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Dretch Demon
Type Outsider
(chaotic, demon, evil, extraplanar)
CR varies
Environment Abyss
Images of demons

Source: Bestiary, pg(s). 56

Demons are evil and destructive creatures native to the Outer Sphere known as the Abyss. They are ferocious, irredeemably evil creatures, and will attack and kill anything for the sheer fun of it, including other demons.[1]

Demon Lords

The most powerful of the demons are unique creature with their own individual powers and abilities. These demon lords are known throughout the multiverse, and many cults exist to them on the Material Plane.[2] The total number of demon lords is beyond knowing. Of the countless powerful demons who rule the various layers of the Abyss, some are better and more widely known and worshiped. The most ubiquitous demon lord, and the only one to have attained full godhood is Lamashtu, the Mother of Monsters.[3]

Nascent demon lords

Just below the demon lords are the nascent demon lords: unique demons who have not yet claimed their own Abyssal realm. Like their more powerful brethren, nascent demon lords can grant spells to beings who worship them.[4]


Creatures that have not yet become fully fledged demons are known as proto-demons.[5]

On Golarion

Native to the Abyss, demons cannot easily make the journey to the Material Plane. Nevertheless, they can be found wherever powerful evil spellcasters summon them to bring harm upon their enemies. There are only two known locations in the Inner Sea region, however, where demons are common and seem to be growing in numbers: the Tanglebriar in Kyonin and the Worldwound.[6]


The study of demons is known as demonology.[7] Alaznist, Runelord of Wrath, was a skilled demonologist and the worship of demons was promoted in her realm.[8]


Paizo has published several major sourcebooks about demons: Demon Hunter's Handbook, Demons Revisited, and Lords of Chaos.