Aquan grew from a proto-elemental language which was the progenitor of all elemental languages. Much of its vocabulary is taken up with water-related terms.[2] It is a guttural language with many long syllables made up of dense, throaty sounds [1]. As a result, place names like Bue'kaa and Kol'taa are approximations of Aquan words that only sound true when spoken underwater.

Aquan is spoken by the Water Archon, the Hydrocur, the Elderaunt, Deep Bred, Merfolk, Sea Elf and many other intelligent aquatic species.

As a language of the seas, Aquan carries well under water. It takes practice and study to understand the language's two versions of communicating, one that works better on land and the other traveling a watery medium.

Aquan is often a second language for those home to coastal communities near aquatic peoples.


  1. James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 251. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  2. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 220. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1