Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Buddies and Pets for 5E

I recently purchased the 5E Essentials Kit boxed set to play with my kids. It allows for the PCs to have sidekicks if you have a small party of only like 1 or 2 PCs. Provided are stat blocks and leveling rules for three sidekick types: Expert, Warrior, and Spellcaster.

I think this is a cool idea, but I wanted to provide more options, so here is the list I allowed them to choose from, which generally consists of CR 1/8 or 1/4 entries.
  1. Aarakocra (MM 12)
  2. Axe Beak (MM 317)
  3. Blink Dog (MM 318)
  4. Blood Hawk (MM 319)
  5. Boar (MM 319) 
  6. Bullywug (MM 35)
  7. Camel (MM 320)
  8. Constrictor Snake (MM 320)
  9. Dretch (MM 57)
  10. Duodrone (MM 225)
  11. Flumph (MM 135)
  12. Flying Snake (MM 322)
  13. Giant Badger (MM 323)
  14. Giant Bat (MM 323)
  15. Giant Centipede (MM 323)
  16. Giant Crab (MM 324)
  17. Giant Frog (MM 325)
  18. Giant Lizard (MM 326)
  19. Giant Rat (MM 327)
  20. Giant Weasel (MM 329)
  21. Giant Wolf Spider (MM 330)
  22. Goblin (MM 166)
  23. Grimlock (MM 175)
  24. Kenku (MM 194)
  25. Kobold (MM 195)
  26. Kuo-Toa (MM 199)
  27. Manes (MM 60)
  28. Mastiff (MM 332)
  29. Monodrone (MM 224)
  30. Needle Blight (MM 32)
  31. Panther (MM 333) 
  32. Pixie* (MM 253)
  33. Poisonous Snake (MM 334)
  34. Pony (MM 335)
  35. Pseudodragon (MM 254)
  36. Pteranodon (MM 80)
  37. Riding Horse (MM 336) 
  38. Skeleton (MM 272)
  39. Slaad Tadpole (MM 276)
  40. Smoke Mephit (MM 217)
  41. Stirge (MM 284)
  42. Wolf (MM 341)
  43. Zombie (MM 316)
A mastiff and a blink dog were chosen.


  1. You're missing out on the best part of these rules... RAW, a Young Kruthik (a spider-like monstrosity with an Int score of 4) would technically be a viable option for a Spellcaster-type sidekick, since in it its stat block it does speak a language (Kruthik). If you're not playing a sidekick game with your party wizard taking on an Int 4 spider monster as an apprentice then idk what the point is lmao

    1. Sounds cool. What book is the kruthik in for 5E? I have heard of them since 4E.

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