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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. B4
Armadillo Master gains a +1 natural armor bonus to AC AnA
Bat Master gains a +3 bonus on Fly checks CRB
Cat Master gains a +3 bonus on Stealth checks CRB
Centipede, house Master gains a +3 bonus on Stealth checks UM
Chicken Master gains +3 hit points FF
Compsognathus Master gains a +4 bonus on Initiative checks B2
Crab, king Master gains a +2 bonus on CMB checks to start and maintain a grapple UM
Dodo Master gains a +4 bonus on Initiative checks B4
Dolphin Master gains a +3 bonus on Swim checks FF
Donkey rat Master gains a +2 bonus on Fortitude saves UM
Dwarf caiman Master gains a +3 bonus on Stealth checks AP55
Ermine Master gains a +2 bonus on Reflex saves RWPG
Fox Master gains a +2 bonus on Reflex saves 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 AP55
Goat Master gains a +3 bonus on Survival checks 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 CRB
Hedgehog Master gains a +2 bonus on Will saves UM
Ioun Wyrd Master gains a +1 natural armor bonus to AC FF
Kakapo Master gains a +3 bonus on Climb checks FF
Koala Master gains a +3 bonus on Climb checks FF
Lemming Master gains a +2 bonus on Fortitude saves RWPG
Leopard slug Master gains a +3 bonus on Climb checks FF
Lizard Master gains a +3 bonus on Climb checks 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 FF
Mongoose (use weasel statistics) Master gains a +2 bonus on Fortitude saves Blog
Monkey Master gains a +3 bonus on Acrobatics checks CRB
Octopus, blue-ringed Master gains a +3 bonus on Swim checks UM
Osprey (use hawk statistics) Master gains a +3 bonus on Survival checks Blog
Otter Master gains a +3 bonus on Swim checks B3
Owl Master gains a +3 bonus on sight-based and opposed Perception checks in shadows or darkness CRB
Parrot* (use raven statistics) Master gains a +3 bonus on Linguistics checks Blog
Peacock Master gains a +3 bonus on Intimidate checks FF
Penguin Master gains a +3 bonus on Swim checks FF
Petrifern Master gains a +1 natural armor bonus to AC FF
Pig Master gains a +3 bonus on Diplomacy checks UM
Platypus Master gains a +3 bonus on Swim checks AnA
Ptarmigan Master gains a +3 bonus on Stealth checks RWPG
Pufferfish Master gains a +2 bonus on Fortitude saves FF
Puffin Master gains a +3 bonus on Swim checks RWPG
Raccoon Master gains a +3 bonus on Sleight of Hand checks B3
Rat Master gains a +2 bonus on Fortitude saves CRB
Raven* Master gains a +3 bonus on Appraise checks CRB
Rhamphorhynchus Master gains a +2 bonus on Initiative checks AP37
Scorpion, greensting Master gains a +4 bonus on Initiative checks UM
Sea krait (use viper statistics) Master gains a +2 bonus on Fortitude saves Blog
Seal Master gains a +3 bonus on Swim checks AP55
Skunk Master gains a +2 bonus on Fortitude saves AnA
Sloth Master gains a +3 bonus on Climb checks. 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 UM
Squirrel Master gains a +3 bonus on Sleight of Hand checks AnA
Squirrel, flying Master gains a +3 bonus on Fly checks AnA
Thrush* Master gains a +3 bonus on Diplomacy checks UM
Toad Master gains +3 hit points CRB
Toucan (use raven statistics; cannot speak) Master gains a +3 bonus on Diplomacy checks Blog
Tuatara Master gains a +3 bonus on Survival checks. B4
Turtle Master gains a +1 natural armor bonus to AC UM
Turtle, snapping Master gains a +2 bonus on Fortitude saves UM
Viper Master gains a +3 bonus on Bluff checks CRB
Wallaby Master gains a +3 bonus on Acrobatics checks FF
Weasel Master gains a +2 bonus on Reflex saves CRB

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

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