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    Monster Cohorts

    The Leadership feat allows a character to gain a loyal cohort. With the GM’s approval, this cohort can be a similarly aligned monster rather than a humanoid with the appropriate number of class levels.

    Monsters on the following list all work well as cohorts (be they assassins, bodyguards, mounts, etc.)—their effective cohort “level” corresponds to the level available to the PC as afforded by his Leadership score.

    A monster cohort gains experience points as if it were a character of its cohort level, and when it gains enough XP to advance a level, it should generally gain a key class level (fighter is often the best choice for most cohorts). You can use the monsters on the following table as guidelines when determining effective cohort levels for monsters not on this list.

    Level Monster
    4 Blink dog
    5 Azer
    5 Ghoul
    5 Worg
    6 Giant eagle
    6 Kech
    6 Pegasus
    6 Sasquatch
    6 Skeletal champion
    7 Contemplative
    7 Phantom armor, guardian
    7 Shriezyx
    7 Shulsaga
    7 Snallygaster
    7 Giant vulture
    7 Hell hound
    7 Hound archon
    7 Howler
    7 Satyr
    7 Shae
    8 Fossegrim
    8 Sea cat
    8 Shobhad
    8 Giant owl
    8 Aranea
    8 Griffon
    8 Pixie
    8 Shadow mastiff
    8 Tanuki
    8 Unicorn
    9 Huldra
    9 Phantom armor, giant
    9 Saguaroi
    9 Leucrotta
    9 Manticore
    9 Sabosan
    10 Swan Maiden
    10 Derhii
    10 Dragonne
    10 Redcap
    10 Wyvern
    11 Owb
    11 Ahuizotl
    11 Babau (demon)
    11 Bralani (azata)
    11 Drider
    11 Maftet
    12 Svartalfar
    13 Nependis
    13 Vanth (psychopomp)
    13 Kirin
    13 Nephilim
    14 Adlet
    14 Axiomite
    14 Shedu
    15 Avoral
    15 Ettin
    16 Blood hag
    16 Dragon horse
    16 Erinyes (devil)
    16 Garuda
    16 Sleipnir
    17 Xanthos
    17 Leonal
    18 Stone giant
    Special* Young dragon
    * A young dragon's effective cohort level equals its CR + 8. Dragon cohorts do not advance via aging as normal dragons do, but by gaining class levels (typically in fighter or sorcerer).