Dragon-type pet without Leadership


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Hi everyone,
Does anyone know how a character can get a pet/familiar/animal companion/special mount/whatever dragon? The one I have in mind is a CR 5, Small-sized creature (rope dragon).
I'm sure there's an archetype or feat or PrC out there that would let me do that, but I can't seem to find it.
Bonus points if I can get the dragon as early as possible.
Alternatively, what about magical beasts as companions? Familiars don't count, I'm talking about actual magical beasts from the monster manuals.

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There are archetypes that give you access to a drake companion, but that's not what you're looking for. (And they aren't as good as people want them to be.)

Your best bet would be Leadership (I know, it's not what you want to hear.) and get one as your cohort. There's a section in the bestiary that goes into monstrous cohorts for a bit. From there on out you'll have to extrapolate the correct level by yourself.

Edit: Is there a specific class that you want to play?


alive dragon i can only think of the few dragon themed archetypes out there might be able to get one there's a 3rd party class called dragon rider that gets one.

undead on the other hand there are a plethera of ways to get a dragon


Pseudodragon or Faerie Dragon are options for Improved Familiars, but require you to be at least 7th and within one step of NG and CG respectively. Sadly the mauler familiar archetype isn't compatible with improved familiars since they lose speak with animals.


@the David : ideally a Ranger, but it doesn't really matter because it's only for an NPC.
Thanks for your answers! I suppose the rope dragon will just be the NPC's friend and ally. Its CR won't be included in the NPC's, but it doesn't make much of a difference. Besides, I can only hope that the players won't murder him for no reason!

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Sekket wrote:

@the David : ideally a Ranger, but it doesn't really matter because it's only for an NPC.

Thanks for your answers! I suppose the rope dragon will just be the NPC's friend and ally. Its CR won't be included in the NPC's, but it doesn't make much of a difference. Besides, I can only hope that the players won't murder him for no reason!

Then it wouldn't really matter, right? Just build a ranger and add the Rope Dragon.


Draconic Ally.

You get it by level 5 if you play a wizard. However, you will have to have the component and re-cast the spell every so often.

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Darigaaz the Igniter wrote:
Pseudodragon or Faerie Dragon are options for Improved Familiars, but require you to be at least 7th and within one step of NG and CG respectively. Sadly the mauler familiar archetype isn't compatible with improved familiars since they lose speak with animals.

You forgot to mention the Caligraphy Wyrm, the Pseudowyvern and the Pyrausta as mentioned in Legacy of Dragons. There's also the Shadow Drake and the Tidepool Dragon according to the Familiar Folio.

Huh, you're right about the speak with animals part. I don't think that was intended.


At least one developer has said that they're OK with ordinary familiars getting a boost (from the familiar archetypes) which improved familiars don't. I'm not sure whether it was intended, but they're not planning to change it.


the David wrote:
Darigaaz the Igniter wrote:
Pseudodragon or Faerie Dragon are options for Improved Familiars, but require you to be at least 7th and within one step of NG and CG respectively. Sadly the mauler familiar archetype isn't compatible with improved familiars since they lose speak with animals.

You forgot to mention the Caligraphy Wyrm, the Pseudowyvern and the Pyrausta as mentioned in Legacy of Dragons. There's also the Shadow Drake and the Tidepool Dragon according to the Familiar Folio.

Huh, you're right about the speak with animals part. I don't think that was intended.

I missed those because I'm not familiar with anything not on the prd >.>

Intended or not, I've seen some dev comments or faqs that state they're treating improved familiar as a sort of archetype in that it replaces/loses speak with animals but is compatible with familiar archetypes that don't modify or affect that.


I made a character based off of Alex from Lunar (as an NPC), and I essentially just gave him a "familiar" flying housecat. The first time his friends were in danger, the cat "morphed" into a white dragon.

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