We had this conversation on-mic, but it doesn't hurt to have a recap here:
Maleos can polymorph any willing creature into any general class of creature Maleos has seen before.
It's just that by the time he had learned the spell, he had already seen a dragon. :)
You gain physical stats and abilities but not supernatural spell-like abilities. Mental attributes are unaffected. It's basically Maleos's go-to "Whelp, I'm down to my last spell, better start hitting them" Plan B. But come to think of it, it's also a hellofa buff for our pets.
If I can make it up to Mass Polymorph, I could do myself and three pets in the first round. The main reason I don't polymorph myself at the start of battle is because it makes me look like more of a threat and a bigger target, and the main reason I don't usually do the pets is because after the first round I'm usually reacting to what this particular encounter is throwing at us. I'm starting to think a once daily command-word activated "become a dragon" miiiiiiight be a worthwhile effect to stack on the collars, especially if you want your wolfhound to draw aggro for you so you can flank.
I realize it kills the flavor of your having a wolf with you. If we can find something like a bear or a lion, I could do that, too, but right now, Dragon is a flying bruiser that can pronounce words. It's basically ideal. I mean, as long as it fits within the room. I think I can make it smaller if I want to at the expense of some physical stats, because I know that as I go up in level the size of dragon I can turn someone into goes up. I think I'm at Large? And the dragons I've seen were bigger. :)
Correct me if I'm mistaken on any of this, Chris.
Mal can totally turn Dare into a bird. Probably even one that can survive flying! :P