Shadow demon

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Shadow demon
A shadow demon.

(chaotic, demon, evil, extraplanar, incorporeal)
Source: Bestiary, pg(s). 67

A shadow demon, also known as an invidiak, is a sinister incorporeal demon.1[citation needed]

Associated sin

Shadow demons are associated with the sin of envy.2


A shadow demon appears as a cloud of darkness with bat-like wings and sharp claws. They are slightly larger than humans, but are weightless because they are incorporeal.1[citation needed]


A shadow demon can fight with its teeth and claws, and has a number of magical abilities connected to manipulating shadows. They can also blend into any available shadows to effectively become invisible. Perhaps their most insidious spell-like ability is their ability to possess mortals. In a mortal body they are no longer vulnerable to sunlight, but if the mortal body is struck by a sudden burst of powerful magical light, the possessing shadow demon is immediately expelled.1[citation needed]

Habitat and ecology

Shadow demons are formed in the Outer Rifts from envious souls. They typically form groups of up to eight, and are known to flee from sunlight.1[citation needed]


Shadow demons are believed to have once served the demon lord Vyriavaxus. When Nocticula slew their patron, they grudgingly transferred their services to her;3 as of 4724 AR the fate of Nocticula's shadow demons since she left the Midnight Isles is unclear.4 Some also serve the demon lord Shax.5


Shadow demons are native to the Outer Rifts.1[citation needed]


Those seeking to summon a shadow demon sometimes do so in areas of bright sunlight. This reduces the shadow demon's power but is guaranteed to enrage it.6

On Golarion

A group of shadow demons loyal to Shax have possessed a tribe of Kellid barbarians and used them to commit uncounted atrocities in Sabertooth Vale in the Worldwound.7


Paizo published a sourcebook about demons called Demons Revisited, which includes a chapter about shadow demons.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A to Z” in Bestiary, 67. Paizo Inc., 2009
  2. James Jacobs. Demons Revisited, 29. Paizo Inc., 2013
  3. James Jacobs. “Lords of the Abyss” in Lords of Chaos, Book of the Damned Volume 2, 21. Paizo Inc., 2010
  4. The publication of the Return of the Runelords Pathfinder Adventure Path canonized the redemption of the demon lord Nocticula and her ascension into a chaotic neutral deity of artists, exiles, and night. Not all ramifications of this change are reflected in PathfinderWiki, and might remain unresolved until a canon work addresses them.
  5. James Jacobs. “Lords of the Abyss” in Lords of Chaos, Book of the Damned Volume 2, 24. Paizo Inc., 2010
  6. James Jacobs. “Demonkind” in Lords of Chaos, Book of the Damned Volume 2, 34. Paizo Inc., 2010
  7. James Jacobs, et al. “Chapter One: Worldwound Gazetteer” in The Worldwound, 6. Paizo Inc., 2013