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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