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A volcano is the holy symbol of Yamatsumi.

A volcano is a mountain or rupture in the earth that allows hot lava, ash, and gases to escape from a magma chamber below the surface.1 Three broad types of volcano exist:

  • cinder cones are made up of compacted ash and volcanic debris, and most erupt only briefly before becoming inactive;
  • shield volcanoes are low and broad, due to the lava they erupt flowing for large distances before cooling;
  • stratovolcanoes are steeply sloped and much higher than the other two types, the lava they erupt tending to cool quickly and before it can flow very far.

A volcano's activity may cause its magma reservoirs to empty out, at which point the mountain may collapse into the resulting cavern to form a crater-like caldera. A caldera may still remain volcanically active, as is the case with those containing the Gorum Pots of Numeria and Terwa Lake in the Mwangi Expanse.2

Despite their hostile natures, volcanoes are often home to a variety of creature such as fire giants, red, magma and underworld dragons, fire and magma elementals, thoqquas, fire whales and magma oozes.23

Volcanoes often arise in areas where the boundaries between the Material Plane and the Plane of Fire are thin.2 When a volcano erupts, the sheer elemental force released often creates a new portal to the Plane of Fire.4

Prominent volcanoes

See also: Category:Volcanoes

In religion


Paizo published a major article on volcanoes by Russ Taylor in Anvil of Fire, titled "Volcanoes of Golarion".

For additional as-yet unincorporated sources about this subject, see the Meta page.

  1. Volcano, Wikipedia.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Sean K Reynolds. Zursvaater” in Anvil of Fire, 69–70. Paizo Inc., 2015
  3. Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A to Z” in Bestiary 6, 128. Paizo Inc., 2017
  4. Logan Bonner, et al. “Fire” in Rage of Elements, 112. Paizo Inc., 2023
  5. Mark Moreland, et al. “Gazetteer” in Taldor, the First Empire, 20. Paizo Inc., 2017
  6. James Jacobs. (June 15, 2011). Mountains of Golarion and their sizes, Paizo Boards.
  7. Mark Moreland, et al. “Gazetteer” in Taldor, the First Empire, 38. Paizo Inc., 2017
  8. Jason Bulmahn, et al. “Bestiary” in The Armageddon Echo, 83. Paizo Inc., 2008
  9. James Jacobs, et al. “Regions of the Dragon Empires” in Dragon Empires Gazetteer, 22. Paizo Inc., 2011
  10. Larry Wilhelm. What Sleeps in Stone, 5. Paizo Inc., 2017
  11. Robert Brookes, et al. “Chapter 3: The Great Beyond” in Planar Adventures, 140. Paizo Inc., 2018
  12. Larry Wilhelm. What Sleeps in Stone, 3. Paizo Inc., 2017
  13. James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 153. Paizo Inc., 2011
  14. James Jacobs, et al. “Regions of the Dragon Empires” in Dragon Empires Gazetteer, 33. Paizo Inc., 2011
  15. James Jacobs, et al. “Life in the Dragon Empires” in Dragon Empires Gazetteer, 63. Paizo Inc., 2011