SRD:Psionic Subtype

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Psionic Subtype[edit]

Any creature with psionic powers has the psionic subtype. A psionic creature can be born with the subtype or can gain the subtype during its life.

A creature meeting any one of the following criteria has the psionic subtype:


Other than the fact that all psionic creatures have psionic powers, power points, or psi-like abilities, psionic creatures have no specific traits. The psionic subtype serves to identify creatures that may be vulnerable to powers, spells, and effects targeting psionic creatures.

Undead Psionic Creatures[edit]

A psionic undead creature, although rare, is a force to be reckoned with.

Because undead are immune to mind-affecting effects (including charms and compulsions), they are particularly threatening to other psionic creatures and characters (especially telepaths). Psionic undead creatures can use mind-affecting powers on the living, even though they themselves are immune to such attacks. However, an undead creature may have the psionic subtype if it meets the criteria described above, and thus be vulnerable to non-mindaffecting powers or effects that specifically affect psionic creatures.

Intelligent constructs and plants with psionic powers or psi-like abilities also share this advantage.

Psionic Focus[edit]

Some creatures have feats that can be used only when the creature is psionically focused, or that require the creature to expend its psionic focus. Assume that such a creature is psionically focused before entering combat.


SRD Monsters with the Psionic Subtype

Creature Entry CR Type and Subtypes Size
Blue 1 Humanoid [Goblinoid, Psionic] Small
Brain Mole 1/2 Magical Beast [Psionic] Tiny
Caller In Darkness 9 Undead [Incorporeal, Psionic] Large
Cerebrilith 10 Outsider [Chaotic, Evil, Extraplanar, Psionic] Large
Crysmal 3 Elemental [Earth, Psionic] Small
Dromite 1/2 Monstrous Humanoid [Psionic] Small
Duergar 1 Humanoid [Dwarf, Psionic] Medium
Elan 1/2 Aberration [Psionic] Medium
Flesh Harrower Puppeteer 2 Magical Beast [Psionic] Small
Half-Giant 1 Giant [Psionic] Medium
Intellect Devourer 7 Aberration [Evil, Psionic] Small
Maenad 1/2 Humanoid [Maenad, Psionic] Medium
Neothelid 15 Aberration [Psionic] Gargantuan
Phthisic 6 Monstrous Humanoid [Psionic] Large
Psionic Aboleth 7 Aberration [Aquatic, Psionic] Huge
Psionic Couatl 10 Outsider [Native, Psionic] Large
Puppeteer 1 Magical Beast [Psionic] Fine
Temporal Filcher 3 Aberration [Psionic] Large
Thought Eater 2 Aberration [Psionic] Small
Thought Slayer 13 Aberration [Psionic] Huge
Udoroot 5 Plant [Psionic] Huge
Unbodied 5 Monstrous Humanoid [Incorporeal, Psionic] Medium
Xeph 1/2 Humanoid [Psionic, Xeph] Medium

SRD Templates that grant the Psionic Subtype

Template Description CR Adjustment
Phrenic Creature Seemingly no different from standard examples of their kind, phrenic creatures harbor mental might. as base creature +1, as base creature +2, as base creature +3

SRD Races with the Psionic Subtype

Race Name Summary Favored Class Ability Adjustments LA ECL
Dromites Wilder –2 Strength, –2 Wisdom, +2 Charisma 1 2
Dwarves, Gray—Duergar Sometimes called gray dwarves, these evil beings dwell in the underground. Fighter +2 Constitution, –4 Charisma 1 2
Elans Elans typically stand just under 6 feet tall and weigh in the neighborhood of 180 pounds, with men sometimes taller and heavier than women, but not always. Psion –2 Charisma 0 1
Goblins—Blues Blues are a subrace of goblins with an innate knack for psionics. Psion –2 Strength, +2 Intelligence, –2 Charisma 1 2
Half-Giants Psychic Warrior +2 Strength, –2 Dexterity, +2 Constitution 1 2
Maenads Maenads typically stand more than 6 feet tall and weigh about 200 pounds; males are the same height as and only marginally heavier than maenad females. Maenads have no facial or body hair, and they prefer heavier clothing and armor if possible. Wilder None 0 1
Unbodied Psion +2 Dexterity, +2 Constitution, +4 Intelligence, +4 Wisdom, +4 Charisma 4 8
Xephs Soulknife –2 Strength, +2 Dexterity 0 1

Homebrew Monsters with the Psionic Subtype

Homebrew monsters using this type appear below. These are not part of the SRD, and are presented for ease of reference only.


Homebrew Templates that grant the Psionic Subtype

Homebrew templates granting this type appear below. These are not part of the SRD, and are presented for ease of reference only.


Homebrew Races with the Psionic Subtype

Homebrew races using this type appear below. These are not part of the SRD, and are presented for ease of reference only.

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