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Improved Familiar

This feat allows you to acquire a powerful familiar, but only when you could normally acquire a new familiar.

Prerequisites: Ability to acquire a new familiar, compatible alignment, sufficiently high level (see below).

Benefit: When choosing a familiar, the creatures listed here are also available to you. You may choose a familiar with an alignment up to one step away on each alignment axis (lawful through chaotic, good through evil).

Improved familiars otherwise use the rules for regular familiars, with two exceptions: if the creature's type is something other than animal, its type does not change; and improved familiars do not gain the ability to speak with other creatures of their kind (although many of them already have the ability to communicate).

Table: Improved Familiars
Familiar Alignment Arcane Spellcaster Level
Almiraj Any 5th
Arbiter (Inevitable) Lawful neutral 7th
Augur (Kyton) Lawful evil 7th
Brownie Neutral 7th
Cacodaemon (Daemon) Neutral evil 7th
Carbuncle Neutral 5th
Cassisian (Angel) Lawful good 7th
Celestial Hawk1 Neutral good 3rd
Ceru Any 7th
Clockwork Familiar Any 7th
Coral Capuchin Within one step of Neutral 3rd
Cythnigot (Qlippoth) Chaotic evil 7th
Dire Rat Neutral 3rd
Doru (Div) Neutral evil 7th
Dweomercat Cub Chaotic Neutral 7th
Elemental, Small (any type) Neutral 5th
Entropic Monkey Chaotic neutral 3rd
Faerie Dragon Within one step of Chaotic Good 7th
Fiendish Viper1 Neutral evil 3rd
Harbinger (Archon) Lawful good 7th
Homunculus2 Any 7th
Imp Lawful evil 7th
Isitoq Evil 5th
Lyrakien (Azata) Chaotic good 7th
Mephit (any type) Neutral 7th
Mockingfey Not indicated Not indicated
Nosoi (Psychopomp) Neutral 7th
Nuglub Gremlin Chaotic evil 7th
Nycar Chaotic neutral 7th
Paracletus (Aeon) Neutral 7th
Pseudodragon Neutral good 7th
Quasit Chaotic evil 7th
Raktavarna (Rakshasa) Lawful evil 7th
Ratling Chaotic evil 7th
Resolute Owl Lawful neutral 3rd
Severed Head Any 3rd
Shadow Drake Evil 7th
Shikigami (Kami) Lawful neutral 7th
Silvanshee (Agathion) Neutral good 7th
Skvader Neutral 3rd
Spirit Oni Lawful evil 7th
Sprite Chaotic neutral 5th
Stirge Neutral 5th
Tidepool Dragon Within one step of Chaotic Neutral 7th
Tripurasura (Asura) Lawful evil 7th
Wolpertinger Neutral 5th
Voidworm (Protean) Chaotic neutral 7th
Zoog Chaotic neutral 5th

1 Or other celestial, entropic, fiendish, or resolute animal from the standard familiar list.
2 The master must first create the homunculus.

Note: This chart has been updated according to the Ultimate Magic Appendix & Bestiary 3.