Pazuzus have the head of a man with a lion’s mane, leonine claws on its hands and feet, the wings of an eagle, and a scorpion’s tail. They are said to be masters of illusion and desert nomads believe mirages are their work.
They enjoy cruel and often lethal pranks. One common trick is to appear to desert travelers as a nomad. It then questions them about how much water they have. If they are low, it offers to lead them to an oasis in return for money. In reality, it leads them deeper into the desert and then abandons them to await a lingering death. Once its victims have died, it returns to feast on their flesh.