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A mokele-mbembe.

The mokele-mbembe1 is a gigantic reptilian predator that looks more like a herbivorous dinosaur. Known by many names—including water lion,2 nsanga, coye ya menia, jago-nini, and amali3—it has a long, whip-like tail that makes up half of its total body length.2


Mokele-mbembe are usually solitary animals, but when prey is abundant they may gather in groups of three to four males and one to two females. Females choose their mates based on their strength and size and on how much food they bring to them, and after mating lay clutches of five to six eggs; mated pairs raise their young together. The female guards the nest for the first month after hatching while the male brings back food, after which the young follow their parents on hunts until they are three or four months of age, at which point, they become largely independent.4

Mokele-mbembe are powerful predators capable of hunting prey such as water buffalo4 and other predators such as leopards and crocodiles;5 they are especially known for their violent clashes with hippopotamuses.4

On Golarion

Found in the most remote tropical rivers and lakes across Garund, mokele-mbembe are most often encountered in the jungle interior. The Julanga tribe of Zenj along the River Still not only hunt the creatures, but also pray to them and consider their hides and skulls sacred, and oppose any outsiders who hunt mokele-mbembe. Lizardfolk of the Shell-Bearer tribe near the Buunta Flow also protect a pack of mokele-mbembe from poaching by Aspis Consortium agents of Nightfall Station.3 A population of mokeles lives in the deep waters of Lake Ocota, which they share with numerous water orms, and their reclusive habits have led to the development of a number of myths about their nature.36


Paizo published a detailed article on the mokele-mbembe in Mystery Monsters Revisited 22–27.

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  1. Mokele-mbembe is used for singular and plural forms in Pathfinder First Edition but "mokele-mbembes" was introduced as the plural in Pathfinder Second Edition.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jesse Benner, et al. “Bestiary” in City of Seven Spears, 84–85. Paizo Inc., 2010
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Anthony Pryor. Mokele-Mbembe” in Mystery Monsters Revisited, 26. Paizo Inc., 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Anthony Pryor. Mokele-Mbembe” in Mystery Monsters Revisited, 24. Paizo Inc., 2012
  5. Anthony Pryor. Mokele-Mbembe” in Mystery Monsters Revisited, 23. Paizo Inc., 2012
  6. Richard Pett. Water Orm” in Mystery Monsters Revisited, 55. Paizo Inc., 2012

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