Golem, Quintessence

This partially humanoid creature appears to be carved of smoky glass. Ghostly, screaming faces swirl within its immense body.

Quintessence Golem CR 20

XP 307,200
N Huge construct (extraplanar)
Init +10; Senses darkvision 60 ft., lifesense, low-light vision; Perception +0
Aura soul siphon (100 ft.)


AC 36, touch 18, flat-footed 26 (+10 Dex, +18 natural, –2 size)
hp 376 (32d10+200); fast healing 20
Fort +10, Ref +20, Will +10
DR 15/epic; Immune construct traits, magic


Speed 30 ft., fly 60 ft. (perfect)
Melee 2 slams +45 (5d10+22 plus energy drain)
Space 15 ft.; Reach 15 ft.
Special Attacks energy drain (2 levels, DC 26)


Str 40, Dex 31, Con —, Int —, Wis 11, Cha 21
Base Atk +32; CMB +49; CMD 69
Skills Fly +14
SQ powerful blows (slam), soul infused


Immunity to Magic (Ex)

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

Powerful Blows (Ex)

A quintessence golem adds 1-1/2 times its Strength bonus to damage rolls for its slam attacks.

Soul Infused (Ex)

A quintessence golem’s animating spark is provided by the flow of souls through it into the Outer Planes and by the potential for life inherent in all quintessence, rather than an imprisoned elemental spirit. As a result, a quintessence golem, while not technically alive, does modify its hit points with its Charisma modifier. These hit points are already calculated into its statistics.

Soul Siphon (Su)

If any creature within 100 feet of a quintessence golem is reduced to negative hit points, it is immediately slain as its spirit is sent on to the afterlife due to the golem’s proximity. Whenever a creature is slain in this way, the quintessence golem regains 100 hit points and gains the effects of haste for 1 round.

Quintessence is the raw material that makes up all matter and life found on the Outer Planes.


Environment any
Organization solitary
Treasure none

With its infinite potential for shape and state, it should come as no surprise that raw quintessence makes an outstanding material (in terms of both quality and price) for the construction of golems. A quintessence golem is among the greatest creations a mortal spellcaster can craft—while not technically alive, the quintessence golem is made of material that aches to live, trapped in a metaphysical state between mortal and immortal life. The quintessence that makes up these golems actually acts as a siphon of sorts that encourages souls to shed their mortal frame and slip into the soulstream to seek their judgment in the afterlife. This fact makes these golems particularly dangerous and quite well suited for the guardianship of powerful temples or graveyards.

Quintessence Golem Construction

A quintessence golem is built from raw, fresh quintessence harvested at great expense from remote corners of the Outer Planes. This material costs no less than 150,000 gp in total.

CL 20th; Price 750,000 gp


Feats Craft Construct; Spells energy drain, geas/quest, trap the soul, and wish; Special creator must be at least caster level 20th; Skill Check(s) Craft (glass) DC 40 and Knowledge (planes) DC 30; Cost 450,000 gp

Section 15: Copyright Notice

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