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Warm forests
Source: Bestiary, pg(s). 132
Monkey swarm
A monkey swarm.

Warm forests
Source: Bestiary 2, pg(s). 212
See also: Ape

Monkey is the name given to any of a number of species of smaller primates who inhabit Golarion's warmer forests. They are very social animals that spend most of the day looking for food.1

Monkey swarms

Monkeys sometimes congregate in large groups of hundreds of individuals. In such numbers, they can be quite dangerous if threatened.2

Monkey species

A large number of species are classified as monkeys, including the ones listed below:


Baboons are larger monkeys known for their short tails, large, canine-like teeth, and aggressive nature. They live either in warm-climate forests or plains.23

Monkey-like species

A monkey-resembling vanara.

Quite a few creatures on Golarion bear some resemblance to monkeys, including the humanoid vanaras of distant Vudra.4

Monkey magic

Monkeys are the inspiration of numerous magical abilities:

Animal focus

Hunters are known to be able to take on various animal aspects, or apply them to their animal companions, including that of a monkey. Adopting this aspect grants the person or animal increased climbing ability.5


Monkeys are frequently taken as familiars by spell-casters. The magical connection between the two increases the master's nimbleness when the monkey is nearby.16

Monks of the Four Winds

Certain advanced monks known as Monks of the Four Winds can take on a monkey aspect. Doing so transfigures the monk's face into that of a monkey, makes her more whimsical and playful, allows her to grow a prehensile tail, and to become a great climber.7

Screaming Jungle

Some claim that the Mwangi Expanse's Screaming Jungle gets its name from the countless vocal monkeys that inhabit its jungle canopy.8

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A to Z” in Bestiary, 132. Paizo Inc., 2009
  2. 2.0 2.1 Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A to Z” in Bestiary 2, 212. Paizo Inc., 2010
  3. John Compton, et al. Radripal” in Distant Shores, 37. Paizo Inc., 2015
  4. Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A to Z” in Bestiary 3, 280. Paizo Inc., 2011
  5. Jason Bulmahn, et al. “Chapter 1: Classes” in Advanced Class Guide, 27. Paizo Inc., 2015
  6. Jason Bulmahn, et al. “Chapter 3: Classes” in Core Rulebook, 82. Paizo Inc., 2009
  7. Paizo Inc., et al. “Chapter 2: Classes” in Advanced Player's Guide, 112. Paizo Inc., 2010
  8. Dave Gross. (2011). "A Lesson in Taxonomy", ch. 2. Paizo Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60125-394-1