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Charlie Bell wrote:That is the rule for PCs. That is telling you how PC advance. It is not telling you that NPC do not advance the same way.http://paizo.com/pathfinderRPG/prd/classes.html wrote:As player characters overcome challenges, they gain experience points. As these points accumulate, PCs advance in level and power.There's the rule. Nothing about NPCs accruing XP. I agree that non-class-feature, non-cohort mounts are probably better handled as equipment rather than NPCs (although there is a precedent, because slaves are listed in the equipment section, and they're definitely NPCs). Nonetheless, if you do consider mounts NPCs, there are no rules out there for granting NPCs XP. There are rules for advancing NPCs, but they are strictly the purview of the GM (the monster and NPC advancement rules). XP is just for PCs.
If you are looking for hard rules, here's the deal. The rules don't tell you what you can't do, they tell you what you can do. There's no rule that says a first-level character can't destroy pantheons with nuclear weapons he pulls out of his nose. That doesn't mean you can do it.
There aren't rules for giving NPCs experience. So unless you make something up, aka house rule it, it's not in the rules.
The rules for advancing NPCs, other than animal companions/mounts/familiars/eidolons/etc. and cohorts, are:
Neither of which mention XP.