D&D 3.5 – Animal Companion / Familiar Character Sheets
Posted by Ronny
on February 16, 2013
This is a character sheet for animal companions and familiars for Dungeons and Dragons Lite.
This is a multi-layer PDF file. When you open it, it will be unreadable until you turn off some of the layers. To use it simply turn off all of the layers except for those that contain the information you desire.
1) For a blank sheet – turn off all of the layers except for the “Sheet” layer.
2) Turn on the layer “Animal Companion – Wolf” for a ready-to-play wolf animal companion.
2) Turn on the layer “Familiar-Rat” for an almost ready-to-play rat familiar. It has the information filled in for a normal rat, but you will need to adjust its statistics based on your player character’s as explained in the 3.5 Players’ Handbook.
Please let me know if you discover any mistakes, or if you think I should have created these differently.
UPDATE: There is now a fillable version of this popular file – Find it on this post: Animal Companion / Familiar Character Sheets – Fillable
UPDTATE 2: By request – you can now download a completely blank version (no layers) for those of you who prefer to print out a bloak sheet and fill it in by hand. Click on this link animal-sheet-blank
Be nice if you could type on these.
You can! Download the PDF file and turn off all of the layers except for the “Sheet” layer. Then you will have a blank sheet that you can print out. You can type on that.
Perhaps I don’t understand your comment. Let me know if this doesn’t address your concern.
I was hoping for one you could edit on the computer. My friend gave my one for a character but it doesn’t have a section for companion/familar on it.
Note that what I am recommending below will not work with earlier versions of Adobe Reader. This requires the latest version (Adobe Reader XI) you can download it here:
Open the PDF file in Adobe Reader. You can refer to the wolf and the rat layers as examples of how to fill out the sheet. Then turn off all of the layers except for the “Sheet” layer. Under the Comments tab, in the Annotations section, select Add Text Comment. You can then type whatever information you want, whatever you want, with any font at any size. You can save this with everything filled in (I recommend saving it as a different file name). You can save a separate file for each of your animal companions and you can easily revise the information if it changes.
Let me know if this works for you. Good luck.
I have added a fillable version. Follow the link added to the last line of the original post.
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It sure would be nice to have a blank to print without all the -5 in the ability modifers and skills
Just download the origional sheet (not the “fillable” version) and turn off all of the layers except for the “Sheet” layer.
How do you close the layers?
There are several free PDF file viewer’s that can turn layers off and on, including “Adobe Acrobat Reader”, but my favorite is “PDF-XChange Viewer.” You can download it from here:
Open the file named “animal-sheet.pdf” in “PDF-XChange Viewer” and you will see all of the text displayed on top of each other. Click on the icon at the bottom that in this viewer looks like a jigsaw puzzle piece to open the list of layers. Then click on the little light bulb beside each layer you want to turn off. (Adobe Acrobat Reader uses little eyes instead of light bulbs, but it does the same thing.)
I added a couple of images to the post above to help explain.
Would it be possible for you to just link a BLANK sheet and separate the other two. Your explanation how to close layers was confusing, I found nothing that looked like a jigsaw puzzle piece and nothing showing any kind of layering. I am confused as to WHY you wouldn’t have done that in the first place.
That is an excellent question. I suppose it seamed like a good idea at the time. Thanks to your suggestion, I have now included a BLANK sheet. Look at the bottom of the original post and you will find a link to it.
P.S. I knew that some people would have trouble with layers due to them being uncommon, and the variety of different PDF viewers in use. What I didn’t anticipate was the popularity of these animal companion character sheets. I would like to thank you and all of the others that have downloaded them. I hope they are or some value to you in your games. Please let me know if the new blank sheet works for you, and I would like to know about your animal companion, your character, the other characters in your group, and your game in general.
Thank you for the sheet. Much appreciated!
You are welcome. I am glad that you like it.
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pretty good attempt. I noticed that you didn’t have all the skills for the familiar…?
familiars have the same number of ranks in any skill that their master has. so that needs to be changed. and as they level up they get ranks of their own as they are considered magical beasts. so instead of having only a misc modifier to adjust the skills they need to have a rank column and a master rank column, for every skill.
also there should at least be one box for a misc. modifier on the familiars AC. possibly even as many modifier boxes as a normal character has
I left off the skills I didn’t think they would use. I can’t see a familiar using Diplomacy, Appraise, Bluff, Concentration, Decipher Script, Disable Device, Disguise, Forgery, Gather Information, Handle Animal, Heal, Intimidate, Open Lock, Ride, Sense Motive, Sleight of Hand, Spellcraft, Tumble, Use Magic Device, Use Rope, or Knowledge. Of course, you could always use a regular Player Character sheet for your familiar. My idea was to keep the sheet as simple as possible. Feel free to create a new sheet based on this one that includes all of the additional fields you think it should have. If you do, please make it available to others free on-line and send me a link, or send me a copy and I will post it and add a link to it here.
Thank you for taking the time to comment on this. Your observations all have merit, but I won’t be changing this at this time.
hey, first time to your site and awesome companion sheet 🙂 very useful for the game im plotting, although i noticed a typo on the companion sheet, you flipped Con and Dex, not sure if this was intentional or not, i just thought to bring it up 🙂
I created this sheet for “3.5-Light”, a set of house rules that simplified the 3.5 edition of D&D. I no longer support those rules. I suggest you use the Animal Companion sheet I made for 5th edition, or the one I posted for Pathfinder, if you are playing that. Here are the links:
For 5th edition: