Bloodstone Collar (item only for familiar) - still need extra slot feat?


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I was reading through the "Items that can save your life in 2017 list" and saw the Bloodstone Collar.

http://www.d20pfsrd.com/magic-items/wondrous-items/wondrous-items/c-d/colla r-bloodstone/

This is a very cheap neckslot item that only works if it's worn by a familiar.

Now with the recent FAQ ruling familiars don't have neckslots by default. So my guess is that you'd need to switch a feat to "Extra Slot: Neck" in order for this to function.

But this line makes me doubt:
"However, an item called out to be used by a specific animal is usable by that animal regardless of slot."

Familiars aren't animals, so it isn't 100% analogous.

But on the other hand, it is pretty weird that an item made for familiars only works on the 1% of familiars that exchange their feats at creation, and makes it tough on witches who have their spellbook tied to their familiar so their cost to switch familiars (In order to get Extra Slot) is skyhigh

I currently don't own the book, and it's a pretty big spend only for this item, so before I plunge I'd like some input.


You must be referring to PFS, because there is no FAQ on any of the Hardcover Pathfinder products that say you have to spend a feat on it. And last I checked, the whole "have to spend a feat on it" rule was a PFS thing.

And if that's the case, that's a problem with PFS, and not with the standard rules, which lets your familiar use an appropriate slot depending on which type of familiar it is, with this table here.

Based on that table, all creatures except Piscines, Serpentines, and Vermin can use Neck Item slots.

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I'm also interested in this, as I just bought one for Eska, my shaman's spirit fox.

Although it seems clear that it is intended to work for a familiar without feat investment, I agree that it's not clear, especially as I can't find the line you referenced regarding items being called out for a specific animal. Could you provide a link to that please?

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For a specific animal it has to be specicif, like horse shoes or doggy goggles

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What familiar donyou have? Most likely they have weapon finesse, which is useless to familiars. You could have swappedmit out for free when they changes the rule a bit before the start of season 9, or at worst spend 5pp and a bit of gold to retrain your familiars feat

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
What familiar donyou have? Most likely they have weapon finesse, which is useless to familiars. You could have swappedmit out for free when they changes the rule a bit before the start of season 9, or at worst spend 5pp and a bit of gold to retrain your familiars feat

Thanks Mr. Wolf. Looks like I'll be trading in some favours with the Grand Lodge druids to train Eska to keep her collar on.

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