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    I would have to say I like having a Megaraptor for an Animal Companion. Mostly because I love dinosaurs and the idea of riding a dinosaur into combat is pretty epic in my opinion.

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    I played a drow storm sorcerer in a 4e game once. He had an Ooze familiar featured in one of the Dragon Magaizines.

    I really liked the concept of a drow who had a familiar that resembled something you'd find in the underdark and was a type of familiar that he could constantly abuse without actually hurting it.

    The ooze worked out well as a scout since it could hide well and move into any place. The drow liked to throw it at things to see if they were dangerous, like magical circles.

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    While it takes investing in Improved Familiar, the humble Imp will remain my favorite Familiar of all time.

    I think the blasted thing was more memorable than any of the other characters, and just thinking about him gives the DM of the time headaches.

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    I can never decide between cat and raven, at least when I'm not putting together a familiar-centric caster. That's why I almost always take the racial sub-level for my changeling wizards.
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    for familiars, I like weasels (ferrets) and a DM once let me have a falcon (+2 will saves)

    for animal companions, I like timber wolves, then panthers (leopard), then white tigers.

    A liger would be cool, especially a dire one.

    If I could ever have a white legendary tiger, I believe I would be set.

    @Kelb: Ever heard of a tressym? (I also like tressyms)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harperfan7 View Post
    for familiars, I like weasels (ferrets) and a DM once let me have a falcon (+2 will saves)

    for animal companions, I like timber wolves, then panthers (leopard), then white tigers.

    A liger would be cool, especially a dire one.

    If I could ever have a white legendary tiger, I believe I would be set.

    @Kelb: Ever heard of a tressym? (I also like tressyms)
    That's the winged cat-thing from FRCS right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelb_Panthera View Post
    That's the winged cat-thing from FRCS right?
    Yep. CG intelligent owl-cats, how cool is that?

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    My favorite is when I turned a T-rex into Godzilla with a draconic graft, Arcane Heirophant, and Fleshwarper to make it Gargantuan.

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    Even though it's in Pathfinder (Our DM is allowing 3.5 D&D material since they're almost completely compatible), my favorite familiars of all time are the fiendish tiny viper named Scourge that I had for my NE manipulator wizard, and the small water elemental I had for my water elemental-bloodline sorceress, named Spritz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Genn Greymane View Post
    While it takes investing in Improved Familiar, the humble Imp will remain my favorite Familiar of all time.
    This. I love my Imp. He's practically a mini-caster in his own right. Opposable thumbs + the ability to speak + wands = awesome.

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    I like the Pseudodragon, myself.
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    Tigers! Rawr!

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    Bears. Brown or Dire.
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    Boars for Companions (and companion familiars)

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    I quite like rats for my familiars. They're cute, they make good sneaks, and the bonus to Fortitude saves is never a bad thing.
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    Normal familiar: Raven
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    Dragon Familir: Sparky my blue wyrmling dragon familiar, he had quite a fun blasting my undead bodyguard. (I had to animate another skeleton after the first session thought)
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    Favorite Normal Familiar: Hummingbird (from DR 323) Since the bonus it provides, +4 to Initiative, appears to be untyped, it should stack with Improved Initiative!

    Favorite Improved Familiar: Bat Swarm (DR 329) ... The pure flavor of this is epic! You have a chittering cloud of bats constantly surrounding you!

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    Familiar: toss up between raven and a small fire elemental
    Companion: Falcon or Dire wolf.

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    Companion: Phrynxkin (sp?) from DLCS. 1st level Pounce. Mmmm.

    Familiar: Winter Wolf via Improved Familiar. I love me some Hexblades.
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    If I could ever have a white legendary tiger, I believe I would be set.
    What about a Golden Tiger

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    Ever heard of a tressym? (I also like tressyms)
    What book is this from? I didn't find it in FRCS.


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    I wonder if anyone has had a liger for an AC...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Petrocorus View Post
    What book is this from? I didn't find it in FRCS.
    It's in the back with the animals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harperfan7 View Post
    (...)for animal companions, I like (...)panthers (leopard), then white tigers.
    I'm also quite attacked to both of these, as one of my favorite characters was a ranger I played who had both over the course of his career.

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    A cat formerly owned by Schrödinger Is it really there?

    Seriously though: Cats 'cos they are simply cool
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    It's in the back with the animals.
    Thanks, finally found them.
    I was looking for a particular entry. They are winged cats, i was thinking they were magical beast, not animals.

    Is there particular rules to take them as familiar? What is the bonus they give?
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    You know what I think is really underrated as a familiar?

    Bears.

    I remember playing NWN2 I had a druid with 0 fighting prowess 0 useful skills other than spot and listen and he only had good ac cause he took 1 level in monk at lvl 30 on the flipside... he got all these animal companion buffs (feats and spells) and funny thing was... He could beat lvl 30 characters in PVP.

    That was damn good bear!

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    Is there particular rules to take them as familiar? What is the bonus they give?
    Beats me. They aren't listed in the Improved Familiar feat list, despite that being in the same book.

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    Beats me. They aren't listed in the Improved Familiar feat list, despite that being in the same book.
    They are animals with 1/2 HD, they could be taken without improved familiar. No?
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    My falcon (hawk statistics). His name is Tristan. Just the right familiar for the noble wizard adventuress which I am.
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