Look to any major video game franchise these days, and you’re likely to find one thing: every hero, no matter how powerful or wise, relies on others to help achieve their mission. And sometimes, those allies are furrier than others.
As game developers have sought to increase player investment, no method has proved more effective than giving players their very own pet. Whether it be a creature attainable in the real world or a figment of imagination, these companion creatures have carved out spaces in our gaming history, and our hearts.
Whether furred, feathered, or scaled, here’s our list of The 10 Greatest Video Game Pets.