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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 PZO1140
Bat Master gains a +3 bonus on Fly checks PZO1110
Bat, flying fox Master gains a +2 bonus on Fortitude saves  
Cat Master gains a +3 bonus on Stealth checks PZO1110
Centipede, house Master gains a +3 bonus on Stealth checks PZO1117
Chicken Master gains +3 hit points PZO1140
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 PZO1117
Dodo Master gains a +4 bonus on Initiative checks PZO1140
Dolphin Master gains a +3 bonus on Swim checks PZO1140
Donkey rat Master gains a +2 bonus on Fortitude saves PZO1117
Dwarf caiman Master gains a +3 bonus on Stealth checks PZO1140
Ermine Master gains a +2 bonus on Reflex saves RWPG
Fox Master gains a +2 bonus on Reflex saves PZO1117
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 PZO1117
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 PZO1110
Hedgehog Master gains a +2 bonus on Will saves PZO1117
Ioun Wyrd Master gains a +1 natural armor bonus to AC PZO1140
Kakapo Master gains a +3 bonus on Climb checks PZO1140
Koala Master gains a +3 bonus on Climb checks PZO1140
Lemming Master gains a +2 bonus on Fortitude saves PZO1140
Leopard slug Master gains a +3 bonus on Climb checks PZO1140
Lizard Master gains a +3 bonus on Climb checks PZO1110
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 PZO1110
Octopus, blue-ringed Master gains a +3 bonus on Swim checks PZO1117
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 PZO1110
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 PZO1140
Penguin Master gains a +3 bonus on Swim checks PZO1140
Petrifern Master gains a +1 natural armor bonus to AC PZO1140
Pig Master gains a +3 bonus on Diplomacy checks PZO1117
Platypus Master gains a +3 bonus on Swim checks PZO1140
Ptarmigan Master gains a +3 bonus on Stealth checks PZO1140
Pufferfish Master gains a +2 bonus on Fortitude saves PPC:FF
Puffin Master gains a +3 bonus on Swim checks PZO1140
Raccoon Master gains a +3 bonus on Sleight of Hand checks PRG:B3
Rat Master gains a +2 bonus on Fortitude saves PZO1110
Raven* Master gains a +3 bonus on Appraise checks PZO1110
Rhamphorhynchus Master gains a +2 bonus on Initiative checks PZO1140
Scorpion, greensting Master gains a +4 bonus on Initiative checks PZO1117
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 PZO1117
Squirrel Master gains a +3 bonus on Sleight of Hand checks PZO1140
Squirrel, flying Master gains a +3 bonus on Fly checks AnA
Thrush* Master gains a +3 bonus on Diplomacy checks PZO1140
Toad Master gains +3 hit points PZO1110
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 PZO1117
Turtle, snapping Master gains a +2 bonus on Fortitude saves PZO1117
Viper Master gains a +3 bonus on Bluff checks PZO1110
Wallaby Master gains a +3 bonus on Acrobatics checks PZO1140
Weasel Master gains a +2 bonus on Reflex saves PZO1110

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

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