[RPG] Unicorn Divine Bond Mount for a Paladin: How to get one


So, I'm experiencing some confusion which is likely a result of a lack of original sources for the feats and features involved.

  • Level 11 Paladin
  • Divine Bond chosen to be a mount.
  • At level 11, Paladin's Divine Bond Mount is given the celestial creature simple template and becomes a magical beast for the purposes of determining which spells affect it (may be relevant).
  • Has the choice of whatever feats are necessary to make this happen.

The feats I suspect that I may need are any to all of the below:

  • Monstrous Mount
  • Monstrous Companion
  • Leadership

The Unicorn is:

So, my questions are:

  • Is it possible to use these three feats in some combination to make Unicorn an available Divine Bond option?
  • If not, is it possible with other feats and if so which other feats are necessary?

I want to emphasize that I want the Unicorn to be my Divine Bond animal (i.e. an Animal Companion). Simply purchasing a Unicorn on the black market is not a valid answer to this question.

Best Answer

You can't.

The second type of bond allows a paladin to gain the service of an unusually intelligent, strong, and loyal steed to serve her in her crusade against evil. This mount is usually a heavy horse (for a Medium paladin) or a pony (for a Small paladin), although more exotic mounts, such as a boar, camel, or dog are also suitable. This mount functions as a druid's animal companion, using the paladin's level as her effective druid level. Bonded mounts have an Intelligence of at least 6.

The enhancement at level 11 adds the celestial creature simple template and "becomes a magical beast for the purposes of determining which spells affect it."

The Monstrous Mount feat can give you something a little cooler than this, but of the mounts listed, unicorn is not one. The options listed there are:

  • Griffon
  • Hippogriff
  • Hippocampus
  • Worg

Monstrous Companion also gives you access to a companion which is monstrous, but again unicorn is not listed there.

Leadership can grant you a cohort in addition to your animal companion, but doesn't modify your divine bond class feature .

This does not mean you can pick a celestial creature or magical beast, only that the bond you already have (since level 5 when you chose to take a steed) becomes a magical beast.

Without GM fiat, there is no way to gain a unicorn as your divine bond mount (and I think most unicorns would be quite offended by the notion that they are mere beasts of burden, to be mounted and ridden upon by men, for noble purposes or otherwise!).

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