Cave giant

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Cave giant
Orcs enslaving a cave giant
Type Humanoid
CR 6
Environment Any underground
Images of cave giants

Source: Bestiary 3, pg(s). 127

Cave giants are a race of cave-dwelling and Darklands-dwelling giants who resemble a cross between an ogres and very feral orcs. Relatively unintelligent and technologically backward, any metal objects or weapons they possess are stolen from their defeated foes.[1]


Cave giants appear as oversized humanoids with large tusks growing out of the back of their lower jaws. They share features of both orcs and ogres, but are bigger on average than both, standing over 10 feet in height, and weighing upwards of 1,000 pounds. Their true height is hard to judge, as cave giants walk with a perpetual stoop, most likely due to their overdeveloped musculature and their need to constantly crouch in cramped tunnels. Their arms are quite long, most likely due to their hunched posture.[1][2]


Cave giants are known to be particularly fond of kobold eggs, and because of this are mortal enemies of the diminutive reptilian humanoids.[3] Most cave giants could live to be over 100, but rarely make it past 60 due to their violent nature.[1]

Society & Culture

Cave giants are violent raiders who manufacture few goods, preferring to steal them from others. They are particularly fond of and skilled at wielding axes, and take them off other giants at any opportunity. They take their foes as slaves whenever they can remember to not give into their bloodlust and kill all who stand before them. Those who are captured rarely live long, and end up being either fatally mistreated, or else being eaten when the giants run out of other food; this means that there is high turnover among the cave giants' slave population. Most slaves are either troglodytes or orcs, with dwarven slaves being particularly valued due to their metalworking abilities.[1]

Like many giants, cave giants carry a bag containing some of their most prized possessions.[4]

Cave giants keep all manner of giant lizards as both guards and sport, although they prefer the less dangerous monitor lizards to the more dangerous giant frilled lizards. These creatures are trained in the most brutal manner possible and, because of this, will turn on their masters at the first sign of weakness. They are generally fed live victims (often slaves), with the ensuing slaughter being a source of great amusement and gambling for the cave giants.[1]

Cave giants in Golarion

Cave giants are known to inhabit the Darklands of Tian Xia, particularly the tunnels beneath the Wall of Heaven Mountains.[5] In the Inner Sea region, they are known to inhabit the caverns below Hollow Mountain in Varisia where they and their ogrekin allies are active slavers.[6] They have also been spotted in deep sea caves in the Shackles,[7] and living in caves in the Scar Thicket, a dangerous part of Cheliax's Whisperwood.[8]


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  2. Patrick Renie. (2015). Battle of Bloodmarch Hill. Battle of Bloodmarch Hill, p. inside front cover. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-725-3
  3. Tork Shaw, Mat Smith, and Jerome Virnich. (2013). Kobolds of Golarion, p. 11. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-512-9
  4. Tyler Beck, Adam Daigle, and Patrick Renie. (2015). Bestiary. Battle of Bloodmarch Hill, p. 81. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-725-3
  5. James Jacobs, Dave Gross, Rob McCreary. (2011). Dragon Empires Gazetteer, p. 21. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-379-8
  6. Amanda Hamon. (2013). Redcap. Fey Revisited, p. 45. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-507-5
  7. Adam Daigle, Amanda Hamon, Mark Moreland, Eric Morton, William Thrasher. (2012). Bestiary. From Hell's Heart, p. 77. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-422-1
  8. Alexander Augunas et al. (2015). Giant Hunter's Handbook, p. 19. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-705-5