Hey I've done a few searches and all I'm finding is arguements with no answers, so is there a PFS specific ruling on how the familiar from the Witch dedication works?
Specifically "Your familiar has one less familiar ability than normal."
A> Your familiar only gets 1 ability ever unless you take a special feat.
B> It's one less than an actual Witches familiar, which gets bonuses, so 2, but it never goes up because you're not leveling as a witch.
C> It's a Witches familiar minus 1 and it does scale with your level so 2, 3 @6th, 4 @12th, & 5 @18th
D> There's no official PFS guidance and it's up to the whim of your current session GM.
|HammerJack Venture-Agent, Online—VTT|
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Having read likely the same discussion threads as you, the conclusion that I came to are this:
The default familiar has 2 abilities.
The witch class feature grants a familiar extra abilities based on witch level.
The witch dedication grants you "a familiar" (not "a familiar like a witch" or "as the witch class feature" or even "a witch's familiar"), which I interpret to mean a default familiar, and deducts one ability from that familiar.
Therefore, a familiar from the witch dedication has a paltry one ability. Trust me, I wanted to come to a different conclusion, but I could not.
So Nefreet's advice is the best: discuss it with your GM (briefly and accept their ruling) and plan conservatively. Sometimes you may have two abilities and sometimes you may have one, depending on the GM.
|Andrew the Warwitch|
|Tomppa Venture-Lieutenant, Finland—Turku|
Just want to point out that normally spellcasting dedications give you 2 cantrips. Witch gives you 1 which you can swap out, plus familiar with "one less ability than normal", plus one trained skill.
Wizard gives you 1 skill and 2 cantrips which you can swap out
Sorcerer gives you 2 skills and 2 cantrips
Oracle gives you 2 skills and 2 cantrips
Bard gives you 2 skills and 2 cantrips
If witch dedication gave you familiar with 2 abilities, it would be strictly better than wizard: You could pick extra cantrip as one ability, and the other whatever you like, resulting in
1 skill, 2 cantrips, and a familiar with 1 ability left. That 1 ability could be "skilled", to get level + int to a single skill of your choice per day.
If it's strictly a familiar with 1 ability, it seems more in line with the rest of the spellcasting dedications: You have less stuff overall, but you have the flexibility to pick and choose what that "last thing you get" is, on day-to-day basis, for 1 skill, 1 cantrip, and 1 free floating ability.
The answer is likely A, probably not B, and definitely should not be C.
|Cordell Kintner Venture-Agent, California—Silicon Valley|
Wish they would change it to specify a specific number of abilities, rather than "one less familiar ability than normal". Just say "Your familiar gains only 1 ability, and does not gain more like a witch normally would."
But the existence of the line in Basic Witchcraft, "Your familiar no longer has one less familiar ability than normal." leads me to believe it's 1 until you get that feat, then it's two. You don't gain additional familiar abilities with the archetype.