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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 complete rules on using familiars.

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

    Table: Familiars and Special Abilities

    Familiar Special Ability Source
    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
    Compsognathus Master gains a +4 bonus on Initiative checks CRB
    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 AP55
    Donkey rat Master gains a +2 bonus on Fortitude saves UM
    Dwarf caiman Master gains a +3 bonus on Stealth checks AP55
    Fox Master gains a +2 bonus on Reflex saves UM
    Giant Isopod Master gains a +1 natural armor bonus to AC AP55
    Goat Master gains a +3 bonus on Survival checks UM
    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
    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
    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
    Pig Master gains a +3 bonus on Diplomacy checks UM
    Platypus Master gains a +3 bonus on Swim checks AnA
    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
    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
    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
    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