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Onryo Creature12

Uncommon NE Medium Undead

Perception +21; darkvision

Languages Common

Skills Acrobatics +25, Athletics +20, Stealth +25, Survival +23

Str +2, Dex +7, Con +5, Int +2, Wis +5, Cha +6

AC 32; Fort +21, Ref +23, Will +23; +1 status to all saves vs. magic

HP 180, negative healing; Immunities death effects, disease, paralyzed, poison, unconscious; Resistances all damage 8 (except force)

Speed 35 feet, climb 35 feet; flicker, spider climb, water walk

Melee [one-action] claw +25 (agile, finesse), Damage 3d8+8 slashing plus 2d6 mental

Occult Innate Spells DC 32; 6th nightmare; Constant (4th) blink, spider climb, water walk

Flicker An onryo’s erratic movement makes them difficult to target. If an onryo moves at least 10 feet during a move action, they gain concealment until the start of their next turn.

Onryo’s Rancor [one-action] (curse, enchantment, mental, occult) RequirementsThe onryo’s last action was a successful claw Strike; Effect The onryo attempts to instill its need for vengeance into the creature. The onryo, with their touch, casts a 5th-level geas on the creature they hit (DC 30 Will). On a failure, it’s forced to seek and slay loved ones of the onryo’s wrongdoer and anyone who attempts to defend them for up to one week. On a critical failure, the duration is 1 month and the creature gains Onryo’s Rancor, which it’s also compelled to use by the geas. Regardless of the outcome, the creature is temporarily immune to Onryo’s Rancor from this individual for 1 year.

Vengeful Suffocation [two-actions] (incapacitation, occult, necromancy) Frequencyonce per hour; Effect The onryo channels their boundless resentment, manifesting it as a tangled clump of wet hair, a clot of rancid swamp mud, or other disgusting mass of matter in the throat of a creature within 30 feet. The creature must attempt a DC 32 Fortitude save.

Critical Success The creature is unaffected.

Success The creature becomes sickened 1.

Failure The creature becomes sickened 2.

Critical Failure The creature becomes sickened 3 and the mass fully blocks the creature’s airway. The creature begins suffocating.


Onryos are created when a person dies violently in the grip of extreme emotion, such as unbridled rage or overwhelming sorrow. These twisted undead return as beings of pure vengeance, seeking to endlessly spread suffering. Onryos torment those who killed them, but not by directly attacking their murderer. Instead, an onryo hunts down the friends, family members, and anyone connected to their foe. In doing so, the onryo inflicts as much torment as possible on the person responsible for their demise. An onryo’s vengeful nature persists indefinitely; not even the death of their killer sates their lust for destruction. Vengeance is just a way for them to spread their pain to others, and they quickly find new targets for their ire. Onryos always wear funeral clothing, often dripping wet or covered in filth. Most of them also display wounds or signs indicating how they died. As they move, onryos seem to pop in and out of existence, making them difficult to track in combat.

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.