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Barbazu (Bearded Devil)

Barbazus, known also as bearded devils or infantry devils, are murderous fiends who satiate their lust for annihilation by serving as the foot soldiers of Hell’s armies, often leading hordes of lesser devils such as imps and lemures into battle. Bearded devils wield serrated glaives to inflict jagged gashes that resist healing magic, resulting in tremendous blood loss. When enemies come too close, bearded devils strike with the spines of their wriggling beards to deliver a wretched contagion called Avernal fever, savoring the sight of their victim’s strength being slowly devoured from within.

Barbazus can be found savagely indulging the whims of evil infernal lords from all layers of Hell, rejoicing as they disseminate murder, misery, and anguish as they see fit.

Recall Knowledge - Fiend (Religion): DC 20

BarbazuCreature 5

Source Bestiary pg. 88
Perception +13; greater darkvision
Languages Celestial, Common, Draconic, Infernal; telepathy 100 feet
Skills Acrobatics +11, Athletics +13, Intimidation +10, Religion +11, Stealth +11
Str +4, Dex +2, Con +4, Int -2, Wis +2, Cha +1
Items glaive
AC 22, Fort +15, Ref +11, Will +11; +1 status to all saves vs. magic
HP 60; Immunities fire; Resistances physical 5 (except silver), poison 10; Weaknesses good 5
Attack of Opportunity ReactionReaction
Speed 35 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action glaive +15 (deadly 1d8, evil, forceful, magical, reach 10 feet), Damage 1d8+7 slashing plus 2d6 evil and infernal woundMelee Single ActionSingle Action claw +15 (agile, evil, magical), Damage 2d6+7 slashing plus 1d6 evilMelee Single ActionSingle Action beard +15 (magical), Damage 1d6+7 piercing plus Avernal feverDivine Innate Spells DC 19; 5th dimension door; 4th dimension door (at will)
Rituals DC 19; 1st infernal pact
Avernal Fever (disease) Saving Throw DC 23 Fortitude; Stage 1 carrier with no ill effect (1 day); Stage 2 enfeebled 1 (1 day); Stage 3 enfeebled 2 (1 day)Infernal Wound (divine, necromancy) A bearded devil’s glaive Strike also deals 1d6 persistent bleed damage that resists attempts to heal it. The flat check to stop the bleeding starts at DC 20. The DC is reduced to 15 only if the bleeding creature or an ally successfully assists with the recovery.
The DC to Administer First Aid to a creature with an infernal wound is increased by 5. A spellcaster or item attempting to use healing magic on a creature suffering from an infernal wound must succeed at a DC 21 counteract check or the magic fails to heal the creature.
Reposition Free ActionFree Action Trigger The devil hits a creature with a glaive Strike. Effect The devil moves the creature 5 feet in any direction. The destination square must be within reach of the devil’s glaive. This movement doesn’t trigger reactions.Wriggling Beard Single ActionSingle Action Frequency once per round. Effect The barbazu makes a beard Strike. This Strike ignores their multiple attack penalty and doesn’t count toward that penalty.

All Monsters in "Devil"

Barbazu (Bearded Devil)5
Cornugon (Horned Devil)16
Erinys (Fury Devil)8
Gelugon (Ice Devil)13
Osyluth (Bone Devil)9
Phistophilus (Contract Devil)10
Pit Fiend (Tyrant Devil)20


Source Bestiary pg. 86
Masters of corruption and architects of conquest, devils seek both to tempt mortal life to join in their pursuit of all things profane and to spread tyranny throughout all worlds. The temptations they offer mortals range from great powers granted by the signing of an infernal contract to twisted favors following a whispered pledge to a diabolic patron, or any number of even subtler exchanges. Those who succumb to these temptations find themselves consigned to an afterlife of endless torment in the pits of Hell, wherein the only hope of escape lies in the chance of being promoted to become a devil in the infernal ranks. Every devil has a specific role to play in the upkeep of the remorseless bureaucratic machine that is Hell, from soldiers and scholars to inquisitors, lawyers, judges, and executioners. Lowly lemures and imps perform subservient labor to more powerful and specialized devils, such as contract devils and erinyes, while the greatest pit fiends command entire infernal armies.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Archdevils

At any one time, eight archdevils rule the eight upper layers of Hell, while the deepest layer is ruled by Asmodeus. Each archdevil is a unique demigod with a dedicated role in guiding the infernal machine forward. Barbatos is the doorwarden of Hellʼs uppermost layer, while Dispater rules Hellʼs largest city. Mammon guards Hellʼs treasuries, and Belial designs new weapons for Hellʼs legions. Geryon is the oldest archdevil and keeper of many secrets, while Moloch leads Hellʼs armies. Baalzebul is a brooding archdevil who has fallen from Asmodeusʼs favor, while mighty Mephistopheles was formed from the plane of Hell itself.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Diabolic Divinities

Many unique and powerful devils hold positions of power in Hell. The most numerous of these are the infernal dukes, many of whom were promoted to this position from already impressive statures as pit fiends. The supreme ruler of Hell itself is Asmodeus, the Prince of Darkness. Between these two tiers rule the eight archdevils—see the sidebar on the facing page.

Sidebar - Locations Diabolic Locations

The nine layers of Hell are the planar home of all devils, and they much prefer its tyrannically ordered environs to anywhere else in the multiverse. Yet devils can be encountered anywhere mortals can be tempted by infernal bargains or seek diabolic aid. On Golarion, the nation of Cheliax is particularly aligned with Hell. Its government is based upon Hellʼs organization, and the state church is that of Asmodeus.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Fiendish Relations

Devils view daemonsʼ constant hunt for souls as a short-sighted waste of potential, and demonsʼ chaotic destruction of society and flesh as uncivilized and obnoxious, but they do not loathe their fiendish counterparts. Indeed, most devils are more than willing to take advantage of daemons and demons as they can to further their own machinations.

Sidebar - Related Creatures Other Devils

The devils presented on these pages are a small sampling of the torments Hell has to offer. Other devils, like the inquisition-focused bone devils, the cherub-faced and fly-bodied accuser devils, and the aquatic drowning devil are a few examples of these widespread immortal creatures.