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Dire crocodile
Type Animal
CR 9
Environment Warm rivers and marshes

Source: Bestiary, pg(s). 51
Type Animal
CR 12
Environment Warm rivers and marshes

Source: Osirion, Legacy of Pharaohs, pg(s). 54

Crocodiles are large, carnivorous reptiles that can be found along the banks of Golarion's tropical and sub-tropical rivers and marshes. They are part of the crocodilian family of reptiles. They prefer to hide partially submerged at the edges of streams and swamps and wait for prey to approach, whereupon they burst from the water with astonishing speed, grasp their victims in their powerful jaws and drag them underwater. They typically grow to about 14 feet in length, and weigh upwards of 1,400 pounds.[1]


Dire crocodiles

The dire crocodile (or sarcosuchus) is a monstrously large cousin of the common crocodile, found near the banks of Golarion's rivers and swamps. They have been spotted in such diverse climes as the banks of Lake Encarthan in central Avistan,[2] and the island of Jalmeray in the Obari Ocean (where locals call them Mukara and believe them to be the mounts of an unnamed goddess of rivers).[3] Dire crocodiles are among the many animals that can be summoned by powerful druids and other magic-users.[4]


Hetkoshu are black-scaled dire crocodiles native to the rivers of Osirion (the Sphinx, the Crook, and the Asp), in addition to the Golden Oasis at the edge of the city of Shiman-Sekh.[5][6] Averaging 30 feet in length and weighing up to 45,000 pounds, hetkoshu pose a significant threat to the people who live in close proximity to their hunting grounds, and are considered to be one of the most dangerous animals in all Garund.[7][8] Hetkoshus prefer to attack from surprise, rushing their prey with incredible speed and devouring one or more of their victims whole before they even realize that they are in danger. Any who survive this initial onslaught are quickly dragged into the dreaded "death roll", in which the hetkoshu tucks in its legs and rolls, wrenching its victims back and forth.[8]

Marine and saltwater crocodiles

Marine and saltwater crocodiles are sea or ocean variants of the standard crocodile with the latter variant the larger of the two at about twice the size of a land-based crocodile.[9]

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Alligators are in the same family as and are very similar to crocodiles, with most of their differences being in their snout, teeth, and preference for freshwater habitats over salt water. However, they are considered a distinct species.[10]


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  1. Jason Bulmahn. (2009). Bestiary (First Edition), p. 51. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-183-1
  2. Joshua J. Frost. (2010). City of Golden Death, p. 6. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-225-8
  3. Matt Goodall. (2011). Cult of the Ebon Destroyers, p. 15. Paizo Publishing, LLC.
  4. Jason Bulmahn et al. (2009). Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook (1E), p. 351. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-150-3
  5. Jason Eric Nelson & Amber Stewart. (2008). Osirion, Land of Pharaohs, p. 10–11. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-144-2
  6. James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 146. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  7. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 247. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  8. 8.0 8.1 Alex Greenshields, Amanda Hamon, Jonathan H. Keith, Ron Lundeen, and David N. Ross. (2014). Osirion, Legacy of Pharaohs, p. 54. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-595-2
  9. Alex Greenshields, Michael Kenway, Mark Moreland, Tork Shaw. (2012). Bestiary. Island of Empty Eyes, p. 85. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-416-0
  10. Alligator, Wikipedia. In the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, alligators reuse the mechanical features and statistics of crocodiles.