— Jeremy Crawford (@JeremyECrawford) January 7, 2015
@bjrecioranger companion: “Its hp max is its normal max or…” If the beast has 2d8+2 hp, does “normal max” mean 11, or 18? #dnd5E It means whatever max the DM sets in the given hp range. If the DM uses the average in the stat block, the max is 11.
— Jeremy Crawford (@JeremyECrawford) September 22, 2014
@captainsangster I was wondering, why there are such heavy restrictions on beast-master companion and if there will be a way to allow higher CRs animal companions were a huge source of issues in 3e – adding an extra "character" is a very powerful ability
— Mike Mearls (@mikemearls) September 17, 2014