From PathfinderWiki
(Redirected from Stag)
An elk, a species of deer.

The term deer1 refers to several species of hoofed herd animals. Male deer are often referred to as stags or harts, while female deer are termed hinds.2 Barasingha,3 dunlied,4 elk, megaloceroses,5 moose6 reindeer,7 and taiga caribous8 are all species of deer.


Most deer have four long, slender legs ending in hooves, long snouted faces, and bodies resembling slender horses. All male deer grow and shed antlers,2 and females of some deer species such as the emperor stag do as well.9


Deer are foraging creatures who are most active at night and rest during the day.10 They are a popular target of rural hunters as food animals.11 Some hunters also mount the antlers or taxidermied heads of deer as trophies,1213 and trappers value deer hides.14 Since deer graze on plants, they are sometimes predators of leshies.15

Deer are often in contact with dryads in forests that they share.16

Deer are prey of many predators, including amphisbaenas,17 bears,8 chupacabras,18 dragons,19 dromornises,20 frost giants,21 hippogriffs,13 hydras,22 noppera-bos,23 pagulins,24 panthers,3 phoenixes,25 river drakes,26 tigers,3 trolls,27 wolves,28 wendigos,7 wyverns,29 yetis,30 and giant badgers31 and monitor lizards.32

A wounded deer emits a high-pitched keening.33

On Golarion

Deer species exist in many parts of Golarion, including but not limited to Andoran,29 Bhopan,34 Druma,35 Cheliax,36 Iobaria,19 Irrisen,373839 Minkai,4041 the Mwangi Expanse,42 the Realm of the Mammoth Lords,4344 the River Kingdoms,45464748 Sarkoris,4950 the Shackles,51 Taldor,15 and Ustalav.52

The Sureshire family spuriously claimed to have bred the first Taldan warhorses from wild deer and unicorns.53

Some barbarians channel their rage into the instinctual behaviors of deer and use antlers in combat,54 and such wielders of weapons engraved with the fanged rune can transform into deer.55 Spellcasters who know the animal form spell can transform into deer,56 as can imbibers of Skogg Bloodhammer's namesake Bloodhammer Reserve.57 The magical tattoo known as the tooth and claw tattoo can grant the ability to communicate with deer.58

As food

Deer meat, alternatively called venison59 is particularly valued in Druma, where their grazing diet is considered cleaner than other animals', and deer feature prominently in Drumish fables.35


Deer are adopted variously as heraldic symbols. For instance, deer imagery is used throughout Hartsfall Keep in Brevoy and suggests the original owner was a hunter.60

In the Great Beyond

Deer are a favored animal of Erastil;6162 kinbonded bows devoted to Erastil bear engraved depictions of leaping deer.63 Stag archons resemble stag-headed humanoids with large sets of antlers.64 Erastil's herald is the 30-foot-tall Grim White Stag.6566

Kellid legends suggest deer were solitary creatures until they learned the power of becoming a herd from the empyreal lord Rowdrosh.67

Erecura, queen of Dis, also holds deer sacred.68


  1. The singular and plural forms are both "deer".
  2. 2.0 2.1 Deer on Wikipedia.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Paizo Inc., et al. Jalmeray” in Impossible Lands, 184. Paizo Inc., 2022
  4. Jason Bulmahn, et al. “Chapter 1” in Crown of the Kobold King, 25. Paizo Inc., 2022
  5. Steven Helt, et al. “Appendices” in Kingmaker Adventure Path, 608. Paizo Inc., 2022
  6. Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A-Z” in Bestiary 3, 173. Paizo Inc., 2021
  7. 7.0 7.1 Greg A. Vaughan. Wendigo” in Mythical Monsters Revisited, 62. Paizo Inc., 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 Steven Hammond. Tarnbreaker's Trail, 16. Paizo Inc., 2019
  9. Mark Moreland, et al. “Bestiary” in Taldor, the First Empire, 61. Paizo Inc., 2017
  10. Rigby Bendele, et al. “Everyday Life” in Travel Guide, 12. Paizo Inc., 2022
  11. Rigby Bendele, et al. “Everyday Life” in Travel Guide, 16. Paizo Inc., 2022
  12. James Jacobs. “Malevolence” in Malevolence, 20. Paizo Inc., 2021
  13. 13.0 13.1 Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A-Z” in Bestiary 2, 143. Paizo Inc., 2020
  14. Steven Helt, et al. “Chapter 2: Into the Wild” in Kingmaker Adventure Path, 58. Paizo Inc., 2022
  15. 15.0 15.1 Eleanor Ferron & Linda Zayas-Palmer. “Adventure” in A Fistful of Flowers, 5. Paizo Inc., 2022
  16. Amanda Hamon. Dryad” in Fey Revisited, 6. Paizo Inc., 2013
  17. Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A-Z” in Bestiary 3, 15. Paizo Inc., 2021
  18. Thurston Hillman. Blood of the Beautiful, 7. Paizo Inc., 2020
  19. 19.0 19.1 Savannah Broadway, et al. Sjohvor (Great Wyrm White Dragon)” in Dragons Unleashed, 44. Paizo Inc., 2013
  20. Luis Loza. “Adventure Toolbox” in Despair on Danger Island, 83. Paizo Inc., 2021
  21. Brian R. James. Frost Giant” in Giants Revisited, 23. Paizo Inc., 2012
  22. Steven Helt, et al. “Chapter 2: Into the Wild” in Kingmaker Adventure Path, 103. Paizo Inc., 2022
  23. Sen.H.H.S.. “The Summer That Never Was” in The Summer That Never Was, 57. Paizo Inc., 2023
  24. Piper Amatrudi, et al. “Chapter 3: Highhelm Options” in Highhelm, 131. Paizo Inc., 2023
  25. Jesse Benner. Phoenix” in Mythical Monsters Revisited, 47. Paizo Inc., 2012
  26. Logan Bonner, et al. “Monsters A-Z” in Bestiary, 131. Paizo Inc., 2019
  27. Steven Helt, et al. “Chapter 4: Rivers Run Red” in Kingmaker Adventure Path, 204. Paizo Inc., 2022
  28. Paizo Inc., et al. “Appendix 14: Encounter Tables” in Bestiary, 334. Paizo Inc., 2009
  29. 29.0 29.1 Mike McArtor. “Chapter 1: Wilds” in Guide to Darkmoon Vale, 22. Paizo Inc., 2008
  30. Ray Vallese. Yeti” in Mystery Monsters Revisited, 60. Paizo Inc., 2012
  31. Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A-Z” in Bestiary 2, 32. Paizo Inc., 2020
  32. Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A to Z” in Bestiary, 228. Paizo Inc., 2009
  33. Steven Helt, et al. “Chapter 10: Sound of a Thousand Screams” in Kingmaker Adventure Path, 428. Paizo Inc., 2022
  34. Alexander Augunas. The Thorned Monarch, 11. Paizo Inc., 2020
  35. 35.0 35.1 John Compton & Thurston Hillman. “Overview” in Druma, Profit and Prophecy, 31. Paizo Inc., 2019
  36. Amanda Hamon, et al. “Adventures in Cheliax” in Cheliax, The Infernal Empire, 40. Paizo Inc., 2015
  37. James Case, et al. Curses and Pacts” in Dark Archive, 171. Paizo Inc., 2022
  38. Mike Shel. Irrisen” in Irrisen, Land of Eternal Winter, 8. Paizo Inc., 2013
  39. Mike Shel. Irrisen” in Irrisen, Land of Eternal Winter, 26. Paizo Inc., 2013
  40. Adrian Ng. Mountain of Sea and Sky, 8. Paizo Inc., 2020
  41. Christopher Wasko. Lost on the Spirit Road, 6. Paizo Inc., 2019
  42. Amber Stewart, et al. “Mwangi Campaigns” in Heart of the Jungle, 26. Paizo Inc., 2010
  43. Ron Lundeen & Stephanie Lundeen. “Broken Tusk Moon” in Broken Tusk Moon, 15. Paizo Inc., 2022
  44. Erik Mona, et al. “Chapter 2: The Inner Sea” in Campaign Setting, 94. Paizo Inc., 2008
  45. Steven Helt, et al. “Chapter 2: Into the Wild” in Kingmaker Adventure Path, 56. Paizo Inc., 2022
  46. Alison McKenzie. Gralton” in Guide to the River Kingdoms, 19. Paizo Inc., 2010
  47. Jason Nelson. Lambreth” in Guide to the River Kingdoms, 22. Paizo Inc., 2010
  48. Richard Baker, et al. Thornkeep, 7. Goblinworks, Inc., Paizo Inc., 2012
  49. Amanda Hamon. Dryad” in Fey Revisited, 9. Paizo Inc., 2013 , as the Worldwound.
  50. Wolfgang Baur, et al. Sarkoris” in Lost Kingdoms, 45. Paizo Inc., 2012
  51. Mike Shel. “Shackles Gazetteer” in Isles of the Shackles, 25. Paizo Inc., 2012
  52. F. Wesley Schneider. “Counties” in Rule of Fear, 20. Paizo Inc., 2011
  53. Mark Moreland, et al. “Gazetteer” in Taldor, the First Empire, 23. Paizo Inc., 2017
  54. Logan Bonner, et al. “3: Classes” in Core Rulebook, 86. Paizo Inc., 2019
  55. Tineke Bolleman, et al. The Unscathed Blade” in Grand Bazaar, 106. Paizo Inc., 2021
  56. Logan Bonner, et al. “7: Spells” in Core Rulebook, 317. Paizo Inc., 2019
  57. Piper Amatrudi, et al. “Chapter 2: Gazetteer” in Highhelm, 86. Paizo Inc., 2023
  58. Michael Sayre, et al. “Trappings of Power” in Treasure Vault, 122. Paizo Inc., 2023
  59. Venison on Wikipedia.
  60. Crystal Malarsky. On the Border of War, 7. Paizo Inc., 2017
  61. Erik Mona, et al. “Chapter 3: Religion” in Campaign Setting, 162. Paizo Inc., 2008
  62. James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 220. Paizo Inc., 2011
  63. Sean K Reynolds, et al. Inner Sea Gods, 256. Paizo Inc., 2014
  64. Sean K Reynolds, et al. Inner Sea Gods, 287. Paizo Inc., 2014
  65. Adam Daigle, et al. “Bestiary” in Rivers Run Red, 85–86. Paizo Inc., 2010
  66. Sean K Reynolds, et al. Inner Sea Gods, 286. Paizo Inc., 2014
  67. Amber E. Scott. “Lords of the Empyrean” in Chronicle of the Righteous, 22. Paizo Inc., 2013
  68. Sean K Reynolds, et al. Inner Sea Gods, 316–317. Paizo Inc., 2014

External links

  • Deer (real-world animal) on Wikipedia
  • Venison (real-world meat) on Wikipedia