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Obsidian Golem

The art of golem animation is not limited to societies with access to expensive crafting materials or a long history of arcane mastery. Among the resource-poor xulgaths who dwell in the Darklands, especially those hardy clutches that call the Black Desert their home, obsidian is one of the most common crafting materials available. Combine this ingredient with a powerful spellcaster and the xulgath tradition of inflection—magically warping and working normally inflexible stone—and the end result is an obsidian golem.

Recall Knowledge - Construct (Arcana, Crafting): DC 37
Unspecific Lore: DC 35
Specific Lore: DC 32

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Obsidian GolemCreature 16

Source Pathfinder #155: Lord of the Black Sands pg. 80
Perception +28; darkvision
Skills Athletics +33
Str +9, Dex +6, Con +5, Int -5, Wis +0, Cha -5
AC 40; Fort +29, Ref +24, Will +26
HP 230; Immunities bleed, death effects, disease, doomed, drained, fatigued, fire (see below), healing, magic (see below), mental, necromancy, nonlethal attacks, paralyzed, poison, sickened, unconscious; Resistances physical 15 (except adamantine or bludgeoning)
Assimilate Lava An obsidian golem that submerges itself in lava or magma takes no damage from it, and for as long as it remains submerged, it becomes slowed 2 and gains fast healing 15.
Golem Antimagic harmed by sonic (8d10, 2d10 from area or persistent damage); healed by cold (area 2d10 HP); slowed by fire
Vulnerable to Shatter Casting a shatter spell on an obsidian golem affects the golem normally, but also causes jagged chunks of obsidian to flake off its body. The squares on which the golem was standing (or the squares below it, if it was flying) become difficult terrain.
Speed 25 feet, fly 25 feet
Melee fist +33 [+28/+23] (deadly d10, magical, reach 10 feet, versatile S), Damage 4d10+15 piercingMelee wing +31 [+27/+23] (agile, deadly d10, magical, reach 10 feet, versatile S), Damage 3d10+15 piercingRanged obsidian sliver +32 [+27/+22] (deadly d8, magical, range increment 30 feet, versatile S), Damage 4d8+15 piercingFling Shards The obsidian golem slings razor-sharp shards of itself in a 15-foot cone. Creatures in the area take 4d8+9 slashing damage (DC 37 basic Reflex save).Shred Armor An obsidian golem's body is so sharp that it tears through armor like a knife through butter. Whenever the golem scores a critical hit with a fist Strike against a creature wearing non-adamantine armor, the creature's armor becomes broken.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Glass Avatars

Demon worshippers in particular show a strong propensity toward creating obsidian golems, often designing these constructs in the image of their patron demon lord.

All Monsters in "Golem"

Adamantine Golem18
Alchemical Golem9
Carrion Golem4
Clay Golem10
Flesh Golem8
Fossil Golem12
Glass Golem8
Guillotine Golem18
Ice Golem5
Iron Golem13
Mithral Golem16
Obsidian Golem16
Stone Golem11
Wood Golem6


Source Bestiary pg. 184
Crafted of base materials and then magically animated into a powerful guardian, the legendary golem is a living construct that mindlessly obeys its creator's commands— often continuing to do so for years or even centuries after its creator's death. There exist two known methods of animating a golem. The traditional method involves harvesting and implanting an elemental soul or essence within the newly crafted host statue, a procedure seen as vile and blasphemous to those who value the sanctity of the soul; evil or amoral golem crafters tend to prefer this method. The other, less disreputable technique involves siphoning pure positive energy into the statue to artificially imitate the creation of a soul. The result does not give the golem a true soul and is generally a more costly and time-consuming method of creation. Regardless of the method used, the resulting golem functions the same. A golem's unique animating force leaves it susceptible to certain forms of magic, but apart from these few weaknesses, it is impervious to magic and difficult to damage with weapons.

Golems work best in play as foes to vanquish rather than allies to accompany player characters on adventures. The process of creating a golem is time-consuming, expensive, and difficult, and only the most talented spellcasters or artisans can even hope to accomplish such an undertaking. While certain magical texts—so-called “golem manuals”—are said to aid golems crafters, for the most part the creation of a golem should be something left in the hands of the Game Master.

Golems have components that can be harvested as trophies or magical components; the value depends on the golem in question. Examples of components that can be harvested from golems are listed in the sidebars.

Golem Antimagic

A golem is immune to spells and magical abilities other than its own, but each type of golem is affected by a few types of magic in special ways. These exceptions are listed in shortened form in the golem's stat block, with the full rules appearing here. If an entry lists multiple types (such as “cold and water”), either type of spell can affect the golem.
  • Harmed By Any magic of this type that targets the golem causes it to take the listed amount of damage (this damage has no type) instead of the usual effect. If the golem starts its turn in an area of magic of this type or is affected by a persistent effect of the appropriate type, it takes the damage listed in the parenthetical.
  • Healed By Any magic of this type that targets the golem makes the golem lose the slowed condition and gain HP equal to half the damage the spell would have dealt. If the golem starts its turn in an area of this type of magic, it gains the HP listed in the parenthetical.
  • Slowed By Any magic of this type that targets the golem causes it to be slowed 1 for 2d6 rounds instead of the usual effect. If the golem starts its turn in an area of this type of magic, it's slowed 1 for that round.
  • Vulnerable To Each golem is vulnerable to one or more specific spells, with the effects described in its stat block.