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Are there any official stats for a sheep?

There are were no official stats for Sheep. But we won't leave you hanging... Other Animals. A book of this size can't contain statistics for every animal inhabiting your D&D campaign world. ...
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Can you milk an Ivory Goat?

The weird and RAW answer should be yes, but it's probably not. Before anything, I must say that I'm genuinely amazed and surprised by your thought process and found your question funny. A figurine of ...
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Are purchasable animals overpowered?

The part you're missing is (ignoring story consequences). I've played with a party who were really amused about the idea that they could buy an Elephant, and then did (and named it Bongo) and ...
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How much do sheep cost?

The "Trade Goods" section of the PHB (pg. 157) states that a sheep is worth 2gp.
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Does a natural 20 on an animal handling check allow a character to affect a tamed non-animal creature?

A natural 20 means nothing on a skill check. Only attack rolls have special rules for handling natural 20s (or natural 1s), but skills aren't attack rolls and don't have any special rules of their own ...
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Is there a food chain in the Forgotten Realms? What would prey on an Owlbear?

A quick search of the AD&D Monstrous Manual indicates that Gargantuas, Trolls, Yeti, and (white) dragons eat bears, but no mention of owlbears specifically. The classic Dragon Magazine article "...
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Is it inconvenient for the DM if I make a pet to go with my character?

You should be fine. If your background states that you get a pet mouse, you get a pet mouse. This doesn't mean you get a familiar, though. Your pet will likely not be used in combat, and doesn't have ...
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Does a natural 20 on an animal handling check allow a character to affect a tamed non-animal creature?

Hold the phone... The 20 is a failure. Gricks are not “Animals.” A grick is of the type monstrosity and thus is not an animal. Animals have the type beast. Monstrosities are monsters in the strictest ...
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Can the urchin's pet mouse survive combat?

Yes. This is one of those classic "already-been-solved" problems: Mice in the wild face existential threats every day. They've already figured out their best strategy: find very safe places ...
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Is there anything stopping a druid from combining animals to form a new wild shape?

Yes, the rules stop this simply by how the ability works. The ability just doesn't provide any way to choose two forms. It specifies one ("a beast that you have seen"). Without something giving a ...
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How much do sheep cost?

Sheep are worth 2gp according to the Trade Goods table in the Equipment chapter of the Players Handbook or basic rules.
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Could you potentially turn a draft horse into a warhorse?

Mechanics of the game don't include anything like this so it's homebrew/ DM discretion all the way. Destriers are trained from birth to be ready for battle so the process would be lengthy in the real ...
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Is a Centaur PC considered an animal when calculating carrying capacity for vehicles?

Yes, but so can a halfling AFAIK, this is the only use of the word “animal” as opposed to “beast” anywhere in the rules. Assuming this was a deliberate choice (rather than a mistake) then the ...
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For the purpose of the Comprehend Languages spell, does beast speak (i.e. the language spoken by birds) count as a language?

Most animals don't speak any languages… If you look at the "Languages" entry in their Monster Manual entries, no languages are listed. For example, the entry for the raven says (MM, p. 335): ...
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How to handle conversation between a druid and wild / tamed animals?

There are three common approaches people take, and which one you take depends on your whims. One common approach is to model them as very basic instinctual creatures. The birds will have a vague ...
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Is there anything stopping a druid from combining animals to form a new wild shape?

A druid can only assume the shape of a beast. Any combination of two animals would be a monstrosity. Beasts include “all variety of ordinary animals” (MM p. 6) while “Monstrosities are monsters in ...
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How to give a whale barding?

RAW: It'll cost 6000 gp; you should use fabricate The rules for barding (PHB p. 155) don't account for size so the armour for any sized creature costs four times and weigh twice that of normal armour (...
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Can beasts benefit from magic items?

All creatures can benefit from and use magic items subject to their anatomical limitations and other capacities. For example, a creature without a head cannot use a Headband of Intellect and a ...
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What god would a good dog on the North of the Sword Coast worship?

If it can understand morality enough to have an alignment, it can worship whatever deity it chooses to This is a bit of a strange situation; in comments, you mention how its stats are as per the ...
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Could you potentially turn a draft horse into a warhorse?

Game-wise, that's up to the DM, but from a realism standpoint (not always a good one to use for a fantasy game), it's not going to work. We know from various sources (such as Crusades-era horse ...
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Can the rats summoned using a Hat of Vermin allow a character to use the Pipes of the Sewers to call forth a swarm of rats?

Ask your DM and hope they majored in philosophy. You're asking, "when have I added enough rats to make a swarm?" This is identical to the 2400 year old Sorites Paradox: The sorites paradox (...
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Do Owlbears hibernate?

Yes, they hibernate There are two sources for this, one is the 2nd Edition sourcebook Monstrous Manual, which has this on the ecology of the owlbear: Ecology: Owlbears have a lifespan of 20 years. ...
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Is awakened intelligence hereditary?

I believe the answer is very likely to be "no." The following is my rationale. There is nothing in the description of the spell which indicates a change in the race or species of the target. The ...
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How much can you communicate with your familiar?

Your familiar understands you perfectly. You've already quoted nearly all relevant text in your answer. Telepathy (within range) communicates without necessarily using words, but the target (with int ...
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Is there a food chain in the Forgotten Realms? What would prey on an Owlbear?

While there are no specific canon 'Food Chains' out there...there is some information that will help you figure this out. In the back of the DMG is a series of Monster Lists. The ones I'm speaking of ...
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Can the Conjure Animals spell summon swarms?

No; conjure animals summons a specified number of beasts of a certain CR, not a swarm of them As written, the conjure animals spell summons a specified number of beasts, and a swarm is a collection of ...
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Do animals of the same CR summoned by Conjure Animals have to be the same animal?

There is nothing that says they have to be the same creature The only thing the spell says about what creatures are summoned is: You summon fey spirits that take the form of beasts and appear in ...
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Is a druid in wild shape actually a beast?

Yes, a druid in Wild Shape is a beast For the purposes of creature type you are a 'Beast' (or Elemental at L10) while in Wild Shape form and no longer Humanoid. As it has been pointed out to me by a ...
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What are the rules for owning and training animals?

Wolf as NPC Accepting you have ruled the fighter’s successful Animal Handling skill check will make the wolf a friendly ally, you now have a four-legged NPC to role-play. Treat it as any other: Image ...
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Can you use Druidcraft to grow edible food for an herbivorous animal?

No, this would not significantly speed up food production So this is really outside the realm of pure rules, but I would say no for the following reasons: It doesn't create adult plants a flower ...
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