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I killed a PC's animal companion at the end of last session, but later realized it should have survived; what are my options?

Ask the player. First there is nothing wrong with making a mistake, we all do it, you will make more, don't try and hide it. You're the DM you are tracking a lot of stuff mishaps happen. Just ask that ...
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At third-level, are rangers allowed to select a drake as their animal companion?

Not as an "animal companion," because Drakes aren't Beasts Drakes, though animal like in appearance and behavior, have the creature type of dragon, not beast. And the Ranger's Companion ...
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Is this Astral Rat a reasonable magic pet?

You don't need to homebrew a magic creature - just use the Find Familiar spell Caleb's cat Frumpkin is pretty cool, and luckily you don't need to do any DIY work to have a similar creature in your ...
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How can I help our ranger feel special about her beast companion?

Since someone answered what the DM should do and how he should think about the ranger's animal companion VS other, normal, beasts, let me tell you what I would do as a player since that's the actual ...
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Can a Beast Master ranger choose a swarm as an animal companion?

No, you can not choose a swarm as an animal companion The simplest argument is that the Ranger must choose a beast, singular, not a swarm of beasts, plural. Rules designer Jeremy Crawford even ...
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At third-level, are rangers allowed to select a drake as their animal companion?

The lowest-CR drake on D&DBeyond has CR = ½ A ranger's companion must have CR ≤ ¼. So no, you cannot (currently) have a drake as your animal companion. To do so would require ...
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How to balance a character that stole enemy pets?

Good for your player -- he's recruited some temporary NPCs to help the group out! Your header question asks how to "balance" this, but there's not a need for balance considerations since these NPCs ...
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Can a Ranger bond with a beast that’s secretly an Angel in disguise?

What's important to you here, the fluff or the crunch? "Fluff" is the game world that the DM describes and the players interacts with. "Crunch" is the actual game rules mechanics. ...
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Should a player know their mount's exact HP?

Yes, a player should know their mount's exact HP. It's so clear-cut that even if the rules clearly said otherwise, you would want to override them to work differently. I have never yet seen a DM ...
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Can a Beast Master command their stirge companion to use Blood Drain and then Dodge on subsequent turns, dealing damage due to blood loss?

Disgusting, but Legal Other than the very image of a person with a pet vampire-mosquito-bat-thing, I am aware of nothing in the rules that would prohibit your idea.
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What happens when a Ranger makes a Wild Shaped Druid into an animal companion?

You can't, because they don't meet the CR requirements. In order for a beast to be chosen as a Ranger's companion, it must have a challenge rating of 1/4 or lower. While the form that a druid takes ...
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Will it pose problems if I allow my Dragonborn ranger to have a pseudodragon beast companion?

Since the Pseudodragon is still CR 1/4 I don't see there being too many problems with this. I don't think the creature's type is going to make any huge difference regarding balance or gameplay. The ...
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Would it be troublesome to allow a ranger to have a CR 1 beast (or dragon)?

It is too powerful. A CR 1 creature is comparable to a level 3-4 PC. Giving the PC an entire new PC of similar level (roughly) is an extreme jump in power level, even considering the relative ...
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Rules on "Pets on shoulder"

Your eagle would effectively be mounting you If your eagle lands on your shoulder, then so long as you are at least one size category larger than the eagle, the rules for mounts would come into play. ...
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If Beast Master Rangers could use bonus actions to attack with their companion, what problems would occur?

No, it doesn't overpower the ranger The core PHB ranger is generally held to be the weakest class in the game, even by the designers; such is noted in the article which published the UA Revised ...
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What is the evidence, if any, that the Ranger Beast Master archetype is comparatively underpowered?

The beast scales decently in damage, but has poor survivability. The beast also prevents you from using some combat features, like Two-Weapon Fighting. Looking at the 3rd level – when you get the ...
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Do I include animal companions when calculating difficulty of an encounter?

Not for the Beast Master Companion The beast companion for that Ranger is granted by their class features. This makes it for all intents and purposes part of the Ranger (and included in their levels, ...
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How can I help our ranger feel special about her beast companion?

Companion animals are like NPC's - they need personality as well as stats to shine. When a player has an animal that's part of a class feature it's a character as much of the rest of the players - ...
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Can a Beast Master command their stirge companion to use Blood Drain and then Dodge on subsequent turns, dealing damage due to blood loss?

This works by RAW Nothing in RAW will prevent you from taking a Stirge as a companion. You would then be able to use your action to command it to attack exactly as you describe. Once attached, it ...
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Can a ranger make their animal companion into a familiar?

Unless your DM explicitly creates houserules that allow you to make your companion into a familiar, no, there is no way to do this. The Find Familiar spell lets a wizard gain the service of a ...
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Can a Shadow Mastiff be a pet?

This is likely going to be a lot of work Just not killing a creature is not sufficient to create a friendly relationship with it. It's a safe bet that the monster's intial attitude after fighting the ...
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Do any of the books contain (magic) items for animal companions?

Magical Armor +1/+2/+3 The DMG doesn't specifically list e.g. "Plate Armor +2", but rather the following, generic description (DMG, p. 152): Armor, +1 , +2 , OR +3 Armor (light, medium, or ...
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Is there a way to make a Beast Master ranger's animal companion able to read a language?

A Helm of Comprehending Languages will work The Helm of Comprehending Languages states: While wearing this helm, you can use an action to cast the comprehend languages spell from it at will. The ...
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Command action for strike summons/minion

Summoned creatures are minions. And therefore, they must be commanded to get actions. The chain of looking this up for yourself: Summon Fey is a Conjuration spell that says you summon a creature ...
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Does a Beast Master Ranger's Companion Level Up With Them?

No. But its AC, attack rolls and damage scale with the ranger's proficiency bonus, and its HPs with ranger's level. PHB p.93 Choose a beast that is no larger than Medium and that has a challenge ...
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How many hit points does the Beast Conclave ranger's animal companion have?

Aside from the specific changes that the Animal Companion feature makes to the wolf, it retains its statistics from the Monster Manual, so it begins with 11 hit points. Per the class feature as ...
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Should a player know their mount's exact HP?

The Player's knowledge of mount HP should remain consistent with other HP knowledge within a game/campaign. As I've learned from the comments, this can mean different things depending on how your run ...
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How can a Beast Master ranger's animal companion overcome resistance to non-magical attacks?

At ranger level 7, the animal companion's attacks are treated as magical (as of the 2018 errata) Per the 2018 PHB errata, the Beast Master ranger's 7th-level feature, Exceptional Training, has been ...
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Does the DC for the effect of a Beast Master ranger's animal companion's attack ever increase?

No The text you've quoted pretty much answers your own question. Add your proficiency bonus to the beast’s AC, attack rolls, and damage rolls, as well as to any saving throws and skills it is ...
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Magic items/spells to talk to and/or disguise my displacer beast kitten

Magic Items There are two magic items you will need to facilitate communication and disguise for your displacer beast. The helm of comprehend languages says: While wearing this helm, you can use an ...
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