Quote Originally Posted by Jasdoif View Post
Eh, sorta. The Handle Animal prereq means you have to have five class levels before you can qualify, so the earliest you can have a level in the Beastmaster class with your sixth character level...which would put your animal companion two levels behind Druid 6. And the scaling is in fact one-to-one after that, just like it is for a druid. On the other hand, the primary animal companion stacks with other classes' animal companion features; so Druid 5/Beastmaster 1 would have an animal companion equivalent to Druid 9....
An excellent refutation of a point I didn't make. I said the primary scales better than a druid (true, it's druid+3) and the secondary scales better than a ranger