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Gholdako Creature10

Rare NE Huge Undead

Perception +16; darkvision

Languages Cyclops, Jotun

Skills Athletics +21, Intimidation +19, Religion +16, Soothsaying Lore +16

Str +7, Dex +3, Con +7, Int +2, Wis +2, Cha +5

Items javelin(4)

AC 27; Fort +21, Ref +17, Will +14

HP 215, negative healing; Immunities death effects, disease, paralyzed, poison, unconscious; Weaknesses fire 10

Tumultuous Flash [free-action] (divination, occult, fortune) Frequency once per day; Trigger The gholdako is about to roll a d20; Effect Instead of rolling normally, the gholdako attempts a DC 11 flat check, getting a critical success on the triggering roll if the flat check succeeds or a critical failure if it fails.

Speed 30 feet

Melee [one-action] jaws +23 (reach 10 feet), Damage 3d10+10 piercing

Melee [one-action] claw +23 (agile, reach 10 feet), Damage 1d10+10 slashing plus 1d6 mental and Infectious Visions

Ranged [one-action] javelin +19 (range increment 30 feet, thrown), Damage 3d6+10 piercing

Blinding Breath [two-actions](concentrate, divine, necromancy, negative) The gholdako exhales a 60-foot cone of noxious breath that deals 7d8 negative damage (DC 29 basic Reflex save). A is also blinded until the end of its next turn (or for 1 minute on a critical failure) as a milky film coats its eyes. The gholdako can’t use Blinding Breath again for 1d4 rounds.

Infectious Visions (divine, enchantment, mental, poison) The first time each round the gholdako damages a creature with a claw Strike, the creature must attempt a DC 27 Will save, as its mind is assaulted by horrifying visions. On a failure, the creature is confused until the end of its next turn. On a critical success, the creature is immune for 24 hours


Cyclops necromancers created gholdakos untold ages ago by performing foul rituals over the corpses of their fellow cyclopes. Although these rituals varied through history, each involved the sacrifice of numerous humanoids whose blood was used to write the runes scribed upon a gholdako’s linens. Rarely, a cyclops initiated their own transformation into a gholdako, scribing runes glimpsed from oracular visions and fevered dreams on their clothes or carving them into their bare flesh. Regardless of their origin, gholdakos are guardians, bound beyond death to protect a location, relic, or person—often the same thing they once defended in life.

Despite their death and subsequent reanimation, gholdakos retain many of the quirks of living cyclopes, including their ceaseless hunger, volatile temper, single-mindedness, and great strength

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Pathfinder Book of the Dead © 2022, Paizo Inc.; Authors: Brian Bauman, Tineke Bolleman. Logan Bonner, Jason Bulmahn, Jessica Catalan, John Compton, Chris Eng, Logan Harper, Michelle Jones, Jason Keeley, Luis Loza, Ron Lundeen, Liane Merciel, Patchen Mortimer, Quinn Murphy, Jessica Redekop, Mikhail Rekun, Solomon St. John, Michael Sayre, Mark Seifter, Sen.H.H.S., Kendra Leigh Speedling, Jason Tondro, Andrew White.