Quote Originally Posted by Elkad View Post
Sure. Tiny Familiar blocks small or medium barbarian. Large barbarian overruns it.
Just don't pick a bat or toad and you are good vs a half-orc or other normal-sized race.

If he's large, you'll have to blow a feat for a blink dog or something I guess.
I did just mention a Wizard can trade familiar for AC. A medium creature more than suffices (and doesn't cost XP to boot). Wild Cohort likewise. But failproofing Initiative sounds better to me.