Can a starting druid have a tiger for a pet?


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I know they level up at 7. I can't see any reason to start with a small cat when you could start with a big cat to start with.


just asking could I start with a tiger, medium sized, wondering why someone would ever choose one of the smaller ones if a medium tiger was available is all. seems like a catch there somewhere.


I dont undestand what you ask. If you ask if his AC Can be a tiger. Then just go with the core books tiger AC.
Edit: ok yes. And if some one want a smaller AC cat. But that is not that common.


Are you asking for a Tiger as a pet or an animal companion? They are 2 different things.


So, is the question "Why is small cat an option, when there is big cat?"

Maybe just for flavor, but there are advantages to both sizes. Sprint is a pretty cool ability allowing the small cat to charge up to 500 feet once per hour. Pounce would be worth more most of the time though. Honestly, if it wasn't for pounce they'd be roughly equivalent. Pounce is just too good though.


I'd allow for a young tiger but wouldn't give him pounce or whatever special the tiger has till level 7.

Sczarni

Fifo wrote:
I can't see any reason to start with a small cat when you could start with a big cat

"Big cat" and "small cat" are different creatures in Pathfinder, with different stats and different abilities.

If you want a big cat, go with a big cat.

But, the caveat is that your reasons for choosing a big cat are just as valid as someone else's reasons for choosing a small cat (or a Swan, or an Elk, or a whatever else).

In other words, if/when you encounter another player with a not-"big cat", don't be that guy that thinks your choice was "better" than theirs.

Silver Crusade

Here's a Pathfinder Animal Companion guide, ordered by damage output and whether it advances at 4th or 7th level. I don't really understand your question. Yes, you may choose a medium-size Big Cat as an animal companion at 1st level.

Which animal companion is best for you depends on what you want it for. If you are a medium-size character wishing to maximize damage output then Big Cat is a reasonable option, although not the best.


I am not sure he even knows what he is asking. I've seen some of his other posts and they are all along the same line. Sort of a "What if.." sort of question that has no real purpose but to stir up discussion and debate. That is why I deleted my first response to him.


I'm sure it's a bit late to respond now, but. Communication is not my strong suit, sorry about that. I wasn't trying to stir up anything, and never do. sometimes I just need to understand the whys and wherefores.
Looking at the druid guides there are alot of animal companions that are colored red and look as though no one in their right mind would take one. there are some that are purple saying 'take me, take me'. so I ask myself (and you guys) basically, why doesn't everyone take the 'best' pet. so my question was, "is there some reason why everyone doesn't take tiger, because it seems too good to be true that I can start a new character with a kick butt animal companion.

I take it the answer was "yes", and can leave it at that. It seems sometimes people are trying to uberize things and some people were thinking I was after a large tiger to start with.

sorry for my miscommunication .


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Fifo wrote:

I'm sure it's a bit late to respond now, but. Communication is not my strong suit, sorry about that. I wasn't trying to stir up anything, and never do. sometimes I just need to understand the whys and wherefores.

Looking at the druid guides there are alot of animal companions that are colored red and look as though no one in their right mind would take one. there are some that are purple saying 'take me, take me'. so I ask myself (and you guys) basically, why doesn't everyone take the 'best' pet. so my question was, "is there some reason why everyone doesn't take tiger, because it seems too good to be true that I can start a new character with a kick butt animal companion.

I take it the answer was "yes", and can leave it at that. It seems sometimes people are trying to uberize things and some people were thinking I was after a large tiger to start with.

sorry for my miscommunication .

Not everyone takes the best mechanical option. Many people take things that would be appropriate for their character. It is a roleplaying game, after all.

Grand Lodge

Tiger is good, but it is not the best.

If you are on an adventure on a boat, or in a small natural cave, tiger is gonna have many problems. These are spots where other companions are really good.

Climbers and medium size are good for underground.

Fliers are great for battles at sea.

In town a wolf is less noticeable as a wild animal, horse blends even better. A huge cat stands out, a lot.

All depends on what you/group/campaign is doing.

Sczarni

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Fifo wrote:
I ask myself (and you guys) basically, why doesn't everyone take the 'best' pet?

"Best", how?

As a combatant?

As a mount?

As a bodyguard?

Thematically?

There are many "best" options out there.


I was wondering if it would be possible for my hunter to start with an atomie companion. And if so what the cost of a mithral sewing needle sized rapier would be

Sczarni

The Atomie?

It's a fey creature. You can't choose it as an Animal Companion.

The Leadership feat is what you'd want to take.

As for Diminutive-sized gear, there are technically no rules in Pathfinder for pricing out weapons smaller than small-sized, but most people just use the chart for unusual armor sizes to determine the price of unusual weapon sizes.


Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber
Fifo wrote:

I'm sure it's a bit late to respond now, but. Communication is not my strong suit, sorry about that. I wasn't trying to stir up anything, and never do. sometimes I just need to understand the whys and wherefores.

Looking at the druid guides there are alot of animal companions that are colored red and look as though no one in their right mind would take one. there are some that are purple saying 'take me, take me'. so I ask myself (and you guys) basically, why doesn't everyone take the 'best' pet. so my question was, "is there some reason why everyone doesn't take tiger, because it seems too good to be true that I can start a new character with a kick butt animal companion.

I take it the answer was "yes", and can leave it at that. It seems sometimes people are trying to uberize things and some people were thinking I was after a large tiger to start with.

sorry for my miscommunication .

Your error is in relying on 'guides' for building 'characters'. If you are trying to build a mechanical tool for succeeding in some fictional challenge, then sure, find a guide that builds you the best tool. But if you are trying to create a character to play a role playing game with, then choose the companion, abilities, and actions that your envisioned character would do, given his upbringing, training, history, environment, and experiences.


Only if your characters name is Calvin.


Fifo wrote:

I'm sure it's a bit late to respond now, but. Communication is not my strong suit, sorry about that. I wasn't trying to stir up anything, and never do. sometimes I just need to understand the whys and wherefores.

Looking at the druid guides there are alot of animal companions that are colored red and look as though no one in their right mind would take one. there are some that are purple saying 'take me, take me'. so I ask myself (and you guys) basically, why doesn't everyone take the 'best' pet. so my question was, "is there some reason why everyone doesn't take tiger, because it seems too good to be true that I can start a new character with a kick butt animal companion.

I take it the answer was "yes", and can leave it at that. It seems sometimes people are trying to uberize things and some people were thinking I was after a large tiger to start with.

sorry for my miscommunication .

Dont worry.

Silver Crusade

Fifo wrote:

I'm sure it's a bit late to respond now, but. Communication is not my strong suit, sorry about that. I wasn't trying to stir up anything, and never do. sometimes I just need to understand the whys and wherefores.

Looking at the druid guides there are alot of animal companions that are colored red and look as though no one in their right mind would take one. there are some that are purple saying 'take me, take me'. so I ask myself (and you guys) basically, why doesn't everyone take the 'best' pet. so my question was, "is there some reason why everyone doesn't take tiger, because it seems too good to be true that I can start a new character with a kick butt animal companion.

I take it the answer was "yes", and can leave it at that. It seems sometimes people are trying to uberize things and some people were thinking I was after a large tiger to start with.

sorry for my miscommunication .

Because it's a tabletop ROLE playing game. Not some brainless PvP MMO.

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