Can Familiars Have Classes?


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I was messing around with stats for a familiar with the improved familiar feat, and wound up with a greensting scorpion familiar with and intelligence of 12. Which naturally lead me to the question of whether or not it could have a class. The rules aren't very clear...


They can't.

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion Subscriber

Technically, there is a familiar with class levels in one of the adventures...

Wrath of the Righteous:
Areelu Vorlesh's familiar is a quasit rogue 2/assassin 10/trickster 4.

However, that was a gift from the NPC's patron, so special circumstances were involved. In any case, there are no actual rules for allowing it.


There are archetypes for familiars that could in a way be interpreted as a class, but actual classes - no. That would require the familiar to gain levels which would mean it to be an independent character. Perhaps it being a cohort would mitigate that, but as far as I remember your cohort cant be your familiar at the same time


Not really. The Soul Binder Wizard Archetype can somewhat do this.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Kalindlara wrote:

Technically, there is a familiar with class levels in one of the adventures...

** spoiler omitted **

However, that was a gift from the NPC's patron, so special circumstances were involved. In any case, there are no actual rules for allowing it.

MegaVillain world-breaking NPC's get to break a few rules here and there.

In fact as Mr. Jacobs has often said they will frequently break rules in minor ways, to get characters and beasties with the abilities...(or handicaps) they want.

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion Subscriber
LazarX wrote:
Kalindlara wrote:

Technically, there is a familiar with class levels in one of the adventures...

** spoiler omitted **

However, that was a gift from the NPC's patron, so special circumstances were involved. In any case, there are no actual rules for allowing it.

MegaVillain world-breaking NPC's get to break a few rules here and there.

In fact as Mr. Jacobs has often said they will frequently break rules in minor ways, to get characters and beasties with the abilities...(or handicaps) they want.

It's true. In fact, I like it when some stuff doesn't have exact rules for how it happens or what's explicitly required.

I just wanted to establish that there was a precedent for classed familiars. ^_^

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