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Turtles are reptiles known for having hard shells into which they can retract their more vulnerable bodies. While most are docile and calm, a few species such as the snapping turtle can be aggressive.1

On Golarion

See also: Category:Turtle

Many species of turtle live on the Shackles island of Hesmene's Grotto.2 Snapping turtles sometimes feature in the combat games of Myscurial, on the Shackles' Widowmaker Isle.3 They are also found in the Mwangi Expanse, including large speckled varieties.4 Gliding turtles are a massive species of turtle native to the islands of Azlant and are as big as a horse; despite their size, webbing between the shell and legs allows the turtle to glide down from a height onto their prey below.5

Dragon turtles are massive draconic relatives who most commonly roam Golarion's oceans.6

Turtles can be summoned as familiars7 or become animal companions.5

As food

Turtles are an egg-laying species, and their eggs are considered a delicacy in some places. The baker Olam Keecher, who lives in the Varisian village of Pendaka, combines them with cranberries in his famous turtle egg pies.8

Many varieties of turtles live in and near the Castrovin Sea, where they are hunted for food and shells.9

In the Great Beyond

Turtles are the favored animals of the deity Bergelmir10 and the empyreal lord Ghenshau.11 The Old Man, herald of Irori, often appears with a turtle.12 Chelonidals are agathions of Nirvana who resemble humanoid turtles.13


  1. Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A-Z” in Bestiary 2, 269. Paizo Inc., 2020
  2. Mike Shel. “Shackles Gazetteer” in Isles of the Shackles, 23. Paizo Inc., 2012
  3. Mike Shel. “Shackles Gazetteer” in Isles of the Shackles, 36. Paizo Inc., 2012
  4. James MacKenzie. Our Lady of Silver, 5. Paizo Inc., 2009
  5. 5.0 5.1 Jim Groves, et al. “Bestiary” in The Lost Outpost, 82–83. Paizo Inc., 2017
  6. Logan Bonner, et al. “Monsters A-Z” in Bestiary, 128. Paizo Inc., 2019
  7. Jason Bulmahn, et al. “Chapter 2: Mastering Magic” in Ultimate Magic, 117ff. Paizo Inc., 2011
  8. James Jacobs, et al. “Appendices” in Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition, 396. Paizo Inc., 2012
  9. Amber E. Scott & Mark Seifter. Golarion's Seas” in Aquatic Adventures, 24–27. Paizo Inc., 2017
  10. Sean K Reynolds, et al. Inner Sea Gods, 188. Paizo Inc., 2014
  11. Amber E. Scott. “Lords of the Empyrean” in Chronicle of the Righteous, 13. Paizo Inc., 2013
  12. Sean K Reynolds. Irori” in Tide of Honor, 73. Paizo Inc., 2012
  13. Jim Groves, et al. “Bestiary” in The Lost Outpost, 80–81. Paizo Inc., 2017

External links

  • Turtle (real-world animal) on Wikipedia