Awakened animal

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Awakened animal
Yrure'tugala, an awakened dire ape.

Source: Animal Archive, pg. 22 (1E)
Howl of the Wild (2E)
See also: Awaken, awaken animal, and awakened plant

Awakened animals, also known as intelligent animals, are animals granted a level of sapient intelligence—whether by spell, ritual, or other force—that other animals lack. The intellect of awakened animals can rival those of advanced humanoids.12

Such animals often take on a personality derived from its natural tendencies. Awakened herd animals who were prone to stampeding prior to being awakened, for instance, might become raging barbarians, while stealthy cats might become rangers or rogues when awakened.2

On Golarion

The town of Bellis was once plagued by a swarm of awakened bees.3


The city of Usaro in the Mwangi Expanse is home to approximately 100 awakened apes.4

A pack of awakened dire wolves from the Wilewood claimed an abandoned village in the River Kingdom of Sevenarches, which they call the Den.5 The awakened mammoth Hillstomper guards a mammoth graveyard in the Stolen Lands of the River Kingdoms; he shares a common druidic progenitor with the awakened horse Windchaser.6

Swarms of dire rats known as the hadi, descended from Shory experiments and awakened by leukodaemon meddling, populate the ruins of Kho.7

Animals that drink from the Jansagar Lake, located in the Crying Jungle of Vudra, become awakened. Thousands of awakened animals populate the Janvari mahajanapada and are led by Tendula, an awakened panther rajah.8

Items and manifestations

The Shepherd is a diabolical manifestation of Barbatos in the form of a throne of bones. Placing an animal on the throne awakens it into a lawful, evil servant of Barbatos.9

In the Great Beyond

Awakened animals are often the minions of psychopomp ushers, such as:

The awakened blue jay Ceru is a famed resident of Port Eclipse in the Plane of Air.15

Notable awakened animals

See also: Category:Awakened animal/Inhabitants


Paizo featured awakened animals as an ancestry in Howl of the Wild.

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  2. 2.0 2.1 Amanda Hamon, et al. “Intelligent Animals” in Animal Archive, 22. Paizo Inc., 2013
  3. Neil Spicer. Realm of the Fellnight Queen, 7. Paizo Inc., 2010
  4. Tim Hitchcock, et al. “Mwangi Campaigns” in Heart of the Jungle, 45. Paizo Inc., 2010
  5. Jeff Quick. Sevenarches” in Guide to the River Kingdoms, 48. Paizo Inc., 2010
  6. Jason Nelson. “War of the River Kings” in War of the River Kings, 20–21. Paizo Inc., 2010
  7. Tim Hitchcock, et al. Kho” in Lost Cities of Golarion, 23. Paizo Inc., 2011
  8. Saif Ansari. Vudra, the Impossible Kingdoms” in Sixty Feet Under, 70–71. Paizo Inc., 2020
  9. F. Wesley Schneider & Jerome Virnich. “Diabolical Influences” in Hell Unleashed, 7. Paizo Inc., 2015
  10. John Compton, et al. “Auditors of the Absolute” in Concordance of Rivals, 6. Paizo Inc., 2019
  11. John Compton, et al. “Auditors of the Absolute” in Concordance of Rivals, 12. Paizo Inc., 2019
  12. John Compton, et al. “Auditors of the Absolute” in Concordance of Rivals, 13. Paizo Inc., 2019
  13. John Compton, et al. “Auditors of the Absolute” in Concordance of Rivals, 16. Paizo Inc., 2019
  14. John Compton, et al. “Auditors of the Absolute” in Concordance of Rivals, 18. Paizo Inc., 2019
  15. Jason Evans. Caught in the Eclipse, 9. Paizo Inc., 2017
  16. Paizo Inc., et al. “Back Alley Shops” in Grand Bazaar, 115. Paizo Inc., 2021
  17. James Jacobs. “A Song of Silver” in A Song of Silver, 16. Paizo Inc., 2015
  18. Ron Lundeen & Stephanie Lundeen. “Broken Tusk Moon” in Broken Tusk Moon, 48. Paizo Inc., 2022
  19. Brian Cortijo, et al. Hands of Slaughter” in Rival Guide, 27. Paizo Inc., 2011