Improved Familiar

( Complete Scoundrel, p. 78)


You can acquire a new familiar from a nonstandard list of creatures.


Ability to acquire a new familiar, compatible alignment, sufficiently high arcane spellcaster level,


When you choose a familiar, the creatures on the table below are also available. You can choose a familiar with an alignment up to one step away on each of the alignment axes (lawful through chaotic,good through evil). For example, a chaotic good spellcaster could acquire a neutral familiar. A lawful neutral spellcaster could acquire a neutral good familiar.

Except as noted here, improved familiars otherwise use the normal rules for familiars (PH 52).

Familiar Alignment Caster Level
Monstrous centipede, Small N 2nd
Badger N 3rd
Monstrous scorpion, Small N 3rd
Viper, Medium N 3rd
Monstrous spider, Small N 4th
Vargouille* NE 6th
Mephit, any N 7th
  • Vargouilles summoned as familiars do not possess the kiss supernatural ability.


This feat was originally presented on page 200 of the DMG; the description here provides new alternatives for arcane spellcasters who want familiars stealthy and versatile enough to follow them anywhere.

Also appears in

  1. Complete Warrior
  2. Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting
  3. Player's Guide to Faerûn
  4. Races of Faerûn
  5. Serpent Kingdoms
  6. Tome and Blood: A Guidebook to Wizards and Sorcerers

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