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Raja rakshasa
A rakshasa dancer.

Raja-krodhas are the most widespread and commonly encountered species of rakshasa. Also simply known as rakshasas,23 they are more powerful than some members of their kind and less powerful than others, and represent the ideal midpoint between servitor and master.4


In their natural form, raja-krodhas can be recognized by their animal heads (those of great cats, snakes, crocodiles, apes, and birds of prey being the most common) and backward-facing hands. In most cases, a raja's head is indicative of its personality. A raja is six feet tall and weighs 180 pounds.56


In order to bring down or secretly take over whole cities, raja-krodhas gather in close-knit families that often incorporate others of their kind, like dandasukas, who serve as servants or spies. The rajas constantly scheme and bicker among each other, even as they work together toward their shared goal.6


Raja-krodhas are disdainful of religion, even by rakshasa standards. They recognise the power of deities, but view themselves as the only things that deserve worship.6


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

  1. Prior to the Pathfinder Second Edition Remaster Project, Raja-krodhas had the trait.
  2. In Pathfinder First Edition, raja-krodhas were known simply as rakshasas, as was the entire family of fiends. Pathfinder Second Edition prior to the Pathfinder Second Edition Remaster Project distinguished between the two by introducing the name "raja rakshasa" for the most common type of rakshasa. The Pathfinder Remaster renamed raja rakshasas to raja-krodhas.
  3. The Pathfinder Second Edition Remaster Project retroactively revised the origins and nature of rakshasas, removing their focuses on reincarnation and cycles of mortality and making them divinely created manifestations of profane concepts. Prior assertions about rakshasa origins, abilities, and nature might no longer be canon, and canon replacements for those concepts or related beings might not exist. See Meta:Rakshasa.
  4. Logan Bonner, et al. “Monsters A-Z” in Bestiary, 274. Paizo Inc., 2019
  5. Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A to Z” in Bestiary 3, 224. Paizo Inc., 2011
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Logan Bonner, et al. “Monsters A-Z” in Bestiary, 275. Paizo Inc., 2019