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A swarm of bats descend on adventurers.
Type Animal
(swarm (bat swarm only))
CR 1/8 (common bat)
2 (dire bat and bat swarm)
Environment Temperate and hot forests and deserts (common bat)
any temperate or tropical (dire bat)
Adjective Chiropteran, chiropterous
Images of bats

Source: Bestiary, pg(s). 30
See also: Mobat and Skaveling

Bats are small winged mammals that are usually harmless to larger animals. The giant cousins of the common bat, dire bats, are nocturnal hunters far more deadly than their smaller, more mundane cousins.[1]


Bats are small, furry mammals that resemble rodents (though they are not related). Their wings are actually highly modified forelimbs with leathery skin stretched between elongated fingers. Most bats have large ears and sharp pointed teeth to help them hunt.

Dire bats resemble their smaller cousins grown to massive proportions. Their bodies can grow to the size of an ox, and their wingspans reach 15 feet or more. Despite their enormous size, they only weigh around 200 pounds due to their light frames.[1]

Habitat and ecology

Bats of all sizes are usually active at night and are among the few mammals capable of powered flight. Most bats have only average eyesight, but use echolocation to "see" with their ears.

Common bats eat insects or fruits (or, rarely, blood) and can be found in caves, ruins, or even city sewers. Though harmless on their own, they sometimes gather in huge swarms that can overwhelm larger creatures.[1] These tiny animals are often chosen as familiars by wizards.[2]

Dire bats are nocturnal creatures. Their preferred lairs are normally remote caves or similarly isolated, sheltered locations where they can sleep away the day and emerge to hunt at night. Not all dire bats hunt beneath the night skies; some stalk the endless black of the Darklands. Unlike their smaller cousins, dire bats tend not to live in vast colonies of thousands. Many are solitary and most groups of dire bats contain at most eight adults. Despite their fearsome appearance, for the most part they do not prey on humans, preferring larger, more docile prey like livestock or similarly sized grazing animals.[1]

On Golarion

Bats are among the totem animals of the Lyrune-Quah, or Moon Clan, of the Shoanti.[3]


External links

  • Bat (real-world animal)