Ape Animal Companion with a Bow?


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So I was checking out this thread http://paizo.com/threads/rzs2lyny?Can-an-Animal-Companion-take-Exotic-Weapo n and I couldn't find an exact answer. One of the users about halfway down mentioned that in the Pathfinder Society Guide to Organized Play, there was a quote:

"Can I improve my companion’s Intelligence to 3 or higher and give it weapon feats?

"Yes. Following the guidelines for animal companions as established on page 53 of the Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook, this is legal. Your companion must be physically capable of wielding the weapon (no tigers with longswords, for example). Bear in mind, however, that an animal’s natural attacks nearly always yield better results than spending feat slots and gold pieces to equip your companion."

I can't seem to find this quote so I'll just ask here or someone can reference me to another book.

If I got my Ape's intelligence to 3, could I take up Simple and Martial weapon proficiency and give it a longbow? Obviously I'm not trying to max/min or anything like that, I just think it would be funny to see an Inquisitor of Erastil and his ape/gorilla companion using their deity's favored weapon.

Also another question about animal companions: By default they can use a magical neck slot and magical barding, and you have to pick up another feat to give them extra magical slots as long as they have the correct "body part" so to say, according to the Animal Archive I believe. What about Ioun stones? Would I have to get extra slot to use one? Trying to see how much Int I can stack on him if it's possible.

Lastly, for those who are all about max/min, what would you suggest for a bow-using animal companion? Ape has 17 dex but it gets lowered to 15 at 4th level so I'm wondering if there's another option, an animal companion with hands to wield a bow and better stats?

Level 4 Ape: 22 Str, 16 Dex, 3 Int, 2 feats, Simple/Martial weapon proficiency, equipped with a +5 Composite Longbow. Not including a Dex belt. :D

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

Slotless Magic Items, require no item slots.

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blackbloodtroll wrote:
Slotless Magic Items, require no item slots.

http://www.d20pfsrd.com/magic-items#TOC-Magic-Item-Slots-for-Animals

I was also just looking at that and apparently Apes/Baboons can wear any slots that players can wear. :o

I can just buy him an Int headband and a Dex belt, lol.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber
Maar the Volcano Monk wrote:
blackbloodtroll wrote:
Slotless Magic Items, require no item slots.

Magic Item Slots for Animals

I was also just looking at that and apparently Apes/Baboons can wear any slots that players can wear. :o

I can just buy him an Int headband and a Dex belt, lol.

That is a list of available magic slots for animals.

Again, slotless magic items, are not bound by available item slots.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Society Subscriber

As long as you aren't planning on using it in organized play and get it cleared with your GM it's perfectly fine.

Relevant post here and relevant PFS faq here

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Damanta wrote:

As long as you aren't planning on using it in organized play and get it cleared with your GM it's perfectly fine.

Relevant post here and relevant PFS faq here

Ouch, thanks for that FAQ post, it's funny cause that's almost exactly opposite of the post above and it's the same question, lol.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

Indeed.

PFS has it's own, special, houserules.

Sczarni

Maar the Volcano Monk wrote:
Damanta wrote:

As long as you aren't planning on using it in organized play and get it cleared with your GM it's perfectly fine.

Relevant post here and relevant PFS faq here

Ouch, thanks for that FAQ post, it's funny cause that's almost exactly opposite of the post above and it's the same question, lol.

Depending on how old your quote was, things simply could have changed.

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