Rakshasa, Avatarana

Instead of legs, this bald, emaciated humanoid has a second set of long, muscular arms and a leathery flap covering its face.

Avatarana CR 12

XP 19,200
LE Medium outsider (native, rakshasa, shapechanger)
Init +8; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +20


AC 26, touch 15, flat-footed 21 (+4 Dex, +1 dodge, +11 natural)
hp 157 (15d10+75)
Fort +14, Ref +11, Will +11
DR 15/good and piercing; SR 27
Defensive Abilities absolute independence


Speed 40 ft.
Melee 4 claws +21 (1d6+6 plus grab)
Special Attacks corporeal possession, detect thoughts (DC 21)
Psychic Magic (CL 12th; concentration +16)

20 PEdetect magic (0 PE), dimension door (4 PE), dispel magic (3 PE), displacement (3 PE), dominate person (5 PE, DC 19), ego whip III (5 PE, DC 19), expeditious retreat (1 PE), greater invisibility (4 PE), mage hand (0 PE), mind thrust V (5 PE, DC 19), misdirection (2 PE, DC 16), psychic crush I (5 PE, DC 19), ray of enfeeblement (1 PE, DC 15), see invisibility (2 PE), spider climb (2 PE), telekinesis (5 PE, DC 19)


Str 22, Dex 19, Con 20, Int 13, Wis 14, Cha 19
Base Atk +15; CMB +21 (+29 grapple); CMD 36 (38 vs. grapple)
Feats Dodge, Greater Grapple, Heighten Spell, Improved Grapple, Improved Initiative, Improved Unarmed Strike, Lightning Reflexes, Step Up
Skills Bluff +26, Diplomacy +22, Disguise +30, Knowledge (religion) +19, Perception +20, Sense Motive +20, Stealth +22; Racial Modifiers +4 Bluff, +8 Disguise
Languages Common, Infernal, Undercommon; telepathy 100 ft.
SQ change shape (any humanoid; alter self)


Absolute Independence (Ex)

An avatarana is immune to all charm and compulsion spells and effects as well as magic jar, possession, and similar spells and abilities.

Corporeal Possession (Su)

As a full-round action that provokes attacks of opportunity, an avatarana can meld its body into that of a pinned, helpless, or willing humanoid creature adjacent to it. Seeping in through the victim’s skin like mercury, the avatarana usurps control of the body as if it controlled the target via greater possession. When the avatarana leaves the possessed body, it reappears in a free space of its choice adjacent to the victim.


Environment any
Organization solitary, cult (1 plus 6–36 humanoid followers)
Treasure standard

Avatarana are among the most deformed and monstrous of rakshasas, taking that race’s corruption of the humanoid form to an unsettling extreme. Most mortals who witness these fiends in motion find them fundamentally unnerving, as their gangly limbs and awkward anatomy seem to work against each other—yet still manage to propel the creature forward with the speed of a hunting cat. A flap of taut, leathery flesh covers the face of every avatarana. While not a part of the rakshasa’s body, the covering can’t be removed—some grotesque magic fuses it to the creature’s body. Indistinct shapes are visible behind this featureless mask. Many who glimpse an avatarana get the unsettling impression that their own features lie beneath this veil, making the rakshasa’s appearance all the more unnerving. Those few grimly zealous investigators who have cut away an avatarana’s facial covering find nothing below but hollow, uneven cavities. The shapes beneath never seem to correspond with what the covering suggests.

Avataranas are rarely seen by their prey before they attack. Rather, they physically merge with unsuspecting mortals, invading their bodies and controlling them to perform terrible acts.

Avataranas lust for power and they patiently work their way up social ladders, finding more impressive and influential individuals to possess. They strive to mimic the day-to-day actions of those they possess to keep up their disguises, but their viciousness increasingly shows. Only when others turn against their victims do avataranas release their control, leaving their prey to deal with the ramifications of the rakshasa’s acts.

Occasionally, avataranas employ lesser rakshasas to aid them, using these minions to perform tasks that are too demanding for mortal followers.

If forced to stand on their rear limbs, avataranas stand approximately 6 feet tall. They weigh about 125 pounds.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Occult Bestiary © 2015, Paizo Inc.; Authors: Josh Colon, John Compton, Paris Crenshaw, Adam Daigle, Eleanor Ferron, James Jacobs, Joe Homes, Mikko Kallio, Mike Kimmel, Ron Lundeen, Kate Marshall, Kalervo Oikarinen, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, and F. Wesley Schneider.

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