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This dry, hovering corpse's chest is a prison of jagged ribs, within which is trapped a small tormented ghostly form.

Devourer CR 11

XP 12,800
NE Large undead (extraplanar)
Init +7; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +20


AC 25, touch 12, flat-footed 22 (+3 Dex, +13 natural, –1 size)
hp 133 (14d8+70)
Fort +9, Ref +7, Will +12
Defensive Abilities spell deflection, undead traits; SR 22


Speed 30 ft., fly 20 ft. (perfect)
Melee 2 claws +18 (1d8+9 plus energy drain)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks devour soul, energy drain (1 level, DC 20)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 18th)

At willanimate dead 4th, bestow curse 4th (DC 19), confusion 4th (DC 19), control undead 7th (DC 22), death knell 2nd (DC 17), ghoul touch 2nd (DC 17), inflict serious wounds 3rd (DC 18), lesser planar ally 4th, ray of enfeeblement 1st, spectral hand 2nd, suggestion 3rd (DC 18), true seeing 6th, vampiric touch 3rd (DC 18)


Str 28, Dex 16, Con —, Int 19, Wis 16, Cha 21
Base Atk +10; CMB +20; CMD 33
Feats Blind-Fight, Cleave, Combat Casting, Combat Expertise, Improved Initiative, Improved Sunder, Power Attack
Skills Bluff +19, Diplomacy +14, Fly +19, Intimidate +19, Knowledge (arcana) +21, Knowledge (planes) +18, Perception +20, Sense Motive +17, Spellcraft +21, Stealth +6
Languages Abyssal, Celestial, Common, Infernal; telepathy 100 ft.


Devour Soul (Su)

By making a touch attack as a standard action, a devourer can deal 12d6+18 points of damage as if using a slay living spell. A DC 22 Fortitude save reduces this damage to 3d6+18. The soul of a creature slain by this attack becomes trapped within the devourer's chest. The creature cannot be brought back to life until the devourer's destruction (or a spell deflection—see below) releases its soul. A devourer can hold only one soul at a time. The trapped essence provides a devourer with 5 essence points for each Hit Die possessed by the soul. A devourer must expend essence points when it uses a spell-like ability equal to the spell's level (for sake of ease, spell levels for its spell-like abilities are included in its stats in superscript).

At the start of an encounter, a devourer generally has 3d4+3 essence points available. The trapped essence gains one permanent negative level for every 5 points of essence drained—these negative levels remain if the creature is brought back to life (but they do not stack with any negative levels imparted by being brought back to life). A soul that is completely consumed may only be restored to life by a miracle or wish. The save DC is Charisma-based.

Spell Deflection (Su)

If any of the following spells are cast at the devourer and overcome its spell resistance, they instead affect a devoured soul: banishment, chaos hammer, confusion, crushing despair, detect thoughts, dispel evil, dominate person, fear, geas/quest, holy word, hypnotism, imprisonment, magic jar, maze, suggestion, trap the soul, or any form of charm or compulsion.

While none of these effects harms the soul, the caster makes a DC 25 caster level check when a spell is deflected—success indicates that the trapped soul is released from its prison and the creature whose body it belonged to can now be restored to life as normal.

Characters with ranks in Knowledge (religion) or Knowledge (the planes) can learn more about devourers. When a character makes a successful skill check, the following lore is revealed, including the information from lower DCs.

Knowledge (religion or planes)

DC Result
DC 16 (Religion) Though uncertain what this creature is, you are positive it is one of the undead. This reveals result all undead traits. (Planes) Though uncertain what this creature is, you are positive it is not native to the material plane, though you do not believe it to be an outsider.
DC 21 This creature is a devourer, a horrific undead monster that can typically be found stalking prey on the Ethereal and Astral Planes. The tiny figure in its rib cage is the trapped essence of a slain opponent upon which it feeds to sustain its unnatural life.
DC 26 The devourer is named for its ability to consume an enemy's life essence. The devourer reaches out and touches its victim, that is slain instantly if their body fails to resist the devourer's horrific magic. The slain creature's essence is trapped within the figure in the devourer's ribs which takes on the features of the victim. Only the most powerful magics can free the victim, though destroying the devourer has the same effect. Luckily, a devourer can only hold a single essence at a time.
DC 31 A devourer's touch drains the life energy of its victim, inflicting a negative level with ever touch. It can even do this through the use of its spectral hand spell-like ability. Devourers are also resilient to magical attacks.
DC 36 As well as providing sustenance to the devourer, a trapped essence can also be used to power an array of spell-like abilities that the devourer has access to. Using the essence in this way diminishes its power and can eventually destroy it. As well as this, the devourer can also use the trapped essence to be the victim of certain spells that make it past its spell resistance, including all charms and compulsions, making these spells effectively useless against these creatures.
Source: Monster Lore from WOTC Community Forums - Monsters and Races - Monster Lore Compendium. Copyright 2007-2008, Author: Evandar_TAybara

Source: Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Undead Revisited

When a devourer manifests, it undergoes a dramatic transformation—one more invasive and overwhelming than those most undead transformations involve. The devourer’s body and mind are reshaped and reformed by the alien influences that created it, and what remains of the source is often so fragmentary so as to constitute little more than a characteristic turn of phrase or a dreamlike memory of a life spent elsewhere.

Sometimes, however, a devourer retains a bit more of its previous personality—when this occurs, the remnants often take the form of unusual spell-like abilities. This might be a single ability—a trade of contagion for bestow curse, for example—but if the original creature was a powerful devil, daemon, or demon, these variant spell-like abilities can be quite different.

Former Devils

A devourer formed from a powerful devil sometimes has a suite of spell-like abilities that focuses more on the deception and control of living creatures. These devourers are always lawful evil. Replace the standard devourer spell-like abilities with the following at-will spell-like abilities: alter self, beast shape I, charm monster, charm person, detect thoughts, invisibility, lesser geas, lesser planar ally, mass suggestion, scrying, secret page, suggestion, and summon monster VII.

Former Daemons

A devourer formed from a powerful daemon sometimes has a suite of spell-like abilities that focuses more on the destruction of living creatures and spreading fear and horror. These devourers are always neutral evil. Replace the standard devourer spell-like abilities with the following at-will spell-like abilities: animate dead, contagion, crushing despair, death knell, desecrate, destruction, doom, fear, harm, inflict serious wounds, phantasmal killer, spectral hand, and vampiric touch.

Former Demons

A devourer formed from a powerful demon sometimes has a suite of spell-like abilities that focuses more on destruction and devastation. These devourers are always chaotic evil. Replace the standard devourer spell-like abilities with the following at-will spell-like abilities: acid arrow, black tentacles, chaos hammer, disintegrate, earthquake, fireball, ice storm, lightning bolt, magic missile, phantasmal killer, scorching ray, shatter, and vampiric touch.