Are Styracosaurs Interchangable with Triceratops for Class Abilities?


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For the purpose of creating animal companions, are Styracosaurs considered to be variants of the Triceratops?

As animal companions, they are identical, at least until level 7 where they split off in different special qualities (receiving additional AoOs and charging abilities respectively).

Indeed, visually, they are almost identical as well.

This is important, because the Beast Rider cavalier archetype and the mammoth rider prestige class both list the Triceratops as legal choices for animal companions, yet the Styracosaur is left out.

Most probably, this is because the Triceratops in the initial Bestiary, while the Styracosaur was included in Bestiary 4.

Most GMs I have encountered don't seem to make a fuzz about using one as the other. For my Pathfinder Society character, though, I'm looking for a more official ruling, considering it's stricter nature.

What is your opinion?

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Sczarni

Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Visually, they are very different.

Mechanically, they're different.

I don't see any need for "errata".

Just go with the Triceratops.


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Ask your GM. Later publications is exactly why all the restricted animal companion lists says something to the effect of "your GM may allow other companions."

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Sacredless wrote:

For the purpose of creating animal companions, are Styracosaurs considered to be variants of the Triceratops?

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Why is this suggested as a FAQ? Why is there even a question?

If they had the same name, I'd be inclined to have a different opinion.

But with different names, they are different options.

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