Golem, Bone

This horrific humanoid figure is a mass of bones and skulls tied together with slick ropes of sinew.

Bone Golem CR 8

XP 4,800
N Large construct
Init +6; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +0


AC 21, touch 11, flat-footed 19 (+2 Dex, +10 natural, -1 size)
hp 90 (11d10+30)
Fort +3, Ref +5, Will +3
DR 5/adamantine and bludgeoning; Immune construct traits, magic


Speed 30 ft.
Melee bite +14 (1d8+4), 2 slams +14 (2d6+4)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks bone prison (ranged touch +12)


Str 18, Dex 15, Con —, Int —, Wis 10, Cha 1
Base Atk +11; CMB +16 (+20 disarm or grapple); CMD 28
Feats Improved InitiativeB


Bone Prison (Ex)

As a standard action, a bone golem can throw some of its bones at a creature within 30 feet—it must make a ranged touch attack to hit. These bones magically duplicate and form a cage surrounding struck creatures. Each round, the cage makes a combat maneuver check to deal the golem’s slam damage, using the golem’s CMB. If the check fails, the target is still trapped but takes no damage. The target can escape the grapple normally, or can break out of the bones by dealing 15 points of damage to the prison, which has the same AC, DR, and saves as the bone golem itself. Damage to the prison has no effect on the golem. The golem can only have one bone prison active at a time. If it wishes to create a second one, it (or some other creature) must first destroy the existing one.

Immunity to Magic (Ex)

A bone golem is immune to any spell or spell-like ability that allows spell resistance. In addition, certain spells and abilities function differently against the creature, as noted below.

  • Magical effects that heal living creatures slow a bone golem (as the slow spell) for 1d4 rounds (no save).
  • A magical attack that deals negative energy damage breaks any slow effect on the golem and heals 1 point of damage for every 3 points of damage the attack would otherwise deal. If the healing would cause the golem to exceed its full normal hit points, it gains any excess as temporary hit points. A bone golem gets no saving throw against attacks that deal negative energy damage.
  • A raise dead, resurrection, or true resurrection spell negates its DR and immunity to magic for 1 minute.


The golem’s body consists of bones from at least a dozen Medium or larger skeletons. The bones must be treated with oils and shellac worth 1,000 gp.

CL 9th; Price 41,000 gp


Craft Construct, geas/quest, limited wish, telekinesis, and either animate dead or animate objects; Special creator must be at least caster level 9th; Skill Craft (sculpture) or Heal DC 15; Cost 21,000 gp


Environment any
Organization solitary or gang (2-4)
Treasure none

Bone golems are most often crafted as guardians of tombs—and sometimes formed from the very corpses they guard.

Section 15: Copyright Notice
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 3, © 2011, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Authors Jesse Benner, Jason Bulmahn, Adam Daigle, James Jacobs, Michael Kenway, Rob McCreary, Patrick Renie, Chris Sims, F. Wesley Schneider, James L. Sutter, and Russ Taylor, based on material by Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, and Skip Williams.
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