100+ uses for the wizards familiar


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Start listing everyone! Imma just sit and watch


1. Stew an old Familiarecipe.


2. Sit, Mittens! Ta-da, doorstop!
3. Sit, Mittens! Ta-da, paperweight!


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4. Here, Rover! Catch the ball! *throws the ball down the dungeon corridor, certainly not to check for traps*

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5.Krieghton shane begins rambling, sic familiar on him, watch him be cuddled to death by cute animals.

What? Im an animal lover by nature!


Goat familiar = Fresh milk
Frog Familiar Can keep insect off caster at night

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8. Conversational piece
8b. Emergency party face (ravens and parrots)


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"I, THARGAR THE BLOODY, KING OF ERUTHA, SLAYER OF FLAME THE ANCIENT DRAGON, CHAMPION OF TELGAR THE KING OF THE GODS, WILL NOW LISTEN TO YOU. WHY DID YOU SEEK AN AUDIENCE?"
A scuffle and some whispering ensued from the little group, while the king patiently watched the motley group. Eventually, one among the group stepped forward. On his shoulder was a brightly coloured parrot. It met the king's gaze with one baleful eye.
"POLLY WANT A CRACKER!"

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Sissyl wrote:

"I, THARGAR THE BLOODY, KING OF ERUTHA, SLAYER OF FLAME THE ANCIENT DRAGON, CHAMPION OF TELGAR THE KING OF THE GODS, WILL NOW LISTEN TO YOU. WHY DID YOU SEEK AN AUDIENCE?"

A scuffle and some whispering ensued from the little group, while the king patiently watched the motley group. Eventually, one among the group stepped forward. On his shoulder was a brightly coloured parrot. It met the king's gaze with one baleful eye.
"POLLY WANT A CRACKER!"

some emergencies are more serious than others...


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9. so you can get around the GM rule of no stupidly long character names.

"I am the great wizard Tim and this is Kitty the cute fuzzy prince of all that is adorable and soft, who is the one that cuddles the great gods and..."

Then get upset if they don't use it's full name.

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10. Comic relief.


11. A hat.

12. Getting the opponent to waste it's attack of opportunity so you can walk by.

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13. Casting touch spells from a safe distance.

14. To man your organ grinder.

15. Petty theft without getting caught.

(Man I want a spider monkey as a familiar now.)

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16. One of my players uses her octopus as jewelry.


17. To deflect arrows ( if your familiar has monk levels).


18. Stealing the key from the sleeping guard while you're locked up.


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Footfamiliar. In America, it would mean running around with it in your arm, in the rest of the world, kicking the familiar around the field.

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19. Flanking buddy if it's a medium familiar

20. Drop caltrops or marbles to create difficult terrain. Interrupt all of the barbarians from charging you.

21. Give it tanglefoot bags and alchemist's fire for aerial bombing runs.

22. Use. Magic. Device. With enough wands and scrolls they can practically be a second character.

23. Burdenless Barding, Muleback Cords, Heavyload Belt. With all three you can get your monkey's light load up to 180 pounds, making the tiny familiar a great beast of burden.

24. A little friend to help with aid another, every round.

25. Roll knowledge checks using your skill ranks. It helps more if it can talk to you and tell you what it saw.

26. Trap disabler

27. Secondary spellcaster, with Familiar Spell

28. Mount, if it's a particularly strong familiar, or one with the mauler archetype.

29. High stealth scout.

30. Soul Gem manufacturing, if you've got a cacodaemon.

31. Using tiny nets and whips to entangle and disarm spellcasters.


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32. Make the loneliness go away. When you're a bookworm wizard with 7 charisma and a haughty arrogance that only comes with 24int, it's hard to make friends. Magic talking kitty that only I understand makes the pain go away.


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33. cloak of dreams cast on familiar. Then watch as your familiar devours them with coup-de-grace.


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34. You can have a black cat familiar, and monologue to it what you're going to do when you finally capture those Smurfs.

35. Evolved Familiar can give your weasel reach!

36. Improved Familiar can get you a Stirge!

37. Your Inquisitor can blow two feats to get a Scorpion for +4 initiative! That stacks with Improved Initiative! And the reactionary trait! And your Dex and your Wis! You can just go first every round! On a 1!


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Erm... So does your avatar automatically change if you use a cetain 'S' word in your post? Was that normal?

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I don't know. Let's Smurf and find out.

Yes, yes is Smurfing does.


What the Smurf?


Sissyl wrote:
Footfamiliar. In America, it would mean running around with it in your arm, in the rest of the world, kicking the familiar around the field.

And it's a dumb name no matter what the rules!


38) Target practice.

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37. Your Inquisitor can blow two feats to get a Scorpion for +4 initiative! That stacks with Improved Initiative! And the reactionary trait! And your Dex and your Wis! You can just go first every round! On a 1!

I didn't have the scorpion, but I had the ifrit Wild at Heart racial ability with Improved Init and Reactionary in my initial build. Decided that a +13 was a bit more than required so I rebuilt my chacter with a more reasonable +7. Now that I think about it, a +17 Init would be even more awesome!


Add in 20 levels of diviner and ten mythic ranks and an impressive Dex and you get somewhere above 50 init.

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39. Free guano.


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40. Improved Familiar + Pig = Fiendish Pig with resist 5 Fire! What's more EVIL than bacon you can't cook! Muahahaha!!!

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Zaboom wins.


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41. Familiar can be worn as a "fur coat" to an extravaganza. When the "fur coat" is hung in the guest closet, the familiar goes to work - robbing the other patrons or spying for the master.

Bonus: Leaving droppings in the other patrons coat pockets.

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JTD wrote:

41. Familiar can be worn as a "fur coat" to an extravaganza. When the "fur coat" is hung in the guest closet, the familiar goes to work - robbing the other patrons or spying for the master.

Bonus: Leaving droppings in the other patrons coat pockets.

That Sir, is brilliant. Provided of course that the coat checker doesn't realize he is handling a live animal.

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41a. Put the familiar in the pocket of your coat.


42: Deliver Thank you notes (( this just happened in my game tonight))

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43: emergency hidden poison stash that's generally socially acceptable for casters to have on their person
Of course this is just for things like vipers and scorpions and whatnot

I have a bartender with a viper familiar in an awesome intrigue game

Handy tidbit: alcohol always detects the same "poison present" result from a detect poison spell whether you've spiked it with viper venom or not


44. Loofah.

45. Teach the familiar how to light tindertwigs and set them to work lighting the bombs you planted all over the BBEG's base.

46. Pretend to be under a very weird curse where the familiar is actually the wizard and the wizard is actually the familiar. Surprise BBEGs when they think the cat they just locked up is the main spellcaster by fireballing them.

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Really quite fond of 46, I might use that one later

47. Alternate character concept: have one of the players actually play as the familiar

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48. Therapy animal. Because sometimes you just need to cuddle something cute to deal with the stress and trauma that comes with adventuring. :3

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49. Small extra source of heat when bundling up for warmth in cold weather (or large one with improved or bloodline familiar)
50: source of food/foraging aid (milk from mamilian familiars such as goats, truffles from pigs etc)
51: fabric for clothing (via sheering your goat familiar or collecting shredded fur from dog or fox or cat familiar.... Though I suppose you could shave them too, but they will not like it)
52: emergency healer via celestial bloodline familiar or improved familiar or UMD

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Lord Foul II wrote:
52: emergency healer via celestial bloodline familiar or improved familiar or UMD

Doesn't apply to a wizard's familiar, but paladin's familiars (from the Chosen One archetype) can Lay on Paws. I just love that name, though I call it "Lay on Beak" when I do it, since I have a thrush familiar for mine.

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Good point fromper forgot about that one
53: backup equipment for various sports games


54: Intelligent Conversion

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55: exotic back scratcher/bug remover

come on, over half way there

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56: wingman for the wizard entering the dating game (after casting a polymorph spell like alter self on your animal)
57: making your group more populated looking (whether for security or for RP)

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58:....Love interest?


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59: Paralyzing male enemies who forgot to guard their trouser legs...
60: Legal lethal weapon

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61: literal trouser snakes for comedians and sexual assasians

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62: monkey medics running around using your ranks in heal and/or UMD and it's own actions to keep downed party members alive (and possibly still in the fight)


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Well, the best uses I have ever seen for a familiar is as a scout or informant. However the current Wizard in my group is using his as a assistant crafter of magic items, using a Valet archetype from the Animal Archive and giving it a Ring of Sustenance so it has more time to craft items with the Wizard.

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