SRD Talk:Druid's Animal Companion

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Buggy Links[edit]

Alternative animal companions, giant constrictor snake link is fudged. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 04:36, 2 February 2008 (MST). Please sign your posts.

Fixed link. --Dmilewski 08:23, 2 February 2008 (MST)

Death question[edit]

I'm making a Druid NPC, and I was wondering: what happens to the animal companion if the druid dies in combat? Does the companion flee, vanish, keep fighting as it had been, or possibly something else? I've looked around, and I haven't found any information on this, so either I missed it or it isn't here. Can anyone help me with this? Silverkin 13:22, 2 March 2011 (MST)

If nothing else, rule 0. ask the dm how it'll work in that game, if he doesn't know either what he says goes.

Multiclass: Druid & Ranger[edit]

So, druids get animal companions, but so do rangers. Would it be possible for a character to end up with two animal companions, or does the ability just overlap? I could see it going either way. Now, mind, the animal companion is gained only at first level anyway, so this is really an academic question, but I'm curious as to what the general consensus on that is.

-Silverkin 02:41, 18 February 2012 (MST)

New Question[edit]

is there a way to not have an animal companion and get something else compensated for it? If so, could there be links to that?

There are, but most are very poor, as your animal companion is actually quite useful (and exploitable for higher optimization games). Some examples include, in Eberron the Shifter Druid Alternate Class Features (one of the best Druid ACFs ever printed), another is the Shapeshifter variant from PHB II, but that also removes your Wild Shape (and Wild Shape is broken beyond belief, just slightly less than say Polymorph). Druidic Avenger is another (from Unearthed Arcana) and you become a bit of a Barbarian-Druid hybrid; lose Animal Companion, take a penalty on Wild Empathy, lose Diplomacy (but gain Intimidate).
So yes, there are more than that, but those are some examples. Your best option is to Google "3.5 Druid alternate class features" and try to find one that falls roughly into what you want and what your DM will allow. Just remember to make the character first before the optimization and abilities - no one likes bland white bread characters who are just designed to overly excel at their given tasks.
--Argent Fatalis (talk) 07:08, 28 August 2013 (MDT)
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