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Are Imps incapable of speech or is my DM messing with me?

Can Imps talk? Yes. Yes they can. It's not really very complicated; it says so right there in the rulebooks. They also say how short and long rests work, and even have some recommendations for ...
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How do I handle the wizard's familiar invalidating exploration, outshining the rogue, at low to no cost?

Find familiar is not overpowered by itself, you are giving it too much leeway. Maps There are 2 ways for a familiar to map an area: The familiar maps the area, and telepathically relays what it ...
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Can you train/call a Blink Dog? If so, how?

No A blink dog is not a dog. A blink dog is a fey, not a beast. Furthermore, they understand Sylvan language and are as intelligent, wise and charismatic as the average humanoid, if not more. You ...
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How do I handle a player exploring the entire dungeon with his familiar?

Take the warlock 'aside', and either narrate the dungeon to him or show him a map of features. If the warlock wants to tell the party what he saw then that's up to him. I've regularly done this one-on-...
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Are Imps incapable of speech or is my DM messing with me?

The find familiar spell allows you to summon a spirit that takes the form of an animal from a list, as a pact of the chain warlock you are allowed to choose the imp form. An important sentence in the ...
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What happens if you cast Find Familar as a 9th-level spell?

The spell effect would be unchanged. In DnD 5e spells only do what they say that they do or to put it another way - 'there are no secret rules'. Any spell can be cast using a higher level spell slot ...
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How do I handle a player exploring the entire dungeon with his familiar?

Having an invisible Imp floating through a dungeon is quite an investment for a Warlock character, and have the obvious effect of allowing what you describe. There are other "overpowered", ...
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Do familiars get death saving throws?

No, they just disappear. Find familiar states (PHB, pg. 240): When the familiar drops to 0 hit points, it disappears, leaving behind no physical form. It reappears after you cast this spell again. ...
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Can my familiar fly with a small person?

Yes Yes, a familiar can carry loads if it can properly grip or support them, including a willing creature if they fall within this weight limit. However, a hawk can only carry 37.5 pounds, as it is a ...
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Who controls a summoned steed’s familiar?

This does not work. The spell Find Steed allows you to cast a spell and have it also affect your steed. While mounted on your steed, you can make any spell you cast that targets only you also ...
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How do I go about convincing my DM that their ruling about my familiar is a bit harsh?

Disallowing the help action is Homebrew a house rule Find familiar states: A familiar can’t attack, but it can take other actions as normal. Therefore, by RAW, the help action is allowed. Generally, ...
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How do I handle a player exploring the entire dungeon with his familiar?

Hand the party a map You know this is going to happen: prepare a map of everywhere the imp can go before the session and hand it to the party when they get to the dungeon. I’ve done this for all sorts ...
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Can a familiar use a Help action to grant advantage on an attack to a near by ally?

Yes, familiar can be used for gaining advantage for allies. From Find Familiar spell description (PHB, p240), emphasis mine: Your familiar acts independently of you, but it always obeys your ...
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Clarifying the benefits of the Alert feat over Find Familiar

Alert is always active and infallible. Familiars are not. Surprise is not always about hiding. The party can surprise a foe or be surprised by an encounter without the enemies being hidden. E.g. a ...
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Does a wizard need their hands free in order to cause their familiar from the Find Familiar spell to reappear?

Find Familiar As an action while it is temporarily dismissed, you can cause it to reappear in any unoccupied space within 30 feet of you. This is not casting the spell and so any restriction on ...
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How does Find Familiar work with a Ring of Spell Storing?

Specific Overrides General This is a basic "specific overrides general" situation. The Ring of Spell Storing has specific rules that override the general cases for Find Familiar. When the ...
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Can a familiar attune and wear or use a magic item?

Yes, familiars are creatures and, as such, can attune to magic items so long as they meet the requirements for attunement (For example, the magic item cannot require the attuner to be of a certain ...
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Can a familiar from the Find Familiar spell use the Dragon's Breath spell?

Yes, the familiar can use the effect of dragon's breath The Find Familiar spell description says "A familiar can’t attack, but it can take other actions as normal". The term "Attack&...
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Why can't the "Variant: Imp Familiar" be found with the Find Familiar spell?

Three types of familiars exist. There are pets, companions, steeds, and other animals and constructs. This is just about the animals called familiars in the text. Find Familiar The find familiar ...
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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?

There is no mechanic to "cast a spell on someone else's behalf". As the spellcaster, "you gain the service of a familiar", not someone else. However, if your Bard can get their hands on a Ring of ...
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Homunculus: worth its own weight?

A Homunculus offers a primarily utility-focused benefit...but it's big thing is the Telepathic Bond. With a normal, summoned familiar, you must be within 100 feet of it to communicate with it, and ...
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Can a familiar use the Help action on an ally within 5 feet without being within 5 feet of the enemy the ally is attacking?

It is not you can aid a friendly creature [ in attacking a creature ] within 5 feet of you but you can aid a friendly creature in attacking [ a creature within 5 feet of you ] You must be ...
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Can a familiar be targeted by the Awaken spell?

A familiar from Find Familiar can't be awakened. The awaken spell needs to target a beast or plant: you touch a Huge or smaller beast or plant However, the familiar from find familiar is not ...
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Would a spider familiar be able to press the button on the immovable rod whilst swinging from a rope tied to said rod?

RAW, Yes First, for these two features, the rules aren't ambiguous: Immovable Rod: "Until you or another creature uses an Action to push the button again, the rod doesn't move ..." Find ...
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What is the range limit of seeing through a familiar's eyes?

The 'Additionally' part of the next sentence seems to imply that they are bound to the same rules From the SRD, here is the text of the spell: While your familiar is within 100 feet of you, you ...
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I am neither a Wizard, nor a Warlock. How can I get a "full-featured" familiar?

You Can Only Do What The Spell States However, this does indeed mean you can use it deliver spells with the range of touch, telepathically communicate within 100ft, send it to a pocket dimension, etc,...
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Does not having flight nerf a warlock's familiar?

Yes, it would be a noticable nerf. Mechanically, having a familiar capable of flight - such as an owl - can indeed be rather useful, especially for scouting purposes - which is one of the main ...
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How can I have a villain restrain PCs in an "intelligent" way without killing or disabling some or all of them?

How I handled this as a DM I was aware of how difficult it is in swords and sorcery genre games to keep a spell caster under control/in prison, and not just in the current edition of D&D. This ...
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Can a familiar use its reaction to attack someone leaving its reach?

The Find Familiar spell (PHB p240): Your familiar acts independently of you, but it always obeys your commands. In combat, it rolls its own initiative and acts on its own turn. A familiar can’t ...
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Does a ranged casting distance include touch?

Your familiar has a specific ability that allows it to deliver spells with the range of touch. Find Familiar: when you cast a spell with a range of touch, your familiar can deliver the spell as ...
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