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So I'm thinking of making an Eldrich Guardian (Familiar Folio) who fights with a spear and a Mighty Battle Cock (MBC) chicken familiar. Perhaps 10th-level with 25-point buy.
I'm looking for advice on how to optimize my MBC so as to have it function as a secondary combatant, if not a primary one.
Right off the bat I'm thinking I would have to give my fighter LOTS of hit points since my familiar only gets half. That means taking the Toughness feat, having a high Constitution score, and pouring all of my favored class bonuses into hit points. Perhaps a gnome for the Constitution bonus too? It seems to fit the odd-ball nature of the overall concept, and he can ride his MBC into battle.
I figure the familiar can also take the Toughness and Mauler's Endurance feats to boost his hit points by 23 or so, which isn't shabby.
At 10th-level, the MBC will have a relatively high strength (especially if I give it magic items), all of my fighter's combat feats, and a full base attack bonus. It's armor class is pretty pitiable though, thanks to its low Dexterity. The leaf armor from Familiar Folio for birds will bring it up a couple of points, but it's going to need more.
Which makes it not worthless. How do I take it from "not worthless" to "awe inspiring" battle engine of destruction?