuzzy magical beasts (augmented animals). The player wants ...
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Does a familiar sharing a spell benefit from its master's feats regarding that spell?

A wizard that possesses the feat Arcane Mastery (Complete Arcane 73) employs the special ability share spells so that both the wizard and the wizard's familiar gain the benefits of the 6th-level Sor/...
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Can a multitarget spell with range of Touch be delivered by familiar AND caster simultaneously?

I'm a level 5 warlock with Pact of the Chain, so I can cast Invisibility with a level 3 slot, and cause 2 creatures to become invisible. Can I use my familiar to deliver invisibility to someone who ...
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Does a faerie dragon familiar's spellcasting advance when the PC levels up?

If a PC has the Improved Familiar feat and chooses a faerie dragon, does the faerie dragon's spellcasting (it is listed as casting spells as a 3rd level Sorcerer) advance when the PC levels up? A ...
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Can variant familiar imps and quasits reform their bodies?

The variant familiar forms of the imp and the quasit as described in the Monster Manual are not the same as familiars summoned by the spell Find Familiar, or of the sort summoned by a Pact of the ...
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Can a spellcaster have more than one familiar with the familiar variant rule? [duplicate]

The question is about Familiar variants of creatures in the Monster Manual. This answer says that the traits and restrictions from the Find Familiar spell don't apply when enlisting a quasit, imp, or ...
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Can my Improved Familiar Imp wield the Quarterstaff of Entwined Serpents in PFS play?

Is there a way for familiars gained through Improved Familiar to be given weapons? Well, the ones that should plausibly have hands: Imps, Lyrakien Azatas and so on. I heard that PFS prevents players ...
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Is the Ioun Wyrd blind?

I've heard that the Ioun Wyrd is blind, except for its blindsight, is this true? It seems much more powerful then the other familiars on most points so I'm wondering if there is any downside to it?
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How much control do I have over my familiar's behaviour?

I am a neutral Wizard traveling with a paladin. My improved familiar is an imp. Let us say my imp has a wand of cure moderate wounds and I want him to heal the paladin in the middle of a fight. Let ...
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Can a faerie dragon (improved familiar) use all scrolls and wands with spells from the sorcerer/wizard list?

A Faerie Dragon has the following spell ability A faerie dragon casts spells as a 3rd-level sorcerer. On a forum I found this comment on it As a Faerie Dragon casts spells as a third-level ...
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Can a familiar use its reaction to attack someone leaving its reach?

As stated under find familiar, it can not use the Attack action, but does that include other forms of attack that are not the Attack action? The opportunity attack triggered by someone leaving your ...
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Can someone see around an illusion using their Familiar Sight or similar effects? [closed]

Pretty simple question that I can't find an exact answer for in the book. If a player is affected by a direct illusion (one that only affects the player) say for example, a creature hiding itself, and ...
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Can a familiar from the Find Familiar spell communicate with Beasts?

Let's say you cast the find familiar spell, and summon a bat as your familiar. Obviously, a bat only has an Intelligence of 2, and can't communicate with you easily by any method other than your ...
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How to use Find Familiar 'spell delivery' aggressively without getting the familiar killed [duplicate]

So I've decided to choose the Arcane Trickster path for my Rogue. One interesting spell I saw was Find Familiar. The familiar can't attack but it can 'deliver' spells. Finally, when you cast a ...
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What happens to a familiar or animal companion if its master dies?

According to RAW, familiars and animal companions are magically bound to their master's soul. A dead familiar or animal companion can either be replaced or brought back to life, at a cost, but what do ...
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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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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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How can a familiar gain feats?

My character wants his hummingbird familiar to gain the feat Dedicated Nuisance (Dragon #343 93), but not only does the familiar not have a feat available to take it, but the familiar also doesn't ...
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Can a wizard keep a cockatrice as a familiar?

I have a wizard character who has a pet cockatrice. Although the animal is not on any list of familiars, is there an official or unofficial way to make my petrifying chicken into a familiar? (Also, ...
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Can an familiar or animal companion sever the magical bond with its master by itself?

After many discussions with an experienced GM, I know one thing : players don't have absolute control over their familiars and animal companions, they can be unhappy and may refuse to follow orders ...
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Is it possible to have two familiars?

Out of curiosity, is it possible to have two familiars? As far as I know there are two possible ways to obtain familiars, one is with the find familiar spell, the other is to find a creature with the ...
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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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Can Chain warlocks have any familiar regardless of alignment?

Can a warlock with the Pact of the Chain Boon have any familiar regardless of the warlock's and familiar's alignments? Is it permissible, as an example, for a Lawful Good Warlock to have a Chaotic ...
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Are an Isitoq's Daze & Tears of Anguish the same thing?

The Isitoq, the wonderful Undead Eye available as an Improved Familiar1. It has two abilities that appear to be... the same: Daze (Ex): An isitoq's nerves form grotesque wings. Any creature struck ...
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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 a familiar perform a sneak attack?

Familiars cannot attack, but they can provide contact damage. I want to know if the rogue's sneak attack works for their familiar too. (Granted that the familiar has an advantage on the target or an ...
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How much can you communicate with your familiar?

The Find Familiar spell states that: While your familiar is within 100 feet of you, you can communicate with it telepathically. and Your familiar acts independently of you, but it always ...
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Can a Helmet Provide an AC Bonus to a Beheaded Familiar?

Background I recently gained a Beheaded Familiar with the Improved Familiar feat. Since it has a slam attack, and is tiny, it would provoke attacks of opportunity to attack with said slam attack. ...
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What checks can familiars Help with?

I have a question regarding familiars gained through Find Familiar for non-Warlocks. What checks can familiars use the Help action to help with? It seems that the provided list of creatures have ...
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What spells can familiars use?

I have a question regarding familiars gained through Find Familiar for non-Warlocks. Finally, when you cast a spell with a range of touch, your familiar can deliver the spell as if it had cast ...
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Sleeping familiars

How do familiars and sleep work? If the familiar never goes into combat does it matter if it is fatigued? Can a character who has a familiar put it on watch at night? (Can a familiar sleep all day ...
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Thunderbolt Strike + Find Familiar + Shocking Grasp

I'm planning to roll an Eldritch Knight Fighter 6/Tempest Domain Cleric 14. I can get shocking grasp and find familiar from EK fighter at lvl 3. I also know that my Familiar can use Shocking Grasp on ...
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Does a familiar's poison attack take its effective familiar hit dice into account?

A few animals and vermins available as familiars have a poisonous attack. My personal familiar is a house centipede with a dazing poison. As a familiar, it has currently 5 effective hit dice and will ...
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Imp familiars Invisibility affecting a PC

This is a follow up question to my original question Could a Halfling Warlock Ride a Pseudodragon? The answer was No, riding a familiar cannot be done because of the size rule about mounts. But it ...
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Is it possible to apply archetypes to familiars and animal companions obtained via feats rather than class features?

Several feats in Pathfinder can grant companions to Player Characters : Familiar Bond : a familiar with less special abilities than a standard familiar Improved Familiar Bond : improves Familiar Bond ...
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Could a Halfling Warlock Ride a Pseudodragon?

What I would like to know is, can I ride a pseudodragon or get carried ( by its feetclaws) by an Imp. Without taking any attack penalties. Not really looking for cover bonuses. I have a Halfling ...
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Who decides the personality and actions of a familiar or animal companion?

My character has a centipede familiar and a riding dog animal companion and I'm hoping for interesting interactive roleplay. Can a familiar or an animal companion have a personality, and can it be ...
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If a Crossblooded Bloodrager chooses a Bloodline Familiar, from which bloodline does the familiar's additional ability originate?

A Crossblooded Bloodrager selects two bloodlines at character creation and opts to forego his choice between either bloodline's 1st level power and instead gains a bloodline familiar. Those with an ...
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Problem with understanding the rules for saving throws of familiars

According to the rules of familiars the following applies to saving throws Saving Throws: For each saving throw, use either the familiar's base save bonus (Fortitude +2, Reflex +2, Will +0) or ...
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How can a wizard familiar be an alchemist?

In "The COMPLETE Professor Q's Wizard Guide" (but elsewhere too) you can read that one of the familiar roles can be an alchemist. Roles for Familiars Alchemist: This can get a little ...
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Can warlocks' familiars use armor/shields?

Can imps or quasits wear armor or shields? If so, how much would it cost to get armor and shields of the appropriate size (tiny)? Would they have a penalty for using such equipment, or do they have ...
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Is there a limit to the number of homunculi you can have?

If playing as a wizard with the spells, the right level and the money necessary to create homunculi, is there anything within the rules of d&d 5th edition that places a limit on the number of ...
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Can a ranger make their animal companion into a familiar?

If I capture a creature/wild beast and train to be my companion - as the ranger class - is it possible within the rules of 5th edition d&d to give my new companion abilities that a familiar has, ...
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Can I train a cat familiar to be a rogue?

Can I train my cat familiar to be a rogue? If I can, how does it level up and would it be able to wield weapons?
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What skills besides Perception and Stealth can a warlock's familiar use?

Having a highly intelligent familiar in D&D 5e, I noticed that sprites have higher intelligence and wisdom than my character, and obviously can do a better job on analysis or insight rolls. ...
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Can a familiar travel any distance?

I (the DM) had this thought that the familiar who belongs to an evil wizard far away from the players was delivering a message to the Bugbear leader of a band of goblins who was under the command of ...
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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, ...