Teaching an Animal Companion Tricks with GM Credit


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Grand Lodge 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Portland aka xebeche

I have a 3rd level character advanced entirely through GM credit. I've desperately wanted to master the animal companion rules. From what I can tell this character's animal companion will start knowing a whopping two tricks, as all non-bonus tricks must be trained. Ouch.

I'd like to suggest a FAQ allowing GMs to train one trick per scenario.

Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Captain, California—Sacramento aka FLite

well, his starting animal companion gets it's first 6 tricks (3 tricks for 1 int) for free, Plus the 2 bonus.

So it is only an issue if you lose your companion, replace it, then GM a bunch.

Grand Lodge 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Portland aka xebeche

Quote:

How can I teach tricks to an animal using Handle Animal?

You can teach any animal a trick so long as you follow the rules for Handle Animal on pages 97–98 of the Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook. A GM must observe your Handle Animal check, and must initial what tricks the animal gained in the "Conditions Gained" section of the scenario's Chronicle sheet. The first time a character with levels in druid, ranger, or any other class that grants an animal companion gains an animal companion, the animal enters play knowing its maximum number of tricks as dictated by the animal companion's Intelligence and the character's effective druid level. If the character replaces the animal companion for any reason, the new animal starts with no tricks known, save for bonus tricks granted based on the PC's effective druid level. Once per scenario, you may attempt to train the animal companion a number of times equal to the number of ranks you have in the Handle Animal skill. Each success allows you to teach the animal a single trick; a failed attempt counts against the total number of training attempts allowed per scenario, and you may not attempt to teach the same trick until the next scenario. Alternatively, you may train one animal for a single purpose as long as you have enough ranks in Handle Animal to train the animal in each trick learned as part of that purpose. You may take 10 on Handle Animal checks to teach an animal companion tricks.

Crisis averted.

Scarab Sages 5/5 ⦵⦵⦵

Druids log

Ninja'd on the important part.

Grand Lodge 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Portland aka xebeche

Actually, Flutter, it was because of your post that I found this FAQ. I cannot thank you enough.

Liberty's Edge 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Washington—Seattle aka The Great Rinaldo!

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Flutter provides an important service. The Animal Companions union saves lives.

Sczarni 5/5 ⦵⦵

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OMGosh, if those Sarah McLachlan commercials were narrated in Fluttershy's voice, I'd either die laughing or go broke donating.

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Nefreet wrote:
OMGosh, if those Sarah McLachlan commercials were narrated in Fluttershy's voice, I'd either die laughing or go broke donating.

Funny, I used an actual Fluttershy figure on a particular scenario that involved a captive Pegasus.

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