If you have not heard yet, the newest addition to the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is hitting subscribers and game stores now. The Monster Codex is a mighty tome, filled with some of the most iconic foes in the game. Each of the 20 monster types appearing in this book has an expanded ecology, new rules, and 7 pages of new stat blocks across a range of CRs. Each one gives you plenty of ideas and awesome crunch to make these monsters the feature of an entire adventure or even a portion of your campaign, while saving you the time it takes to come up with the mountain of stats needed to make it happen.
Monster Codex has 12 pages of exciting new content for each of the following monster types: boggards, bugbears, drow, duergar, fire giants, frost giants, ghouls, gnolls, goblins, hobgoblins, kobolds, lizardfolk, ogres, orcs, ratfolk, sahuagin, serpentfolk, troglodytes, trolls, and vampires!
Rather than show off a few of these stat blocks, I thought I might take this opportunity to highlight a part of the book you might miss on your first flip-through. The appendix for Monster Codex contains a new tool to help you make easily customized monsters of any type. These rules allow you to apply basic class features to a monster without having to recalculate all of its abilities and statistics. We call them simple class templates and we think they are going to see a lot of use at your game table!
Want proof? Check out the barbarian simple class template!
Barbarian Creature (CR +2 or +3)
A barbarian creature can fly into a rage, granting it numerous bonuses in combat. It also gains additional hit points and a few valuable defensive abilities. A barbarian creature’s CR increases by 3 if the creature has 10 or more HD. A barbarian creature must be chaotic.
Quick Rules: +2 on all rolls based on Str; can rage for a number of rounds per day equal to 4 + its HD + its Con modifier (this functions as greater rage if the creature has 10 or more HD); gains DR 1/- and uncanny dodge (DR 3/- and improved uncanny dodge if the creature has 10 or more HD).
Rebuild Rules: Defensive Abilities uncanny dodge (improved uncanny dodge if the creature has 10 or more HD; DR 1/- (3/- if the creature has 10 or more HD); Special Attacks rage (can be used a number of rounds per day equal to 4 + its HD + its Con modifier, functions as the greater rage class feature if the creature has 10 or more HD); Ability Scores +4 Strength.
So, if you really need a barbarian hill giant, now you can create one in about 5 minutes, instead of the 30 minutes it would take to add a bunch of class levels to the base stat block. Monster Codex includes simple class templates for all 11 of the base classes, from barbarian to wizard, allowing you to customize all of your monsters with ease.
Well, that about wraps up this preview. If you are a subscriber, you should find that Monster Codex is on its way to you now. For the rest, stop by your local game store to pick up a copy of this handy book.