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A nabasu demon.

(chaotic, demon, evil, native)
Any (Abyss)
Source: Bestiary, pg(s). 64

The sinister nabasu is a roughly 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.2

Associated sin

Nabasus are associated with the sin of gluttony (particularly cannibalism).2


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 and those who eat undead flesh. Unusually for a demon, it is birthed on the Material Plane rather than the Abyss. It lives a solitary life, and its goal is to transform as many living humanoids into ghouls as it can. It gains in power for each ghoul it creates, and when it has created enough ghouls (the number required varies for each individual, but is never more than 20) it grows in size and is transported back to the Abyss.1 There they continue to grow, ultimately becoming fearsome vrolikai demons.3

Nabasus worship the demon lord Xoveron as their patron.4


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 Abyss.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.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Jason Bulmahn. (2009). Bestiary (First Edition), p. 64. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-183-1
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 James Jacobs. (2010). Lords of Chaos, p. 35. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-250-0
  3. Wolfgang Baur et al. (2010). Bestiary 2 (First Edition), p. 81. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-268-5
  4. James Jacobs. (2010). Lords of Chaos, p. 27. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-250-0