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Air Elemental
Type Outsider
(air, elemental, extraplanar)
CR Varies
Environment Any (Plane of Air)

Source: Pathfinder Bestiary, pg(s). 120-121

Composed of pure air and as mercurial as a storm's wind, air elementals are at home on the Elemental Plane of Air but can also be found on Golarion wherever wind is at its most intense.


Air elementals are comprised of pure air, and resemble clouds that have coalesced into something with a stronger, more definable form with facial details appearing as darker hollows. Air elemental assume a bewildering variety of forms and can appear as a cloud-like version of any mortal creature although they show a preference for the forms of creatures that can fly naturally—from birds to bats to dragons. Some remain in what scholars believe to be their natural form, a whirling vortex of cloud or smoke that resembles a miniature whirlwind. And while an air elemental may look like an eagle, it certainly does not have an eagle's complex internal make-up.[1]

Habitat & ecology[]

Air elementals dwell for the most part on the elemental Plane of Air where they soar carefree through the endless azure skies. While they are often summoned by wizards, sorcerers and other magic users, most resent the intrusion and long to fly through their home plane again. Some, however, relish life on the Material Plane, finding themselves inherently drawn to the wonders of the world; dancing across windswept deserts, and frolicking around the pinnacles of the highest mountains.[1] They are often attracted to strange geographical features where air interact differently with the land, such as the Painted Flutes in Katapesh.[2] Air elementals are somewhat averse to the ground, finding the need to move only in two dimensions stifling, instead preferring to attack flying foes if given the choice. Interestingly, air elementals can move through water without risking drowning, as they have no need to breathe, but doing so greatly reduce their maneuverability.[1]