When you tame a beast in Riders of Icarus, you have a choice: keep the beast as a mount, or use seals to turn the beast into a pet or, as it’s formally called, a familiar. Familiars are indispensible in combat, and you’ll want to choose the right familiar for your class and situation.

To get you started, we’ve put together some excellent familiar picks for each class. As a reminder, elite versions of beasts typically have tougher taming conditions, so be careful!

Physical Familiars

Guardian Familiars

Defensive buffs come in extra handy for Guardians, with damage buffs (to help finish the fight faster) a close second. Cat-like creatures and birds of prey tend to be a good pick.

  • Caldera Firebeak (Elite)

    • (Active Buff) Bird of Prey: Physical Attack increased by 5.00%

    • (Passive Buff) Scared Bird of Prey: Increase Magic Defense by 30.00% for 20 sec.

  • Skar (Elite)

    • (Active Buff) Sharp Claws: Increases Physical Critical Damage by 20 for 20 sec

    • (Passive Buff) Feline Vitality: Health increased by 3.00%

  • Al-Shai (Elite)

    • (Active Buff) Sharp Claws: Increases Physical Critical Damage by 20 for 20 sec.

    • (Passive Buff) Feline Vitality: Health increased by 3.00%

Berserker Familiars

Berserkers are all about in-your-face damage, so their familiars should help them finish the fight as fast as possible. A little extra health never hurts too.

  • Pritsha the Cannibal (Elite)

    • (Active Buff) Piercing Howl: Increases Physical Critical Rate by 5.00% for 20 sec.

    • (Passive Buff) Lupine Vitality: Health increased by 2.00%.

  • Leorid (Common)

    • (Active Buff)  Raging Roar : Increases Attack Speed by 30.00% for 10sec

    • (Passive Buff) Brilliant Aura: Health increased by 5.00%.

  • Albino Ashtail (Elite)

    • (Active Buff) Bird of Prey: Physical Attack increased by 5.00%

    • (Passive Buff) Scared Bird of Prey: Increase Magic Defense by 30.00% for 20 sec.

Assassin Familiars

Assassin abilities emphasize critical damage, so beasts that boost up their crit percentage and damage are natural assassin familiars.

  • Ruby Bloodwyrm(Elite)

    • (Active Buff) Warface: Increases Physical Critical Damage by 20 for 20 sec.

    • (Passive Buff) Combat Fury: Physical Attack increased by 5.00%

  • Fenris (Elite)

    • (Active Buff) Piercing Howl: Increases Physical Critical Rate by 5.00% for 20 sec.

    • (Passive Buff) Lupine Vitality: Health increased by 2.00%.

  • Ruby Bloodwyrm(Elite)

    • (Active Buff) Warface: Increases Physical Critical Damage by 20 for 20 sec.

    • (Passive Buff) Combat Fury: Physical Attack increased by 5.00%

Magical Familiars

Wizard Familiars

Faster direct damage and mana recovery are the name of the game for Wizards, so tankier pets that provide these buffs are best.

  • Baranosaurus (Elite)

    • (Active Buff) Spirit Shout: Increases Mana by 20% for 30 sec.

    • (Passive Buff) Ancient Soul: Magic Defense by 5.00%.

  • Yvoke (Elite)

    • (Active Buff) Mystic Cry: Increases Magic Attack by 20.00% for 30 sec.

    • (Passive Buff) Dignified Guard: Physical Defense increased by 5.00%.

  • Taslan the Devourer (Elite)

    • (Active Buff) Arachnid Soul: Increases Mana by 15% for 20 sec.

    • (Passive Buff) Arachnid Spirt: Magic Attack increased by 5.00%.

    • (Passive Buff) Ancient Arachnid Spirt: Cooldown decreased by 10%.

  • Windrunner (Elite)

    • (Active Buff) Mystic Cry: Increases Magic Attack by 20.00% for 30 sec.

    • (Passive Buff) Dignified Guard: Physical Defense increased by 5.00%.

Priest Familiars

Priests aren’t as mobile as Wizards (who have a short-range teleport), so defensive pets that provide health and physical defense benefits, with a little magic attack and crit damage on the side, are always a welcome addition.

  • Scalleda  (Elite)

    • (Active Buff) Mystic Cry: Increases Magic Attack by 20.00% for 30 sec.

    • (Passive Buff) Dignified Guard: Physical Defense increased by 5.00%.

  • Magma hound (Elite)

    • (Active Buff) Hounds Roar: Increases Magic Attack by 20.00% for 20 sec.

    • (Passive Buff) Infernal Might: Magic Defense increased by 3.00%.

  • Blue Bloodwyrm (Elite)

    • (Active Buff) Draconic Knowledge: Increases Magic Critical Damage by 20 for 20 sec.

    • (Passive Buff) Feral Magic: Magic Attack increased by 5.00%

  • Frost Spider (Elite)

    • (Active Buff) Arachnid Soul: Increases Mana by 15% for 20 sec.

    • (Passive Buff) Arachnid Spirt: Magic Attack increased by 5.00%

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Last Updated: Jul 22, 2016

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