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Jirelle, iconic half-elven swashbuckler.

Iconic character
Source: Advanced Class Guide, pg(s). 56ff. (1E)
Advanced Player's Guide (Second Edition), pg(s). 83
ff. (2E)

Swashbucklers are lightly-armored combatants with a flair for intricate combat styles and agile attacks. If a swashbuckler has to do something, it will be done with style. Deeply committed to a technical mastery of combat, swashbucklers combine discipline and daring to commit feats of advanced martial prowess, dancing around the battlefield, and carefully setting up their foes for powerful—and spectacular—final blows.12

On Golarion

A swashbuckler.

Following their flair for dramatics, most swashbucklers tend to be either noble fighters or lawless pirates and bandits. They are often found in Absalom, Andoran, Galt, and the River Kingdoms, as well as numerous other places. The Aldori Academy in Brevoy is full of swashbucklers learning to adapt their unique styles to incorporate the fabled Aldori dueling sword; in Qadira, whirling dervishes of Sarenrae combine dazzling swordplay with sacred hyperkinetic dancing and a merciful philosophy; Taldor is home to many schools dedicated to training swashbucklers; on Mediogalti Island, members of the Bloodwatch and Blood Circus performers count many swashbucklers in their ranks; and, finally, the Shackles together with the Sodden Lands have always been home to the most daring and flamboyant of Golarion's swashbucklers.3

Notable swashbucklers


There are no restrictions on the race of a swashbuckler, but catfolk, tengu, dhampir, fetchling, and ganzi adventurers often become swashbucklers.


Swashbucklers are free to follow any gods or philosophies they want, and are not known to favor any one of them.


  1. Jason Bulmahn. (2013). Advanced Class Guide Playtest, p. 44. Paizo Publishing, LLC.
  2. Logan Bonner, Lyz Liddell, Mark Seifter et al. (2020). Pathfinder Advanced Player's Guide, p. 53. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-257-0
  3. Dennis Baker, et al. (2014). Advanced Class Origins, p. 5, 22–23. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-674-4
  4. Erik Mona et al. (2021). Absalom, City of Lost Omens, p. 302–368. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-235-8