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A tiger.
Type Animal
CR 4 (common tiger)
8 (dire tiger)
Environment Any forests (common tiger)
Any forests, plains, or swamps (dire tiger)
Adjective Tigerish, tiger-like, tigrine, tigroid
Images of tigers

Source: Bestiary, pg(s). 265

Tigers are large, feline apex predators that inhabit some temperate, tropical, and subtropical forest regions. They kill and eat all kinds of large animals, even other big cats. The deadliest tigers have developed a taste for humanoid flesh and become man-eaters. Tigers thrive in areas that offer fresh water and cover from prey.[1]

Dire tiger

The dire tiger, known to scholars as smilodon and primitive tribes as the saber-toothed tiger, is even bigger and stronger than the common tiger. These huge felines possess fangs the size of daggers that protrude even when their mouths are shut. Dire tigers live in a wider range of terrain types, from forests to plains or swamps.[1] Taiga giants sometimes collect smilodon fangs.[2]

On Golarion

A flaming tiger

Tigers are among the most common great cats on Golarion, and as such have been adopted by many nations and religions as symbols.


Tigers can be found in many corners of the world, including the Mwangi Expanse,[3] the Takalak Hills on Motaku Isle in the Shackles,[4] the Tapur Forest of Qadira,[5] Vudra,[6] and parts of Tian Xia.

Smilodons dwell in the Realm of the Mammoth Lords,[7] the Mwangi Expanse,[3] Icemark[8] and the Thanelands in the Lands of the Linnorm Kings,[9] and the Forest of Spirits,[10] among other places.

As symbols

The tiger is one of the national symbols of Bachuan, representing the indigenous people (in opposition to the government, represented by an imperial dragon).[11] The Tiger Lords tribe from the Stolen Lands of the River Kingdoms named themselves after the dire tiger, and revere an immense smilodon named Speartooth as their totem.[12]

The tiger is sacred to the god Yaezhing, who is depicted as a tiger-headed man with human eyes.[13] The goddess Chamidu is said to ride a tiger with human hands for paws.[14] Cheu Chem, a servant of the god Irori, is a sentient white tiger from the heavenly realms.[15] White tigers are also among Irori's favored animals.[16]

The tiger was the totem of Mahka Abihcara, the sorcerer who was reincarnated as the first rakshasa. To this day, the majority of rakshasas have the heads of tigers,[17] as do the rakshasa immortals Ravana and Aksha.[18]

The Empyreal lord Jaidz's natural form is a black tiger with ghostly white spots, and his sacred animal and rites of worship feature tigers.[19] The tiger is also the sacred animal of the infernal duke Ose[20] and the harbinger Zelishkar.[21] The saber-toothed tiger is the sacred animal of gods Zursvaater[22] and Lanishra.[23]

As lycanthropes

Lycanthropes who can take the form of a tiger are known as weretigers, and are most common in Vudra and Tian Xia.[24]

In the Great Beyond

Tree tigers with green rather than orange coats live in the canopy of the enormous trees of the Enchanted Wood, in the Dreamlands. Unlike their more solitary kin on the Material Plane, the Dreamlands' arboreal tigers live and hunt in small groups.[25]

Worshippers of Irori who attain enlightenment before their deaths are transformed into tiger-like servitors of their god known as pavbaghas.[26]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Paizo Staff. (2009). Pathfinder RPG Bestiary, p. 265. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-183-1
  2. Jason Nelson. (2012). Taiga Giant. Giants Revisited, p. 64. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-412-2
  3. 3.0 3.1 Tim Hitchcock et al. (2010). Heart of the Jungle, p. 64. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-247-0
  4. Mike Shel. (2012). Isles of the Shackles, p. 11. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-408-5
  5. Jessica Price. (2017). Qadira, Jewel of the East, p. 41. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-912-7
  6. Richard Pett. (2008). Escape from Old Korvosa. Escape from Old Korvosa, p. 43. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-092-6
  7. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 94. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  8. Matthew Goodall, Jonathan Keith, Colin McComb, and Rob McCreary. (2011). Lands of the Linnorm Kings, p. 19. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-365-1
  9. Matthew Goodall, Jonathan Keith, Colin McComb, and Rob McCreary. (2011). Lands of the Linnorm Kings, p. 30. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-365-1
  10. Richard Pett. (2011). Forest of Spirits. Forest of Spirits, p. 18. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-380-4
  11. James Jacobs, Dave Gross, Rob McCreary. (2011). Dragon Empires Gazetteer, p. 19. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-379-8
  12. Neil Spicer. (2010). Blood for Blood. Blood for Blood, p. 22. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-251-7
  13. James Jacobs, Dave Gross, Rob McCreary. (2011). Dragon Empires Gazetteer, p. 63. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-379-8
  14. Richard Pett. (2008). Escape from Old Korvosa. Escape from Old Korvosa, p. 33. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-092-6
  15. Sean K Reynolds. (2008). Gods and Magic, p. 23. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-139-8
  16. Amanda Hamon, Philip Minchin, Jason Nelson, et al. (2013). Animal Archive, p. inside back cover. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-487-7
  17. Owen K.C. Stephens. (2008). Faces of the Earthbound Evils. Escape from Old Korvosa, p. 61. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-092-6
  18. John Compton, Adam Daigle, Amanda Hamon Kunz, et al. (2017). Book of the Damned, p. 130. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-970-7
  19. Amber Scott. (2013). Chronicle of the Righteous, p. 16. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-506-8
  20. F. Wesley Schneider. (2009). Princes of Darkness, p. 8. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-189-3
  21. Todd Stewart. (2011). Horsemen of the Apocalypse, p. 25. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-373-6
  22. Sean K Reynolds. (2015). Zursvaater. Anvil of Fire, p. 62-67. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-729-1
  23. Sean K Reynolds et al. (2014). Inner Sea Gods, p. 187. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-597-6
  24. James Jacobs, Rob McCreary, and F. Wesley Schneider. (2010). Classic Horrors Revisited, p. 62. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-202-9
  25. Ron Lundeen. (2016). Dreams of the Yellow King. Dreams of the Yellow King, p. 28. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-899-1
  26. Sean K Reynolds et al. (2014). Inner Sea Gods, p. 295. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-597-6

External links

  • Tiger (real-world animal) on Wikipedia
  • Smilodon (extinct real-world animal) on Wikipedia