Animal Companions and the Additional Traits Feat


Rules Questions

Silver Crusade

I am asking the following specifically for Society play, but I was told this may be a strait rules question.

1) Can Animal Companions/Mounts take the Additional Traits Feat? (assuming an animal has 3+ Int: Paladin mount, increase attribute to Int, etc.)

2) If they can, are there any limitations to which ones they can take?

Example we are currently discussing:

Bodyguard Animal Companion/Mount takes additional traits feat, then takes the Adopted, then the Halfling "Helpful" trait.

The end result potentially is a "helpful" bodyguard animal companion/mount, that can bodyguard for +4 AC?

Is this legal or not legal? If it is, can someone site the sources for me?

Thanks in Advance!


HerpDerp wrote:
1) Can Animal Companions/Mounts take the Additional Traits Feat?

Sure, why not? Most of the traits themselves wouldn't make much sense though.

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2) If they can, are there any limitations to which ones they can take?

The worst limitation of all: the dreaded Common Sense.

(And of course no race traits. Religious traits or cultural ones might be a hard sell too.)

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Bodyguard Animal Companion/Mount takes additional traits feat, then takes the Adopted, then the Halfling "Helpful" trait.

Adopted: "You were adopted and raised by someone not of your actual race, and raised in a society not your own."

No offence, but... that's not only not legal, it's pretty daft. Your horse was adopted by a Halfling family, and raised as one of their own? And all this happened before it had an unanimalistic intelligence? It got sent to a Halfling school, ate Halfling meals and played Halfling games with the other Halfling kids?

Silver Crusade

Thanks for the feedback VRMH, I like the dreaded common sense response as well, but sometimes I have players who fight for what is or is not in the rules over what makes sense.

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