Can a rakshasa have any animal's head?

Pathfinder First Edition General Discussion

I like the idea of one with a rabbit or squirrel's head who acts extra evil to make up for it.

Under the heading of the common Rakshasa it says they often have heads like great cats, though other animals, from snakes to jackals, are not unknown. Here is a link to all the Rakshasa types in PF, I believe.


If you're the DM, they can look like whatever you want them to look like. Doesn't matter what the 'official' line is. It's your game and your game world, do what you want with it.

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens Subscriber

Given the description of what is required to make someone a fiend I don't see why one might not have the head of a cute animal instead.

They're personality is mostly tied to the 7 sins so all that is required is a link between one of these and the animal you want.

So the person have been a cowardly/suspicious individual in life and now in death they have a rabbits head and are always standing tall when they think they are being observed and refer to run away and hide when confronted and strike hidden from the shadows

Dark Archive

I would generally assume that only carnivorous animals (including omnivores like bears and boars, and carrion-eaters like vultures and hyenas) would be choices, but I do love the idea of rakshasa who have non-threatening herbivorous animal heads, like one with a doe's head or a rabbit's head or a dove's head, to catch people off-guard, perhaps being prone to pretending to 'be one of the good ones' and tricking humans into all sorts of perfidy, out of sheer wickedness.

(The original picture that spurred the idea, IIRC, from Dieties and Demigods, showed rakshasa with a tigers head, a boars head and some sort of bird head.)

We haven't seen any rakshasa with insect, fish or reptile heads. That would be neat, one with a crocodile head, or a praying mantis head.

I love the idea that the original animal-headed 'gods' of some quasi-Egyptian setting were rakshasa, taking advantage of their relative invulnerability to mundane weapons and low-level magic, immortality and innate sorcery, to lord it over the humans of that kingdom...

There have been two I know of with crocodile heads. One in serpent's skull, and the one that is Einherjar101's avatar there.

Community / Forums / Pathfinder / Pathfinder First Edition / General Discussion / Can a rakshasa have any animal's head? All Messageboards

Want to post a reply? Sign in.