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Type Outsider
(extraplanar, lawful)
CR 17
Environment Any (Boneyard)

Source: Bestiary 3, pg(s). 244

Shinigamis are a race of outsiders from the Boneyard who impartially and professionally hunt down those who would seek to disrupt the balance of life.[1][2]


A shinigami resembles an emaciated, robed humanoid with skeletal wings that wields a bone scythe. It is nine feet tall and weighs 130 pounds.[1]


The merciless shinigamis seek to inflict quick, just deaths upon their quarries, do not seek to impose needless suffering, and do not take pleasure in their jobs. There are exceptions: some individual shinigamis, considered rogues by others, are either willing to listen to their victims' plight and grant clemency; or are willing to be bribed to let certain dastardly targets survive.[1]

Resurrection sometimes falls under a shinigami's purview, if the subject's return perturbs social or natural order. However, some shinigamis use their mandate as an excuse to get rid of resurrected mortals when bribed.[3]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Jesse Benner et al. (2011). Bestiary 3 (First Edition), p. 244. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-378-1
  2. Robert Brookes et al. (2018). Planar Adventures, p. 178. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-044-6
  3. Patchen Mortimer. (2018). Cheating Death. The Twilight Child, p. 78. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-032-3