Familiars with spellcasting racial ability


Rules Questions


Using the list of familiars available through Improved Familiar, it is possible to gain a familiar who has spellcasting as a racial ability. I'll use the Faerie Dragon as an example.

On top of his SLA (greater invisibility 3/day), the faerie dragon can "cast spells as a 3rd level sorcerer". The bestiary entry lists the spell knows of the creature (some cantrips + grease, silent image and sleep), but am I wrong to assume that since this is spellcasting and not just plain racial SLA, each individual faerie dragon could have learn different sets of lvl 1 spells?

Because it is was intended for every faerie dragon to have the same magic powers, they would have been listed as SLAs, right?

So here's my main question: if a Wizard chooses a faerie dragon familiar through Improved Familiar, could he also decide the sorcerer spells his familiar has learned?

Silver Crusade

Yip, I will have one next level, and was able to pick spells. I also plan to take leadership feat, and my GM is letting my faerie dragon also take levels of sorc, to cast buff spells on party.


They *could*, but it would require GM approval.

RAW, you got the monster from the Bestiary list, no modif'. That's probably how it is handled in PFS.
For a homegame, you can try to convince your GM to houserule this to "pimp your pet" and have the raddest familiar in all Golarion.

Clearly, it improve greatly some familiars. Something some GM might be hesitating with.

Edit: If your GM hesitate, propose him to allow it if you go on a special quest to find the creature or a special ritual, etc etc...


Pathfinder Companion, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber
HectorVivis wrote:

They *could*, but it would require GM approval.

RAW, you got the monster from the Bestiary list, no modif'. That's probably how it is handled in PFS.
For a homegame, you can try to convince your GM to houserule this to "pimp your pet" and have the raddest familiar in all Golarion.

Clearly, it improve greatly some familiars. Something some GM might be hesitating with.

Edit: If your GM hesitate, propose him to allow it if you go on a special quest to find the creature or a special ritual, etc etc...

+1

I think PFS is "Hamburger, no substitutions" where home games are "Cheeseburger minus tomato, extra onions".

Sczarni

Starfinder Charter Superscriber

In PFS you actually need a Boon from a Chronicle Sheet in order to access the Faerie Dragon, and "he" is a very specific individual.

Just buy him a Page of Spell Knowledge or two and you're good to go.

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