Animated object

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Animated object
Animated coat, pumpkin, and chains arranged to resemble a ghost.

Animated objects are a wide category of seemingly intelligent, but actually quite mindless, objects given spirit and motion via magic (generally the animate object spell). They can range in size from the very small, such as a candelabra, to quite large, such as a ship.213

The most commonly encountered animated objects, especially by traveling adventurers, are permanently animated by rituals or infused positive energy and serve as guardians, distractions, or menial servants. They can also result from certain restless incorporeal undead.13

Animated objects can be awakened, which grants them a rudimentary intelligence.4


  • Animated armor13
  • Animated broom13
  • Animated colossus5
  • Animated handcraft6
  • Animated furnace7
  • Animated silverware swarm7
  • Animated statue18
  • Animated trebuchet5


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  2. Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A to Z” in Bestiary, 14. Paizo Inc., 2009
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Logan Bonner, et al. Animated object” in Monster Core, 18. Paizo Inc., 2024
  4. Logan Bonner, et al. “3: Spells” in Secrets of Magic, 147–148. Paizo Inc., 2020
  5. 5.0 5.1 Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A-Z” in Bestiary 3, 19. Paizo Inc., 2021
  6. Eren Ahn, et al. “Bestiary” in Tian Xia World Guide, 278–279. Paizo Inc., 2024
  7. 7.0 7.1 Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A-Z” in Bestiary 3, 18. Paizo Inc., 2021
  8. Logan Bonner, et al. Animated object” in Monster Core, 18–19. Paizo Inc., 2024