- This article is about PvE and PvP. For WvW, see Siege Golem.
Constructed out of stone, vegetation, and other semi-natural materials, golems are massive creatures whose strength (and completely empty minds) perfectly complement the small-stature but incredible intellect of their asuran masters. Asura who create golems are called golemancers.
Almost all modern golems use technology first invented by Snaff. Snaff was a pioneer in the field of mind/golem interface. All his greatest inventions pushed that envelope. He believe a strong mind could make a strong golem even more effective. Before him, it was all joysticks and directional pads. Now piloting is as easy as thinking.
Although golems are powerful combatants (owing to their structure and imposing size), they lack the intelligence of their diminutive masters. Though they are capable of rationalizing, their ability to do such is limited by their programming and they are not self-aware. During the initial rise of the Great Destroyer, in 1078 AE, the asura launched their G.O.L.E.M. ("Genius-Operated Living Enchanted Manifestation") project to fend off the Destroyers attacking Rata Sum. It's the earliest moment known in asura history where they actually fielded golems in large numbers.
- Golems are programmed to play a morning alarm and say "Good morning" repeatedly when an explorable zone turns to day time.
- In Jewish folklore, a golem is an animated anthropomorphic being, created entirely from inanimate matter. The word was used to mean an amorphous, unformed material (usually out of stone and clay) in Psalms and medieval writing.