Danse Macabre
Type Undead
CR 14
Environment any

Source: Pathfinder 11: Skeletons of Scarwall, pg(s). 80-81

Danse macabres are morbid specters of the final fate which awaits every mortal. They appear as an incarnation as death, most often a skeleton in a black robe, surrounded by a procession of ghostly aristocrats clad in all their finery dancing the dance of death.


Danse macabres appear in the form most associated with death by the surrounding culture. Usually this is the form of a skeleton clothed in a black robes wielding a scythe. Regardless of the incarnation, the danse macabre is always surrounded by a twirling procession of dancing ghostly figures. These represent the inevitable dance of death that every mortal is a part of, the great leveler that effects kings and paupers alike.[1]

Habitat & EcologyEdit

Danse macabres manifest at sites of mass death where hundreds if not thousands met unpleasant ends. No one is really sure what exactly causes these creatures, as many site with thousand of dead do not spawn danse macabres. Some element of irony or vengeance seems to be the deciding factor, and as such it is very hard to predict what massacres or disasters will actually spawn a danse macabre. It has been suggested that these creature do not harbour any hatred for the living like most undead, instead they just want to send all mortals to their final fate quicker than fate intended. These creatures rarely move far from where they are spawned but can still rapidly depopulate an area. As undead they do not interact normally with their natural surroundings.[2]


Constitution Drain 
The danse macabre's incorporeal scythe drains the health of those it strikes.
Dance of Death 
Danse macabres are surrounded by an aura of dancing spectral figures. Any who try to pass through this aura are drawn into the dance forcing them to do nothing else. While this does not sound too bad, every moment the opponent engages in the dance of death their life force is drained away from them.[1][2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 {[Cite article/Pathfinder 11, Skeletons of Scarwall|80}}
  2. 2.0 2.1 {[Cite article/Pathfinder 11, Skeletons of Scarwall|81}}