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A family of elephants.

Source: Bestiary 2, pg(s). 116
A mammoth rider.

Elephants are large, quadrupedal herbivorous animals with thick skin and two tusks flanking a long, dexterous snout called a trunk.12

Ecology and habitat

Elephants wander the plains of Golarion's warmer climates in large herds of close-knit families.3 All species of elephant are highly social, and herd members form close social bonds with one another. Occasionally, elephants are separated from their herds by accidents or are cast out. These specimens, termed rogue elephants, often become highly aggressive and dangerous creatures.12



Anancuses are primordial relatives of elephants. They are distinguished from their modern cousins by their shorter trunks and much longer tusks.4


Deinotheriums are large, primeval herbivores related to true elephants. Unlike their relatives, however, they have short trunks and downward-curving tusks.5[citation needed]


The mastodon is an ancient form of elephant that can still be occasionally encountered on Golarion. They have massive tusks that curve up towards one another. They are distinguished from mammoths by their smaller size. They chiefly inhabit temperate forests, where they live in closely knit groups.4


Mammoths are a type of elephant that have long hair and larger tusks, and live in cold environments. They are more aggressive than common elephants due to living alongside more dangerous predators.12


Teraphants are elephant-like animals native to Vudra. They lack tusks, instead possessing three tusk-like horns, and can sense the emotions of living creatures.6

In society

Elephants are domesticated and used as beasts of burden by many cultures. However, their high intelligence means that they must be handled with great care.12 Elephants are also valued as impressive mounts by orcs across Golarion.7

Elephants are also hunted for the ivory of their tusks, which can sell for very high prices. Certain groups perceive elephants as majestic creatures and seek to protect them, creating danger for elephant hunters.12


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Logan Bonner, et al. “Monsters A-Z” in Bestiary, 154. Paizo Inc., 2019
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Logan Bonner, et al. Elephant” in Monster Core, 150. Paizo Inc., 2024
  3. Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A to Z” in Bestiary, 128. Paizo Inc., 2009
  4. 4.0 4.1 Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A-Z” in Bestiary 2, 116. Paizo Inc., 2020
  5. Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A to Z” in Bestiary 6, 184. Paizo Inc., 2017
  6. Leo Glass, et al. “Adventure Toolbox” in Sixty Feet Under, 86. Paizo Inc., 2020
  7. Benjamin Bruck, et al. “Chapter 2: Uncommon Races” in Inner Sea Races, 152. Paizo Inc., 2015

External links

  • Anancus (extinct real-world animal) on Wikipedia
  • Elephant (real-world animal) on Wikipedia
  • Mammoth (extinct real-world animal) on Wikipedia
  • Mastodon (extinct real-world animal) on Wikipedia