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Familiars

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Hero Guardians

Huntanimusicon
Hero Animi

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Survival Rewards

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Challenge Rewards

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Achievement Rewards

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Exclusive Pets

Pet Progression

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Familiars can be leveled up and customized. They also have variable growth rates. At level 1, all pets appear to be relatively small in size. As players level their pets, some may grow very large in size, whilst others may remain relatively small. However, differences in pet size bear no functional difference.

There are two ways of progressing your pet's level; through direct mana investment, or via earned gameplay experience (PC Only).

Investment

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By accessing a pet's information screen, players can gain pet upgrade levels by spending mana on investments towards the pet itself. Mana spent towards pet upgrades is taken from a collective pool of mana shared across all hero characters.

Experience

On the PC version, a familiar present for a wave gains 100% of its hero's gained experience (XP) as free invested mana.

Unlocking Pets

Several pets will not be available for sale at a player's Tavern Shop until the player has completed all the particular requirements in order to unlock the pet. Players must all note that even after completing a pet's unlock conditions, it may not immediately be available for sale at the Tavern Shop.

The chance of an unlocked pet being available for sale at the tavern shop is dependent on its rarity.

Rarity

A general guide to the rarity of finding a familiar in your Tavern Shop:

Campaign Completion Pets

These Familiars become available after defeating the Ancient Dragon in The Summit on various difficulties.

Hero Guardians

These Familiars do not deal damage to enemies. Instead, their Defense Boost stat offers various enhancing effects for a hero's defenses.  Defenses boosted by a gaurdian will have a pink starburst corresponding to the pink starburst on the gaurdians hands.

Apprentice Guardian
Appguardicon
Rarity Special Platforms
Unique Improves the damage of one or more nearby hero defenses. PC/Console/Mobile
Where
Complete The Summit on easy/normal/hard difficulty as an Apprentice or Adept
Huntress Guardian
Huntguardicon
Rarity Special Platforms
Unique Improves the attack speed of one or more nearby hero defenses. PC/Console/Mobile
Where
Complete The Summit on easy/normal/hard difficulty as a Huntress or Ranger
Monk Guardian
Monkguardicon
Rarity Special Platforms
Unique Improves the attack range of one or more nearby hero defenses. PC/Console/Mobile
Where
Complete The Summit on easy/normal/hard difficulty as a Monk or Initiate
Squire Guardian
Squireguardicon
Rarity Special Platforms
Unique Improves the damage resistance of one or more nearby hero defenses. PC/Console/Mobile
Where
Complete The Summit on easy/normal/hard difficulty as a Squire, Countess, or Barbarian

Hero Animi

These familiars can only be equipped by their corresponding hero class (e.g. an Apprentice/Adept can only equip the Apprentice Animus).

Note: Barbarian uses squire Animus, Series EV uses Apprentice and Huntress Animus, and Jester can use all Animus.

Apprentice Animus
Appanimusicon
Rarity Special Platforms
Ultra-Unique Fires heroic arrows, which become stronger based on your hero's attack rating. PC/Console/Mobile
Where
Complete The Summit on Insane and Nightmare difficulty as an Apprentice
Huntress Animus
Huntanimusicon
Rarity Special Platforms
Ultra-Unique Fires heroic arrows, which become stronger based on your hero's attack rating. PC/Console/Mobile
Where
Complete The Summit on Insane and Nightmare difficulty as a Huntress
Monk Animus
Monkanimusicon
Rarity Special Platforms
Ultra-Unique Fires heroic arrows, which become stronger based on your hero's attack rating. PC/Console/Mobile
Where
Complete The Summit on Insane and Nightmare difficulty as a Monk
Squire Animus
Squireanimusicon
Rarity Special Platforms
Ultra-Unique Fires heroic arrows, which become stronger based on your hero's attack rating. PC/Console/Mobile
Where
Complete The Summit on Insane and Nightmare difficulty as a Squire

Survival Reward Pets

These Familiars become available after reaching Wave 15 of a particular campaign level. When deciding to skip waves on the PC, players must start on at least Wave 13 to receive the corresponding Survival Reward Pet. A familiar will be awarded to each player upon reaching Wave 15 and will be awarded each time it is reached.

Griffon
Griffonicon
Rarity Special Platforms
Common Splash lightning damage up to 3 projectiles. PC/Console/Mobile
Where
Reach wave 15 of The Deeper Well on Survival/Pure Strategy
Steam Robot
Steam Robot
Rarity Special Platforms
Uncommon Physical melee AoE damage. PC/Console
Where
Reach wave 15 of Foundries and Forges on Survival/Pure Strategy
Serpent
Serpenticon
Rarity Special Platforms
Uncommon Splash poison ranged damage up to 3 bolts PC/Console/Mobile
Where
Reach wave 15 of Magus Quarters on Survival/Pure Strategy
Laser Robot
Laser Robot
Rarity Special Platforms
Uncommon Shoots laser beams from its eyes that pierce enemies and walls PC/Console
Where
Reach wave 15 of Alchemical Laboratory or The Throne Room on Survival/Pure Strategy
Hamster
Hamstericon
Rarity Special Platforms
Rare Fires multiple arrows dealing physical damage PC/Console
Where
Reach wave 15 of Glitterhelm Caverns or Servants Quarters on Survival/Pure Strategy
Tiger
Minitiger
Rarity Special Platforms
Common Physical melee damage that causes knockback PC/Console/Mobile
Where
Reach wave 15 of Castle Armory on Survival/Pure Strategy
Genie
Genieicon
Rarity Special Platforms
Rare Gives mana based on physical damage done PC/Console/Mobile
Where
Reach wave 15 of Hall of Court on Survival/Pure Strategy
Fairy
Fairy Icon
Rarity Special Platforms
Rare Heals nearby players much like the Medic PC/Console/Mobile
Where
PC: Reach wave 15 of Royal Gardens on Survival/Pure Strategy;
Consoles: Reach wave 15 of Pure Strategy/Survival on Mistymire Forest
Hawk
Hawkicon
Rarity Special Platforms
Common Physical ranged damage PC/Console/Mobile
Where
Reach wave 15 of The Ramparts on Survival/Pure Strategy
Imp
Impicon
Rarity Special Platforms
Rare Repairs nearby towers, much like the Engineer PC/Console/Mobile
Where
Reach wave 15 of Endless Spires on Survival/Pure Strategy
Dragon (Familiar)
Dragonicon
Rarity Special Platforms
Common Deals splash fire damage with up to 3 projectiles PC/Console/Mobile
Where
Reach wave 15 of The Summit on Survival/Pure Strategy
Shroomite
Shroomite
Rarity Special Platforms
Rare Slows enemies with its attacks. PC
Where
Reach wave 15 of Mistymire Forest on Survival/Pure Strategy
Donkey
Donkey
Rarity Special Platforms
Rare Weakens enemies with its attacks. PC/Console
Where
Reach wave 15 of Moraggo Desert Town on Survival/Pure Strategy
Cowboy Monkey
Monkey
Rarity Special Platforms
Rare Fires piercing arrows that also heal players PC/Console
Where
Reach wave 15 of Karathiki Jungle on Survival/Pure Strategy or be a Playstation Plus member
Djinnlet
Djinnleticon
Rarity Special Platforms
Rare Deals elemental damage
Gives mana
PC
Where
Reach wave 15 of City in the Cliffs on Survival/Pure Strategy
Seahorse
Seahorseicon
Rarity Special Platforms
Rare Deals poison damage to up to 6 enemies. PC
Where
Reach wave 20 of Aquanos on Survival/Pure Strategy
Pet Rock
Rockicon
Rarity Special Platforms
Rare Significantly boosts stats, but reduces Hero Speed to zero. PC
Where
Reach wave 30 of Talay Mining Complex on Survival/Pure Strategy
Propeller Cat
Catarang
Rarity Special Platforms
Rare Boosts player's & nearby allies' Hero Damage. PC
Where
Reach wave 25 of Sky City on Survival/Pure Strategy
Giraffe on Treadmill
Giraffe on Treadmill
Rarity Special Platforms
Ultra-Unique Extra base stats PC/Console
Where
Complete the final wave of Survival Mode on any difficulty.
Kobold on Treadmill
Kobold on Treadmill
Rarity Special Platforms
Ultra-Unique Extra base stats PC
Where
Complete the final wave (Wave 35) of Survival Mode of the bonus map Tavern Defense on any difficulty.
Skeleton on Treadmill
Placeholder person
Rarity Special Platforms
Ultra-Unique Extra base stats PC
Where
Complete the final wave (Wave 35) of Survival Mode of the bonus map Winter Wonderland on any difficulty.
Turtle on Treadmill
Placeholder person
Rarity Special Platforms
Ultra-Unique Extra base stats PC
Where
Complete the hidden puzzle on the bonus map Akatiti Jungle and then finish the map.

Challenge Reward Pets

These Familiars become available after completing a particular Challenge.

Rainbow Unicorn
Rainbowunicornicon
Rarity Special Platforms
Ultra-Unique Fires multiple piercing rainbows PC
Where
Complete each mission of the Assault Challenge Mission Pack consecutively
Goblin Cupid
Goblin Cupid
Rarity Special Platforms
Ultra-Unique Fires piercing arrows that also heal players PC
Where
Complete the Sky O' Love challenge
Democrat Donkey
Donkey
Rarity Special Platforms
Unique Physical melee damage PC
Where
Complete the Presidential Battle Royale challenge on any difficulty as a Monk/Initiate or Squire/Countess.
Republican Elephant
Elephant
Rarity Special Platforms
Unique Physical melee damage PC
Where
Complete the Presidential Battle Royale challenge on any difficulty as an Apprentice/Adept or Huntress/Ranger.


Achievement Reward Pets

These Familiars become available after attaining a particular Achievement.

Chicken (Familiar)
Trendychicken
Rarity Special Platforms
Ultra-Unique Deals Heroic splash damage with both ranged and melee attacks. Knocks back enemies in melee and shoots eggs at distant monsters. PC/Console
Where
Unlock all non-DLC achievements in the original game
Kain
Impicon
Rarity Special Platforms
Ultra-Unique Can repair any nearby tower Mobile
Where
Obtained by earning the Legendary Defender achievement.
Mega Chicken
Megachicken
Rarity Special Platforms
Ultra-Unique Deals Heroic splash damage with both ranged and melee attacks. Knocks back enemies in melee and shoots eggs at distant monsters. PC
Where
Obtain 36 Humongous Eggs / Complete the final wave (Wave 35) of Survival Mode of the bonus map Tinkerer's Lab on any difficulty.
Small Diamond
Rarity Special Platforms
Ultra-Unique Extra base stats. PC
Where
Obtain 88 Small Coal by completing Winter Wonderland or the Silent Night on Insane or lower difficulty.
Diamond
Rarity Special Platforms
Ultra-Unique Extra base stats. PC
Where
Obtain 88 Coal by completing Winter Wonderland or the Silent Night on Nightmare Difficulty.
Weighted Companion Cube
Cube
Rarity Special Platforms
Ultra-Unique Deals Physical damage and knock back enemies, as well as rewards mana. This pet always has the same stats and upgrades. PC
Where
Finish original Challenges on Nightmare with Hardcore mode.

Exclusive Pets

These Familiars are given to players as incentives for purchasing the game from a particular online distributor.

Steam Bonus Pets

Medic - TF2 Bonus
TF2 Medic
Rarity Special Platforms
Ultra-Unique Heals players PC - Steam
Where
Steam
Heavy - TF2 Bonus
Heavypose
Rarity Special Platforms
Ultra-Unique Physical ranged damage PC - Steam
Where
Steam
Engineer - TF2 Bonus
TF2 Engineer
Rarity Special Platforms
Ultra-Unique Repairs towers PC - Steam
Where
Steam
Pyro - TF2 Bonus
TF2 Pyro
Rarity Special Platforms
Ultra-Unique Fire damage PC - Steam
Where
Steam


Pre-Order Pets

Argo
Dragonicon
Rarity Special Platforms
Ultra-Unique Vampiric poison missiles PC
Where
GamersGate
Archimedes
Griffonicon
Rarity Special Platforms
Ultra-Unique Occasionally heals player PC
Where
Impulse
Mephisto
Impicon
Rarity Special Platforms
Ultra-Unique Heals nearby towers PC
Where
Direct2Drive
Nagi
Nagi
Rarity Special Platforms
Ultra-Unique Ranged fire attack PC
Where
Amazon

Notes

The quality of pets is not affected by either Pure Strategy or Mix Mode. However, Hardcore Mode does affect pet quality, as does the level of difficulty the level is played on.

History

PC

  • 7.18: Several changes were made to pets used on Nightmare Difficulty
    • The effectiveness of mythical quality pets is now determined by a player's Hero Damage Stat.
    • All DPS pets now deal 10% more damage
    • Normal non-heroic damage-dealing pets (e.g. Tiger) damage increased (9x)
    • Rainbow Unicorns damage halved
    • Laser Robot damage halved
    • Overall effectiveness increased for elemental damage-dealing pets (1.5x), melee damage-dealing pets (1.25x)
    • Imp hero defense repair rate increased (4x)
    • Fairy hero healing rate increased (5x)

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