The Intelligent Animal Companion, Can It Be Done?


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I have an idea for a Goliath Druid/Mammoth Rider that will fit into the campaign I'm playing through right now. The character I want to bring in is kind of like Mowgli, but he's an Aasimar raised in the Realm of the Mammoth Lords by a herd of Mastodons.

More for RP than any mechanical reason, I wanted the fellow's animal companion/mount to be pretty intelligent. The Aasimar will have the trait Beastkin (Mastodon), and I wanted him to be able to converse with the animal companion regularly*.

The thing I am having trouble with is getting the AC's intelligence up without just throwing a +4 Headband of Vast Intelligence on it.

The only two class feature ways I have found to get a decent INT companion are a mid-level Palladin or a Nature mystery Oracle with the Bonded Mount revelation.

The Celestial Servant feat opens up the Magical Beast type for the AC, but doesn't seem to actually change its INT score at all initially.

So, are there any ways besides just dropping every Ability Score increase into INT to make the companion smarter?

*This is a PbP so the conversations shouldn't infringe on other player's time like it would around a table.

Scarab Sages

I'd think you'd want it to have awakened cast on it. That'll get you what you want mechanically, and has a lot if interesting flavor.


Unfortunately, Awakened removes it from being an animal companion. I do have the request for it to be allowed out to my GM though.


A hunter with the courtly hunter archetype gets an animal companion/familiar hybrid. Not a great help for a goliath druid, true.

The monstrous mount feat opens up a bunch of options which generally have Int 6. None of them are elephantine though.

There's some racial options for raising one of an animal companion's ability scores, but not for aasimar IIRC.

The precocious companion animal companion archetype adds to Int, but it also stops the companion getting bigger at level 4 or 7, which I'm betting you want given you're going for mammoth rider. If you just want to talk to it the totem guide animal companion archetype lets you do that at level 6. Int doesn't go up but hey, short phrases of animal/totemic wisdom should work anyway.


If you can get the money for 5 consecutive wish spells you can get your companion +5 int that way, besides that and awaken putting the level bonuses into int is the only way I can think of that will boost the companions int score.


avr wrote:

There's some racial options for raising one of an animal companion's ability scores, but not for aasimar IIRC.

Racial heritage can cover that nicely if you know what race gets those abilities, also just having the aasimar be part of X race will do it too, not all aasimar are half human.


Jagael wrote:
The thing I am having trouble with is getting the AC's intelligence up without just throwing a +4 Headband of Vast Intelligence on it.

What would be so bad about it? Yes, gold is a tight resource, but character levels, class features (to be traded for archetypes), feats etc. are tight resources too. There are very few options for characters that are really free, and be it just the opportunity cost (you could have taken something else).

If you are low on gold, you could start with the +2 version. And if it's really just for RP, negotiating with the GM is also an option.

Sovereign Court

Your best bet would be a nature mistery oracle plus halfings caretaker alternate racial trait for an aditional +2. A 9 is not bad at all and Mogwly is small so no problem there with the halfling.
Also if you want to keep druid a single level dip cant grant you that and friend to the animals via extra revelation for a bonus on saves on your companion.
If you really like the Aasimar angel thing for roleplay i supose you could take the celestial HE to have the wings and other stuff.


I figured there was no easy way to do it, or I would have found it already. Thanks for all the suggestions!


Targutai Minyatur wrote:

Your best bet would be a nature mistery oracle plus halfings caretaker alternate racial trait for an aditional +2. A 9 is not bad at all and Mogwly is small so no problem there with the halfling.

Also if you want to keep druid a single level dip cant grant you that and friend to the animals via extra revelation for a bonus on saves on your companion.
If you really like the Aasimar angel thing for roleplay i supose you could take the celestial HE to have the wings and other stuff.

Racial heritage or just being a part Halfling part celestial aasimar would make that possible.


If the goal is just to converse with the animal companion, why not just take the Totem Guide archetype for the said animal companion?


There is a cheap way to do this. A constant item of Speak with Animal (4000 GP). Also has additional utility in that you can use Gather Information on Animals. In this way you become a Disney Princess.


Also I forgot to warn:

Even if you make your companion animal intelligent, he will not be able to speak with you, because intelligent is not enough.
Intelligence does not change the way the vocal cords of the animal are made, this is explained into the "Intelligent Animal" rules of the Complete Compaign book.

Basicaly, intelligence make the animal able to UNDERSTAND your language, but if he doesn't have the way to produce human-like sonorities with his throat, he will just not speak with you like that.
Very few animals can do this at the base, like parrots or thushes.

So, to speak with an animal, there is only 2 ways:
- YOU need to speak the animal's language (Speak with Animals and Animal Totem are two ways to do that)
- or you need to turn the animal in a Magical Beast, but at that time, he will not be your Animal Companion anymore (Awakening)

A animal companion Mammoth speaking human language is not possible without an houserule


Moonheart, if the animal companion is allowed to use rings then a ring of eloquence is one more way.

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