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Familiar




A familiar is an animal chosen by spellcaster with the familiar or arcane bond class feature to aid him in his study of magic.

See Familiars (and the Improved Familiar feat) for additional rules on using familiars.

Some familiars can also have archetypes. See this page for examples.

Table: Familiars and Special Abilities
Familiar Special Ability Source
Archaeopteryx Master gains a +2 bonus on Reflex saves. PRG:B4
Armadillo Master gains a +1 natural armor bonus to AC PRG:UW
Bat Master gains a +3 bonus on Fly checks PRG:CRB
Bat, flying fox Master gains a +2 bonus on Fortitude saves  
Cat Master gains a +3 bonus on Stealth checks PRG:CRB
Centipede, house Master gains a +3 bonus on Stealth checks PRG:UM
Chicken Master gains +3 hit points PRG:UW
Compsognathus Master gains a +4 bonus on Initiative checks PRG:B2
Crab, king Master gains a +2 bonus on CMB checks to start and maintain a grapple PRG:UM
Dodo Master gains a +4 bonus on Initiative checks PRG:UW
Dolphin Master gains a +3 bonus on Swim checks PRG:UW
Donkey rat Master gains a +2 bonus on Fortitude saves PRG:UM
Dwarf caiman Master gains a +3 bonus on Stealth checks PRG:UW
Ermine Master gains a +2 bonus on Reflex saves RWPG
Fox Master gains a +2 bonus on Reflex saves PRG:UM
Fox, Creamfoot Fennec[3PP-PFU] Master gains Desert Runner quality (see creamfoot entry) WF12
Giant Isopod Master gains a +1 natural armor bonus to AC PAP:55
Goat Master gains a +3 bonus on Survival checks PRG:UM
Hare Master gains a +4 bonus on Initiative checks RWPG
Hawk Master gains a +3 bonus on sight-based and opposed Perception checks in bright light PRG:CRB
Hedgehog Master gains a +2 bonus on Will saves PRG:UM
Ioun Wyrd Master gains a +1 natural armor bonus to AC PRG:UW
Kakapo Master gains a +3 bonus on Climb checks PRG:UW
Koala Master gains a +3 bonus on Climb checks PRG:UW
Lemming Master gains a +2 bonus on Fortitude saves PRG:UW
Leopard slug Master gains a +3 bonus on Climb checks PRG:UW
Lizard Master gains a +3 bonus on Climb checks PRG:CRB
Marine Iguana (use dwarf caiman statistics) Master gains a +3 bonus on Swim checks Blog
Mole Master gains a +3 bonus on smell-, taste-, and touch-based Perception checks PPC:FF
Mongoose (use weasel statistics) Master gains a +2 bonus on Fortitude saves Blog
Monkey Master gains a +3 bonus on Acrobatics checks PRG:CRB
Octopus, blue-ringed Master gains a +3 bonus on Swim checks PRG:UM
Osprey (use hawk statistics) Master gains a +3 bonus on Survival checks Blog
Otter Master gains a +3 bonus on Swim checks PRG:B3
Owl Master gains a +3 bonus on sight-based and opposed Perception checks in shadows or darkness PRG:CRB
Panda, red Master gains a +3 bonus on Acrobatics check  
Parrot* (use raven statistics) Master gains a +3 bonus on Linguistics checks Blog
Peafowl Master gains a +3 bonus on Intimidate checks PRG:UW
Penguin Master gains a +3 bonus on Swim checks PRG:UW
Petrifern Master gains a +1 natural armor bonus to AC PRG:UW
Pig Master gains a +3 bonus on Diplomacy checks PRG:UM
Platypus Master gains a +3 bonus on Swim checks PRG:UW
Ptarmigan Master gains a +3 bonus on Stealth checks PRG:UW
Pufferfish Master gains a +2 bonus on Fortitude saves PPC:FF
Puffin Master gains a +3 bonus on Swim checks PRG:UW
Raccoon Master gains a +3 bonus on Sleight of Hand checks PRG:B3
Rat Master gains a +2 bonus on Fortitude saves PRG:CRB
Raven* Master gains a +3 bonus on Appraise checks PRG:CRB
Rhamphorhynchus Master gains a +2 bonus on Initiative checks PRG:UW
Scorpion, greensting Master gains a +4 bonus on Initiative checks PRG:UM
Sea krait (use viper statistics) Master gains a +2 bonus on Fortitude saves Blog
Seal Master gains a +3 bonus on Swim checks PAP:55
Skunk Master gains a +2 bonus on Fortitude saves AnA
Sloth Master gains a +3 bonus on Climb checks. PRG:B4
Snail kite (use hawk statistics) Master gains a +3 bonus on Fly checks Blog
Spider, scarlet Master gains a +3 bonus on Climb checks PRG:UM
Squirrel Master gains a +3 bonus on Sleight of Hand checks PRG:UW
Squirrel, flying Master gains a +3 bonus on Fly checks AnA
Thrush* Master gains a +3 bonus on Diplomacy checks PRG:UW
Toad Master gains +3 hit points PRG:CRB
Toucan (use raven statistics; cannot speak) Master gains a +3 bonus on Diplomacy checks Blog
Trilobite Master gains a +1 natural armor bonus to AC  
Tuatara Master gains a +3 bonus on Survival checks. PRG:B4
Turtle Master gains a +1 natural armor bonus to AC PRG:UM
Turtle, snapping Master gains a +2 bonus on Fortitude saves PRG:UM
Viper Master gains a +3 bonus on Bluff checks PRG:CRB
Wallaby Master gains a +3 bonus on Acrobatics checks PRG:UW
Weasel Master gains a +2 bonus on Reflex saves PRG:CRB

* Speaks one language of its master’s choice as a supernatural ability.

[Paizo Blog] Source Paizo Blog, April 19, 2012