Party Sidekick

When you use this optional rule, the heroes have the assistance of a GM-controlled ally: a friendly monster, a pet, or some other creature. While one hero might technically be its handler, the party sidekick is an asset to the whole team.

Combat Ally: Just about any creature can be a party sidekick, but it shouldn't be so mighty that the heroes are regularly outshone in battle. The GM includes the sidekick's threat rating in calculations to estimateĀ encounter difficulty.

Advancement: A sidekick begins its career as an unmodified individual of its kind. The GM can enhance the sidekick as the heroes gain levels, using the rules for customizing a monster inĀ Monsters & Treasures.

Player Tip: Beasts are the best sidekicks, because they don't expect a share of the treasure.