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An air elemental.
An earth elemental.
A fire elemental.
A water elemental.

Elementals are creatures from one of the Elemental Planes that are made up completely of one of the four elements of air, earth, fire or water. This means that they do not have anatomies and nervous systems as do most other creatures. As a result they cannot be stunned, poisoned or paralysed, do not breathe, eat, or sleep, and do not have a blind side or vulnerable areas that can be targeted by their enemies.1

Primal elementals

Primal elementals, which are composed entirely of one elemental and look roughly humanoid, are the most famous of all elementals. Many of them are named after natural disasters, and are often found in the wake of these disasters.2

The mixing of elements is seen to occur at the borders between the Elemental Planes. At these planar borders elemental creatures may be created from the secondary elements too.3

Plane of Air

Plane of Earth

Plane of Fire

Plane of Water

Ethereal Plane

Other elementals

See also: Category:Elemental subtype creatures and Category:Elemental creatures

There are a number of other types of elemental creature, which typically have more defined forms than the primal elementals.

Elemental creatures

Some elementals look and behave like animals from the Material Plane, despite their lack of animalistic instincts like eating and reproducing. Due to their small size, ease of summoning and varied abilities, they tend to be favoured by conjurers.4

Civilised elementals

Some elementals have cultures and personalities of their own that distinguish them from their simple cousins. These so-called civilised elementals often live alongside genies or in large settlements.5

Monstrous elementals

More than simple incarnations of the elements, some elementals have complex ecologies and societies, and can often be found on the Material Plane in addition to their native plane.6

On Golarion


Elementals are associated with the deserts of Osirion.

Khemet I's alliance with the country's elder elementals was a key factor in his ability to gain the throne of the country by a bloodless coup. His grandson, Khemet III, is often accompanied by his fire elemental advisor Janhelia, and some at court fear that the country is on the verge of becoming embroiled in the complex politics of the elemental clans.7


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  1. Paizo Inc., et al. “Appendix 3: Glossary” in Bestiary, 311. Paizo Inc., 2009
  2. Logan Bonner, et al. “Monsters A-Z” in Bestiary, 145. Paizo Inc., 2019
  3. Tim Akers, et al. “Elemental Blood” in Blood of the Elements, 4. Paizo Inc., 2014
  4. Logan Bonner, et al. “Monsters A-Z” in Bestiary, 147. Paizo Inc., 2019
  5. Logan Bonner, et al. “Monsters A-Z” in Bestiary, 149. Paizo Inc., 2019
  6. Logan Bonner, et al. “Monsters A-Z” in Bestiary, 153. Paizo Inc., 2019
  7. James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 147–148. Paizo Inc., 2011