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A race of beastkin known as the coldborn.

Beastkin is a term for all creatures who have gained the ability to transform partially or completely into an animal while retaining a strong connection to their humanoid side.1 They are sometimes, though often ignorantly, referred to as skinwalkers. The most common variety attained their abilities through being descended from werecreatures.2


Beastkin often become barbarians, druids, fighters, rangers, rogues, sorcerers, and witches.3


Beastkin vary depending from which animal they have gained their characteristics, depending from which species of werecreature they are descended, and can be classified into a number of different heritages.2


Bloodmarked (also known as werebat-kin) are descended from the sinister werebat race. Although not as vicious as their bestial forebears, the bloodmarked are known for their lust for blood, love of strict rules, and following the flock mentality.4


A coldborn battles with Jendara Eriksson.

The descendants of the solitary werebears call themselves the coldborn or werebear-kin, and are most often known as fierce defenders of Golarion's wild places, especially in northern Avistan and Tian Xia.5


Weretiger-kin, or fanglords as they sometimes call themselves, are most commonly encountered in distant Vudra, Tian Xia, Jalmeray, and the Mwangi Expanse. Convinced of their own greatness, these beastkin are known for their unpredictable behavior and fickle attitudes.6


Nightskulks can trace their lineages back to wererats, and most often rely on stealth or subterfuge to make their way in the world.7


The ragebred or wereboar-kin have all of their ancestors' fierce temperament, stubbornness, and fiery emotions.8


Chea, a crocodilekin.

Scalehearts, the distant progeny of werecrocodiles, are most commonly found in the Shackles, Osirion, and Thuvia. They most often display a steely calm, but are also known for their patience and ruthlessness.9


The descendants of the fearsome weresharks, seascarred or wereshark-kin see themselves as nobility among the other races of beastkin. Their methods are usually quite blunt, and they prefer simple lives of hunting and eating.10


Witchwolves or werewolf-kin are perhaps the most common race of beastkin to be found throughout the Inner Sea region and beyond. They generally live amongst themselves in small, semi-nomadic communities and make their livings as entertainers, mystics, or adventurers.11

Other beastkin

Beastkin can have the characteristics of almost any animal or beast, including dinosaurs, wasps, eagles, spiders, and many more.1

On Golarion

Beastkin live in both Avistan and Garund, particularly in areas where werecreatures are more active, such as Andoran, Cheliax, the Lands of the Linnorm Kings, and the Ironbound Archipelago.12 Beastkin are most common on the continent of Arcadia.1213


  1. 1.0 1.1 Luis Loza. Beastkin” in Ancestry Guide, 78–79. Paizo Inc., 2021
  2. 2.0 2.1 Tim Akers, et al. “Skinwalkers” in Blood of the Moon, 6–7. Paizo Inc., 2013
  3. Luis Loza. Beastkin” in Ancestry Guide, 79. Paizo Inc., 2021
  4. Tim Akers, et al. “Werebat-Kin” in Blood of the Moon, 8–9. Paizo Inc., 2013
  5. Tim Akers, et al. “Werebear-Kin” in Blood of the Moon, 10–11. Paizo Inc., 2013
  6. Tim Akers, et al. “Weretiger-Kin” in Blood of the Moon, 22–23. Paizo Inc., 2013
  7. Tim Akers, et al. “Wererat-Kin” in Blood of the Moon, 18–19. Paizo Inc., 2013
  8. Tim Akers, et al. “Wereboar-Kin” in Blood of the Moon, 12–13. Paizo Inc., 2013
  9. Tim Akers, et al. “Werecrocdile-Kin” in Blood of the Moon, 14–15. Paizo Inc., 2013
  10. Tim Akers, et al. “Wereshark-Kin” in Blood of the Moon, 20–21. Paizo Inc., 2013
  11. Tim Akers, et al. “Werewolf-Kin” in Blood of the Moon, 24–25. Paizo Inc., 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 Benjamin Bruck, et al. “Chapter 3: Rare Races” in Inner Sea Races, 188. Paizo Inc., 2015
  13. Saif Ansari, et al. “Introduction” in Heroes of Golarion, 2. Paizo Inc., 2019