Air elemental

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Air elemental
An air elemental.

Composed of pure air and as mercurial as a storm's wind, air elementals are at home on the Elemental Plane of Air but can also be found on Golarion wherever wind is at its most intense.


Air elementals are comprised of pure air, and resemble clouds that have coalesced into a stronger, more definable form, with facial details appearing as darker hollows. Air elementals assume a bewildering variety of forms and can appear as a cloud-like version of any mortal creature, although they prefer forms of creatures that can fly naturally—from birds to bats to dragons. Some remain in what scholars believe to be their natural form: a whirling vortex of cloud or smoke that resembles a miniature whirlwind. And while an air elemental can look like a creature, such as an eagle, it certainly does not have the creature's complex internal make-up.1


Air elementals are somewhat averse to the ground, finding the need to move only in two dimensions stifling and preferring to attack flying foes if given the choice. Interestingly, air elementals can move through water without drowning as they have no need to breathe, but doing so greatly reduces their maneuverability.1

On Golarion

Air elementals dwell for the most part on the Elemental Plane of Air, where they soar carefree through the endless azure skies. While they are often summoned by wizards, sorcerers, and other magic users, most resent the intrusion and long to fly through their home plane again. Some, however, relish life on the Material Plane, finding themselves inherently drawn to the wonders of the world: dancing across windswept deserts, and frolicking around the pinnacles of the highest mountains.1 They are often attracted to strange geographical features where air interacts differently with the land, such as the Painted Flutes in Katapesh.2

Known Air Elementals

See also: Category:Air elemental/Inhabitants

Some prominent air elementals include:

  • Shanaria, former spymaster and right hand of Duchess of All Winds, Hshurha, Shanaria broke with the queen of air elementals and now lives in exile at the heart of the Storm of Fangs.3


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A to Z” in Bestiary, 120–121. Paizo Inc., 2009
  2. Stephen S. Greer & Amber E. Scott. “Land of Adventure” in Dark Markets, A Guide to Katapesh, 5. Paizo Inc., 2009
  3. John Compton, et al. Plane of Air” in Planes of Power, 17. Paizo Inc., 2016