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Dybbuk, Book of Job, appearing in Die Bucher Der Bibel, Ephraim Moses Lilien (1874-1925)

This grinning spectre has mad eyes and blood-red hands that twitch and jerk like a puppeteer’s.

[This content was created for the Pathfinder rules by Paizo Publishing LLC and is part of the Pathfinder RPG product line.]

Source: Pathfinder

A dybbuk is a misplaced soul who has eluded judgment because of a some great transgression or a pitiful suicide. Like a ghost, it lingers on in the mortal world, either trying to fulfill an insane need to right some great failure that has marked its soul for eternity or merely to spread the torment it is condemned to face for eternity. Bodiless and left to wander, dybbuks grow increasingly bitter and resentful over the loss of their bodies and endlessly seek mortal or even inanimate forms to steal and use to sow suffering.

Vile manipulators, they seek bodies that have the greatest potential to cause pain in those closest to their victims, taking pleasure in shifting a leader’s agenda toward the destruction of her followers or torturing an innocent from within. Dybbuks also often animate unliving things to spread fear, reveling in the chaos resulting from manipulating corpses to confuse and terrify. Most also realize they have all of eternity to torment their chosen victims, and might lurk quietly near a living target for weeks or months, waiting for the right moment to act and begin their terrors anew.

Dybbuk CR 15
XP 51,200

NE Medium undead (incorporeal)

Init +15; Senses Darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +29
AC 28, touch 28, flat-footed 17 (+7 deflection, +11 Dexterity)

hp 207 (18d8+126)

Fort +13, Ref +17, Will +17

Defensive Abilities incorporeal, Channel Resistance +4; DR 10/good; Immune undead traits; SR 26
Speed Fly 60 ft.


Melee pain touch +19 touch (7d6)

Special Attacks malevolence

Spell-Like Abilities (CL 18th; Concentration +25)

At will—detect thoughts (DC 19), telekinesis (DC 22)

3/day—dominate monster (DC 22), feeblemind (DC 22), inflict serious wounds (DC 20)

1/day—greater heroism, modify memory (DC 21), tongues

Strength -, Dexterity 32, Constitution -, Intelligence 15, Wisdom 18, Charisma 25

Base Atk +13; CMB +24; CMD 41

Feats Alertness, Blind-Fight, Combat Reflexes, Flyby Attack, Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Lunge, Step Up, Weapon Finesse

Skills Bluff +25, Diplomacy +25, Fly +19, Intimidate +28, Perception +29, Sense Motive +29, Stealth +32

Languages Abyssal, Celestial, Common
Malevolence (Su)

Once per round, a dybbuk can merge itself with a creature on the Material Plane. This ability is similar to a magic jar spell (caster level 18th), except that it does not require a receptacle. To use this ability, the dybbuk must be adjacent to the target. The target can resist the attack with a successful DC 26 Will save. A creature that successfully saves is immune to that same dybbuk’s malevolence for 24 hours. The save DC is Charisma-based.

Pain Touch (Su) With a successful touch attack, a dybbuk causes painful spasms throughout the target’s body, dealing 7d6 points of damage. Creatures that are immune to pain take no damage from this touch.

Possess Object (Su) A dybbuk can use its malevolence ability to possess a Large or smaller unattended object, animating it as if using animate objects, except the dybbuk merges with and controls the object as if it were a living creature. The dybbuk cannot speak or use its other special abilities while possessing the object.

Environment any

Organization solitary

Treasure none

Section 15: Copyright Notice – Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 3

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 3, © 2011, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Authors Jesse Benner, Jason Bulmahn, Adam Daigle, James Jacobs, Michael Kenway, Rob McCreary, Patrick Renie, Chris Sims, F. Wesley Schneider, James L. Sutter, and Russ Taylor, based on material by Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, and Skip Williams.

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