Boar

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Boar
A dromaar druid from the Nirmathi settlement of Crystalhurst with her boar companion.
(Creature)

Boars, or wild boars, are more ornery and dangerous relatives of domesticated pigs.1 They live in the woodlands of much of Avistan and Garund, and are frequently hunted for their flesh, which is considered a delicacy.23

Habitat and ecology

Boars breed freely and quickly, and eat voraciously and omnivorously, making them a menace to farmers and food storage. They become more aggressive during mating season, with males growing additional flesh to protect themselves during conflicts over mates, but otherwise attack only in self-defense.1

Boar hunting

Boars are often hunted with special spears that include a cross-beam that keeps the impaled animal from pushing forward and goring its attacker with its powerful tusks.2

Uses

Boars are omnivores that do not shy away from eating anything remotely palatable. This makes them useful for disposing of garbage,1 and boars are sometimes kept by orcs or kobolds, who use them as mounts and let them roam free in their camps, or by thieves' guilds for getting rid of organic evidence.4 They are also trained to become warbeasts and guard animals.1

As animal companions

Steelbristles, the animal companion of Torgra Stigardsdam.

Boars and daeodons have been selected variously by cavaliers, druids, paladins, and rangers as their companion animals.5 Daeodons are particularly favoured by orc cavaliers and druids.678

Variants

A wide variety of boar species live across Golarion, from warthogs1 of the tropical plains and savannas, to the Sargavan boar of the Mwangi Expanse and Vidrian,9 to the blood boar of Razmiran's Exalted Wood.10

In Taldor, titanboars have been bred to be particularly challenging hunting quarry but often become feral and cause great damage to the countryside.11 Enormous, armor-plated steam hogs are used as war beasts by fire giant armies.12

Bristle boar

Bristle boars live in the lowlands of the Hold of Belkzen and are as tough as anything emerging from that land. They stand four feet tall and are distinguished by the nasty spines that protect their head and neck.13

Daeodon

Daeodons, also known as dire boars,14 are much larger and more aggressive relatives of the common wild boar. While wild boars are omnivores, dire boars prefer the taste of fresh meat, and their keen senses and large, sharp tusks make them superior predators. They can stand up to seven feet tall at the shoulder and weigh upwards of 2,000 pounds.1

Warthog

Faster than common boars and less aggressive, warthogs originate and are found in numbers in the Mwangi Expanse. They sport large tusks and armoured ridges on their faces—the latter often mistaken as the warts from which they are named.15

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Logan Bonner, et al. “Monsters A-Z” in Bestiary, 43. Paizo Inc., 2019
  2. 2.0 2.1 Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A to Z” in Bestiary, 36. Paizo Inc., 2009
  3. Steve Kenson, et al. Orcs of Golarion” in Orcs of Golarion, 11. Paizo Inc., 2010
  4. Wolfgang Baur, et al. Classic Monsters Revisited, 29. Paizo Inc., 2008
  5. Tim Hitchcock, et al. “Tools of the Trade” in Seekers of Secrets, 62–63. Paizo Inc., 2009 Torgra Stigardsdam, ranger.
  6. Steve Kenson, et al. “Orc Traits” in Orcs of Golarion, 22. Paizo Inc., 2010
  7. Steve Kenson, et al. “Faith: Cults and Shamans” in Orcs of Golarion, 27. Paizo Inc., 2010
  8. Steve Kenson, et al. “Social: Class Roles” in Orcs of Golarion, 30. Paizo Inc., 2010
  9. James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 255. Paizo Inc., 2011
  10. James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 159. Paizo Inc., 2011
  11. Mark Moreland, et al. “Bestiary” in Taldor, the First Empire, 61. Paizo Inc., 2017
  12. Dennis Baker, et al. Fire Giants” in Monster Codex, 64. Paizo Inc., 2014
  13. Tyler Beck, et al. “Bestiary” in Belkzen, Hold of the Orc Hordes, 56. Paizo Inc., 2015
  14. Paizo Inc., et al. “Introduction” in Kingmaker Bestiary, 7. Paizo Inc., 2022
  15. Mikhail Rekun. “Wild Companions” in Wilderness Origins, 23. Paizo Inc., 2019