Q: Dear Sage,
Can the caster command a summoned creature to make special attacks, such as bull rushing or grappling? What about commanding it to deal nonlethal damage?
As long as the caster is capable of communicating to the summoned creature, and as long as the creature is capable of carrying out the commanded action, the caster can give any command he wants.
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