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A nabasu demon.

The sinister nabasu is a human-sized, bat-winged demon that can create ghouls out of those it kills.1 It is sometimes known as a death demon or a glutton demon.23

Associated sin

Nabasus are associated with the sin of gluttony (particularly cannibalism).23


A nabasu resembles a lanky, scaled humanoid with large, bat-like wings. It has prominent teeth and claws.1

Habitat and society

Nabasus are formed from the souls of evil gluttons, especially cannibals, drinkers of blood, and those who eat undead flesh. Unusually for a demon, it is birthed on the Universe rather than the Outer Rifts. Once sated, they are transported back to the Outer Rifts where they continue to grow.14

Nabasus worship the demon lord Xoveron as their patron.5


A nabasu has a number of magical abilities for weakening or immobilising foes, and is capable of dealing nasty wounds with its teeth and claws—especially against targets that have let down their guard. Its most potent ability, however, is its deadly gaze, which drains the life force from living creatures and can kill weaker victims. Any living humanoid killed by the gaze immediately transforms into a ghoul that the nabasu that created them can command.1


Lesser nabasus are found on Golarion, while the successful ones return to the Outer Rifts.1 They are popular minions for those who think they can control them, as they can grow in power and provide further ghoul minions.2


Paizo published a sourcebook about demons called Demons Revisited which includes a full chapter about nabasu demons.

For additional as-yet unincorporated sources about this subject, see the Meta page.

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Logan Bonner, et al. “Monsters A-Z” in Bestiary, 69. Paizo Inc., 2019
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 James Jacobs. “Demonkind” in Lords of Chaos, Book of the Damned Volume 2, 35. Paizo Inc., 2010
  3. 3.0 3.1 Logan Bonner, et al. “Monsters A-Z” in Bestiary, 68–69. Paizo Inc., 2019
  4. Prior to the Pathfinder Second Edition Remaster Project, sated nabasus transformed over time into vrolikais. Monster Core 82 removed any relationship between vrolikai demons and nabasus. See Meta:Nabasu.
  5. James Jacobs. “Lords of the Abyss” in Lords of Chaos, Book of the Damned Volume 2, 27. Paizo Inc., 2010