Raja rakshasas are the most widespread and commonly encountered species of rakshasa. Also simply known as rakshasas, they are more powerful than some members of their kind and less powerful than others, and represent the ideal midpoint between servitor and master.
In their natural form, raja rakshasas 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.
In order to bring down or secretly take over whole cities, raja rakshasas 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.
- Logan Bonner, Jason Bulmahn, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, Mark Seifter, et al. (2019). Pathfinder Bestiary (Second Edition), p. 274. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-170-2
- Jesse Benner et al. (2011). Pathfinder RPG Bestiary 3, p. 224. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-378-1
- Logan Bonner, Jason Bulmahn, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, Mark Seifter, et al. (2019). Pathfinder Bestiary (Second Edition), p. 275. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-170-2