June 9, 2017

Familiars – Cute as a Button

Notes from the Nails: Here's a collection of tiny creatures who just want to be friends!

Extended Familiars

By tradition, familiars take the forms of beasts, but we have decided to break away from that to offer some stat blocks based on non-beast creature types. At the end of the day, a familiar is an extraplanar spirit in the shape of a beast, so why not let them take the shapes of constructs, undead or fey?

Cute as a Button

Okay, I know I just said familiars don't have to be beasts. It's not my fault that there are so many cute little critters missing from the Monster Manual! Each of these tries to do something different and while they might not be all that powerful I'm sure there are some interesting tricks or combos you can come up with to unlock their full potential...

Arctic Fox
Tiny beast, unaligned

Armor Class 12
Hit Points 2 (1d4)
Speed 40 ft.

STRDEXCONINTWISCHA
4 (-3)15 (+2)11 (+0)3 (-4)12 (+1)7 (-2)

Skills Perception +3, Stealth +4
Senses passive Perception 13
Languages -
Challenge 0 (10 XP)

Keen Hearing and Sight. The fox has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on hearing or sight.

Snow Camouflage. The fox has advantage on Dexterity (Stealth) checks made to hide in snowy terrain.

Actions

Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +0 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 1 piercing damage.


Chicken
Tiny beast, unaligned

Armor Class 11
Hit Points 2 (1d4)
Speed 25 ft., fly 25 ft.

STRDEXCONINTWISCHA
3 (-4)12 (+1)10 (+0)2 (-4)12 (+1)6 (-2)

Senses passive Perception 11
Languages -
Challenge 0 (10 XP)

Egg Layer. Once per day, the chicken can lay an egg, which provides enough food to sustain one Medium humanoid for the day.

Actions

Beak. Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 1 piercing damage.


Moth
Tiny beast, unaligned

Armor Class 11
Hit Points 1 (1d4 - 1)
Speed 5 ft., fly 20 ft.

STRDEXCONINTWISCHA
1 (-5)13 (+1)8 (-1)2 (-4)11 (+0)3 (-4)

Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 10
Languages -
Challenge 0 (0 XP)

Dusty Wings. The moth has advantage on any ability check to avoid or escape being grappled, or to resist or overcome the restrained condition.


Penguin
Tiny beast, unaligned

Armor Class 9 (12 when underwater)
Hit Points 3 (1d4 + 1)
Speed 20 ft., swim 60 ft.

STRDEXCONINTWISCHA
3 (-4)8 (-1)12 (+1)2 (-4)13 (+1)9 (-1)

Senses passive Perception 11
Languages -
Challenge 0 (10 XP)

Huddle. If two or more penguins are within 5 feet of each other, the penguins gain resistance to cold damage.

Underwater Charge. If the penguin moves at least 30 feet straight toward a target and then hits it with a beak attack on the same turn, the target takes an extra 3 (1d6) piercing damage. In addition, the penguin's Dexterity score increases to 14 while it is underwater.

Actions

Beak. Melee Weapon Attack: +1 to hit (+4 when underwater), reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 1 piercing damage.


Pet Rock
Tiny elemental, unaligned

Armor Class 15 (natural armor)
Hit Points 5 (1d4 + 3)
Speed 0 ft.

STRDEXCONINTWISCHA
1 (-5)1 (-5)16 (+3)1 (-5)5 (-3)1 (-5)

Damage Vulnerability thunder
Damage Immunities necrotic, poison, psychic
Damage Resistances fire, lightning, radiant; bludgeoning, piercing and slashing from nonmagical weapons
Condition Immunities charmed, exhausted, frightened, paralyzed, petrified, poisoned, prone, unconscious
Senses passive Perception 5
Languages -
Challenge 0 (0 XP)

False Appearance. The pet rock is indistinguishable from an ordinary rock with a face drawn on it.

Just a Rock. The pet rock counts as an object for the purposes of spells such as magic stone.


Porcupine Fish
Tiny beast, unaligned

Armor Class 12
Hit Points 2 (1d4)
Speed 0 ft., swim 35 ft.

STRDEXCONINTWISCHA
2 (-4)14 (+2)10 (+0)1 (-5)8 (-1)2 (-4)

Damage Resistances poison
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 9
Languages -
Challenge 0 (10 XP)

Water Breathing. The porcupine fish can breathe only underwater.

Actions

Toxic Spines. Melee Weapon Attack: +0 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 1 piercing damage plus 1 poison damage.


Winter Wolf Pup
Tiny monstrosity, neutral evil

Armor Class 13 (natural armor)
Hit Points 2 (1d4)
Speed 40 ft.

STRDEXCONINTWISCHA
5 (-3)12 (+1)11 (+0)4 (-3)12 (+1)7 (-2)

Damage Resistance cold
Skills Perception +3, Stealth +3
Senses passive Perception 13
Languages -
Challenge 0 (10 XP)

Snow Camouflage. The pup has advantage on Dexterity (Stealth) checks made to hide in snowy terrain.

Actions

Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +0 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 1 piercing damage.


25 comments:

  1. that pet rock is brilliant *twiddles moustache menaically*

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    1. It is undeniably a favourite among the digits.
      ^___^

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    2. Makes me miss Petra the pebble golem. She was a tiny golem made of pebbles that our mage acquired during an adventure a while back.

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    3. So familiars can deliver touch attacks. If you cast your touch attack and throw the rock...?

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    4. Maybe? For most things it would take your action to throw the rock, so you wouldn't be able to cast a spell at the same time. I'm sure it would do 1d4 bludgeoning damage on a hit, though!

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    5. Yeah, basically. If you tricked someone into touching your rock, you could then cast a spell at them, but that's probably more effort than it's worth...

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    6. I'm not sure. With something like vampiric touch, it could actually be pretty good- sort of turn the rock into a cursed item to transfer life from someone to you.
      Hmm... Gonna use that in my campaign and see what happens.

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    7. Just let the rogue slide that pet rock into an enemies pocket and enjoy the mayhem.

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  2. I'm not sure statistics are really necessary for critters like these (most of them are not really that much of an addition), but more familiar options are great (and cute).

    I laughed for like 5 minutes when I saw the pet rock XD

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    1. If it makes people laugh, I'd say it's worth it, even if it's not strictly *necessary*.

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  3. What about spiders or is the list going to get bigger.

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    1. Spiders are already represented in the MM.

      I *do* have more of these posts in store for the future, though.

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  4. The pet rock seems a little OP. I mean what sentient being can have all those immunities?

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    1. You're being sarcastic, right?

      It's a rock! It can't move, and cannot perform any actions. If that's OP, everything else here is too!

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    2. I believe that you just got trolled, my friend XD

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    3. Except that's not entirely correct, Nails. As all six of its ability scores are above 0, it's perfectly capable of performing any typical action that the rest of its statblock doesn't disallow, and NONE of its statblock disallows any regular actions. In fact, considering that it being a rock is called out as a "False Appearance", thus calling out the Pet Rock as NOT actually a rock, NOTHING about it says - or even implies - that the Pet Rock is unable to take actions.

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    4. But with 0 ft. movement and no attacks or spells, the only actions it can take are Help, Hide, Search, and Use Object. Of those, only Help or Use Object could conceivably be of any use, so that seems like a fair balance for its defensive strengths.

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  5. I near died when i saw pet rock xD

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  6. Aw yeah wolf puppy time to fluff and destroy anyone with literal meteors if they atack the puppy.

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  7. I'm disappointed there's not Starfish on this list. Unless that would be more of an "Underwater Familiar's" theme.

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    1. Honestly, it never occurred to me. I totally could do an underwater pack, though...

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    2. Seahorse, Starfish, Pufferfish, Goldfish obviously, Jellyfish... Iunno, I'm just thinking of what I'd pick as an underwater familiar. I approve of an Underwater pack regardless.

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    3. Well, seahorses are already in the MM and there's a pufferfish here (under the more technical name, Porcupine Fish). I'm not sure how I'd make a goldfish unique, but Jellyfish is good. I'd probably make that one the one that's a higher CR.

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  8. Wait a minute. If the Pet Rock counts as a rock for the purpose of spells, does that mean it could be used as raw material for Fabricate? I mean, that's not really something I want to think about that much, but that's also kind of interesting, and definitely something worth pondering.

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    1. Technically I suppose it does, but that's some exceptionally evil thinking. Especially when you consider that lumps of non-sentient rock are plentiful and free almost everywhere.

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