Animal

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Animal
A dodo and a crocodile, two very different creatures that are both animals.
(Creature)

Animals are living creatures, predominately vertebrates, of an intelligence lower than that of any person or other humanoid but greater than that of vermin. Unlike beasts, they are incapable of natural speech.[1] There are many different types of animals, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. There also still exist prehistoric creatures classified as megafauna, such as dinosaurs or pterosaurs.[2]

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As companions

Lini and her animal companion Droogami, a snow leopard.

Whether through intense training, magic, spiritual possession or influence, or other supernatural abilities, intelligent creatures can often take an animal as a companion.

In most cases, these animals are trained to perform simple commands or serve as mounts. Among magic users, these animals might also grant their masters certain powers or abilities.[3][4][5][6]

Intelligent animals

See also: Awaken

Awakened animals—those granted intelligence whether by spell or other force—have an intelligence that other animals lack, with some rivaling highly intelligent humanoids.[7][8] Such animals often take on a personality derived from its natural tendencies; large herd animals prone to stampeding, for instance, act as raging barbarians, while stealthy cats behave like rangers or rogues.[8]

References

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  1. Logan Bonner, Jason Bulmahn, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, Mark Seifter, et al. (2019). Bestiary (Second Edition), p. 345. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-170-2
  2. Jesse Benner et al. (2011). Bestiary 3 (First Edition), p. 302. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-378-1
  3. Jason Bulmahn et al. (2009). Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook (1E), p. 51. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-150-3
  4. Jason Bulmahn et al. (2009). Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook (1E), p. 63. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-150-3
  5. Jason Bulmahn et al. (2009). Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook (1E), p. 82. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-150-3
  6. Jason Bulmahn et al. (2009). Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook (1E), p. 98. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-150-3
  7. Jason Bulmahn et al. (2009). Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook (1E), p. 245. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-150-3
  8. 8.0 8.1 Amanda Hamon, Philip Minchin, Jason Nelson, et al. (2013). Animal Archive, p. 22. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-487-7