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Type Undead
CR +1
Environment Any

Source: Bestiary 3, pg(s). 216

A penanggalen (sometimes spelled penanggalan) is an especially horrific species of vampire found primarily in the lands of Vudra. Appearing as a beautiful woman by day, the head and organs of a penanggalen separate from its body by night as it flies through the air in search of victims. The head must soak its organs in a solution of vinegar in order to squeeze itself back onto its body before daybreak.[1][2][3]


Although the creation of a penanggalen varies, it always involves terrible acts of violence and bloodletting, typically involving tortured victims.[4]

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  1. Dave Gross. (2010). Prince of Wolves, p. 298. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-287-6
  2. James Jacobs, Rob McCreary, and F. Wesley Schneider. (2010). Classic Horrors Revisited, p. 49. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-202-9
  3. Tork Shaw. (2012). Blood of the Night, p. Inside back cover. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-470-2
  4. Jesse Benner et al. (2011). Bestiary 3 (First Edition), p. 216. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-378-1

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