Ranger Animal Companions?


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http://paizo.com/pathfinderRPG/prd/monsters/animalCompanions.html

That is the link to Paizo's Animal Companion page, that does not have the simple animal comanions listed for ranger that are in the CRB, nor does it say which animals are available to a ranger currently.

My ranger just leveled to 4 and gets to pick a Companion. Great. Knowing the CRB is terribly outdated, I want to find what animals I can actually choose from. Maybe I can find an actual current list of companions online... let's try Paizo since they are the gold standard.

The page I found doesn't even list Wolf. wtf Paizo?

So yea. I am asking advice. Can someone give me a list of the Current Animal companions available to Rangers..

and I am giving advice, Paizo. fix your reference guide so it can be used as a reference instead of another source of disappointment.

Scarab Sages

Its under the ranger

The second option is to form a close bond with an animal companion. A ranger who selects an animal companion can choose from the following list: badger, bird, camel, cat (small), dire rat, dog, horse, pony, snake (viper or constrictor), or wolf. If the campaign takes place wholly or partly in an aquatic environment, the ranger may choose a shark instead.

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Flutter wrote:

Its under the ranger

The second option is to form a close bond with an animal companion. A ranger who selects an animal companion can choose from the following list: badger, bird, camel, cat (small), dire rat, dog, horse, pony, snake (viper or constrictor), or wolf. If the campaign takes place wholly or partly in an aquatic environment, the ranger may choose a shark instead.

Read the CRB, that's why I posted. So what you are saying is that there have been no new Animal Companions available to the Ranger since the CRB came out, even though that Paizo page I linked to says there is a 'wide selection'?

I guess that's possible that they have never updated that aspect of the Ranger in all the years and subsequent rulebooks, it just did not seem likely. Oh well. I just needed to be sure.
That Paizo page should still list the ones listed in the CRB, near as I can tell it says it lists Ranger Companions but does not list a single one. Something seems screwy there.


Baseline Rangers simply have an extremely limited selection of weak Animal Companions compared to Druids. The Beastmaster Archetype gives Rangers access to the full list of companions.

Sovereign Court

Generally they leave it up to the GM to open it up a bit more as more creatures get added to the expanded lists. They don't tend to expand the restricted lists after the fact.

So ask your GM nicely as to which newer companions are added to the list, or ask him if the one you want could be added. If in PFS, unluckily you are stuck with that small list without an archetype or something else unlocking options.


Good information. Thanks everyone. :)


I may be mistaken, but I think the Roc ac entry mentions rangers being able to have them.


Sah wrote:
I may be mistaken, but I think the Roc ac entry mentions rangers being able to have them.

It does and it's wrong. It's a hold over from 3.0/3.5 in the descriptive text of the animal. Per the rules a ranger cannot actually select a roc as an animal companion, despite that bit of fluff in the bestiary.

Grand Lodge

In Pathfinder Society, rangers are stuck at the list in the CRB (and whatever chronicles you can get that open options).

In general pathfinder, I do not know any GM's who force the constrained list on their players.

This includes Roc as I would rather rule on the side of "more options" then on the side of "oops, we missed a typo." Other GMs have other opinions on this of course.


Can't GMs simply allow more companions anyway? That doesn't seem like a game-breaking house rule.

If druids can have them, so can rangers... and you've equalized the class :P


JiCi wrote:

Can't GMs simply allow more companions anyway? That doesn't seem like a game-breaking house rule.

If druids can have them, so can rangers... and you've equalized the class :P

A GM is free to allow whatever he wants. He can rule the rangers get 9th level spell progression like a druid instead of his normal spell progression but that doesn't make it the rule.

I would be wary about expanding the list of available animal companions too much. Rangers already get lots of power in other things. For the price of a single feat you can have your animal companion at your level (boon companion). Besides which, the feats Mounstrous Mount and Monstrous Mount Mastery exist, which show a general inclination that you shouldn't simply just give away the extra options.

It wont absolutely ruin a game, but rangers are already incredibly powerful (when fighting their FE or once they get Instant Enemy). There is no need to really give them more.

Grand Lodge

Claxon wrote:
Besides which, the feats Mounstrous Mount and Monstrous Mount Mastery exist, which show a general inclination that you shouldn't simply just give away the extra options.

I don't see how this is related to the point it looks like you're trying to make. The beasts from the Monstrous Mount feat aren't available as druid animal companions and druids don't qualify for the feat. So I'm at a loss as to what point you're actually trying to make by including this in your argument.


The fact that you can get an expanded animal companion list, but that it requires feats to do so.

Thusly, you shouldn't give away access to other companions for free.

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