Pathfinder Player Companion: Demon Hunter's Handbook (PFRPG)

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Raise your banner and lead the charge in your fight against the dreaded demons of the Abyss with Pathfinder Player Companion: Demon Hunter’s Handbook! Whether you’re crusading against the demons crawling from the horrific Worldwound or you’ve traveled all the way to the Abyss to fight these fiends on their own turf, this volume will give you everything you need to face off against the forces of the demonic horde.

Demon Hunter’s Handbook contains player-focused, in-depth discussions of demons, how to slay them, and the best ways to survive encounters against these despicable foes. Each Pathfinder Player Companion includes new options and tools for every Pathfinder RPG player. Inside this book, you’ll find:

  • Traits and advice for characters whose pasts have been soiled by the taint of demons or their cultists.
  • Tips and guidelines for joining Golarion’s various demon-hunting organizations, as well as advice on how to start your own.
  • New feats, rage powers for brawlers who seek to stand toe-to-toe with demonic foes, and archetypes like the cold iron warden—perfect for cult-busting inquisitors!
  • Innovative new demon-slaying tools and weapons born from the efforts of the Mendevian Crusades.
  • Details on the most heinous demonic foes, from the teeming rabble of the Abyss to unfathomable demon lords!
  • In-depth details on the Worldwound and the Abyss, as well as traits for the unfortunate characters that hail from these dark realms.
  • New spells, magic items, methods of demon interrogation, kits to prepare you for fights with demons, and much more!

Written by Philip Minchin, F. Wesley Schneider, and Jerome Virnich.
Cover Art by Jason Engle.

This Pathfinder Player Companion is intended for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, but can easily be incorporated into any fantasy game. Each monthly 32-page Pathfinder Player Companion contains several player-focused articles exploring the volume’s theme as well as short articles with innovative new rules for all types of characters, as well as traits to better anchor the player to the campaign.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-554-9

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Ring Side Report- A review of Pathfinder Player Companion: Demon Hunter's Handbo

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Originally posted at www.throatpunchgames.com, a new idea everyday!

Book- Pathfinder Player Companion: Demon Hunter's Handbook

Publisher-Paizo

Price – ~$13

TL;DR- A must have if you fight demons 90%

Basics-The title says it all. If you're going to focus on hunting demons, this is the book for you. This book focuses on the different aspects of hunting demons. Special attention and class features are given to barbarians, inquisitors, paladins, rangers, and wizards, but every class gets something a little something out this book. Besides the crunch in the book, the book has a lot of roleplaying/fluff to it focusing extensively on who you might meet when fighting demons and how to deal with demons and demon worshipers. Last part of the book focuses on the new adevneture path Wrath of the Righteous and focuses on some of the major places you will visit while in that path.

Art- This is the standard Pathfinder style, but be warned! Demons tend to be the crazier of the evil thing out there and they tend to push some peoples buttons on what passes for ok. Some of the art might not make everybody comfortable. It's a thing that you have to get used to or don play with demons. I didn't find anything offensive, but this might not be for everybody. 5/5

Mechanics or “Crunch”- I wasn't as impressed with some of the character options as I've been with other books. The barbarian gets called out as a focus of the book, but only really gets two class features that focus on critical hits. The ranger gets three and they are only traps. If you don't use traps or focus on critical hits, then the options are kind of useless. Also some of the other character options tend to be high level stuff. The spells shine as they are a good mix of levels and casting classes. I didn't hate what I saw, but I was left wanting more. 1.5/2.5

Story or “Fluff”-Here is where the book really shines. The fluff in this book is top notch. Lots of focus on the different types of demons and how to fight them. Sidebars to expand what you should know when fighting demons and how to fight them. Heck as a DM, I learned a few things to use in my next demon encounter. Only sad thing is the focus on the Wrath of the Righteous tends to lead to Pathfinder specific focus and less general demon focus. But since this is a Pathfinder book, I expect that going in. Again, this book is focused on the crazies of the Pathfinder world so keep that in mind when you read this. 2.5/2.5

Execution- I liked the set up and layout of this book, but a few things really set me off. The book references lots of other books, and as a Pathfinder fan boy I have them all. BUT, the book does not have page number for all of them. WHY? Why are some there and not others? Please put this in. It makes my life as a player and DM that much easier! Also, I'm not sure I like everything about the roles. I would like a few things in the future. 1) Give me levels for each feat they have. It helps me as a DM make characters on the fly. If you list feats with a number ahead of them, that's all I need 2) Give me some base, not racially modified, stats. Again, nothing to fancy, but just base stats I can bolt on some race stuff to. Heck, extra points if you give me a quick level guide for stats. These things would really make these that much better. 4/5

Book Quality- This is a standard, well done Pathfinder player companion book. I love this style as the ink doesn't smear and the pages don't tare easily. Good print quality does count! 5/5

Final Thoughts- I liked this book. The crunch might not be where I want it to be, but the rest was spot on. A few tweaks in the execution will really make this thing shine and going forward will really help pull it all together. If you're going to fight lots of demons, then you should buy this book. If your game doesn't have any demons at all, then this book maybe not useful to your table. 90%


Functional with some interesting options

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Read my full review on Of Dice and Pen.

The Demon Hunter’s Handbook is a very functional book. In terms of flavour, it doesn’t really add a whole lot to the gaming experience, but it does add useful mechanical options for player characters preparing to hunt demons. It’s not a captivating read by any means, but that’s not really its purpose. It does exactly what it says in its title.


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Webstore Gninja Minion

Announced! Cover image is a mockup and subject to change.


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Kinda wish that was the final cover.

I am only interested in killing them.


Nice looking book! I can hardly wait!

Dark Archive

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I don't find the title of this book amusing at all.


Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Legends Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Cool!

Where is that mock cover from? It looks vaguely familiar.

Reggie.


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Now I need to create a character like Dante from Devil May Cry.

Contributor

Dark_Mistress wrote:
I don't find the title of this book amusing at all.

Hey, isn't that you on the mock-up cover?


Awesome! This line is shaping up to be my favorite!

Paizo Employee Creative Director

The mock up art is from the anniversary edition of Rise of the Runelords, chapter 5.


Is it safe to dub August "Demon Month"? :)

Silver Crusade

The mention of "subdue and control" suggest that the tone of this book is going to be wider than previously expected. Interesting...

Silver Crusade

Also, hoping for a Devil Puncher's Guidebook next year!


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Modules, Tales Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

Wouldn't Handbook be more apt for something aimed at Devil Punchers?

And then we can get Div Crusher's Companion.

Silver Crusade

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Kajehase wrote:

Wouldn't Handbook be more apt for something aimed at Devil Punchers?

And then we can get Div Crusher's Companion.

True.

I'm afraid the Kyton Flogger's Catalogue is probably going to make some folks uncomfortable. Guaranteed hit with a subset of fans though!


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber
Dark_Mistress wrote:
I don't find the title of this book amusing at all.

But we only hunt demons to give them hugs, flowers, and candy . (Well just succubuses I suppose).

Anyway yeah this book will be great.

Personaly Demons a > than devils

Dark Archive

Alexander Augunas wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
I don't find the title of this book amusing at all.
Hey, isn't that you on the mock-up cover?

No one is dumb enough to hunt me. Stalk me sure, hunt me no.

Dark Archive

John Kretzer wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
I don't find the title of this book amusing at all.

But we only hunt demons to give them hugs, flowers, and candy . (Well just succubuses I suppose).

Anyway yeah this book will be great.

Personaly Demons a > than devils

Sure fine and expect a big passionate kiss that brings you to your knee's... and maybe kills you ... in return.


Just demons? Any chance of mentioning how to combat vampires, werewolves and the like?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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John Doe 207 357 wrote:
Just demons? Any chance of mentioning how to combat vampires, werewolves and the like?

Not in a book called "Demon Hunter's Handbook."


Sounds absolutely great. However, I wonder when we'll see our "Angel hunter's Handbook."

Dark Archive

Please, I just want to ability to take a lantern archon as a familiar or animal companion. I don't case the class or chat's I'm giving up.... keep it balanced please.

Webstore Gninja Minion

Updated product with final cover and description.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Maps, Modules, Pawns, Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

I like the new cover, but is it in the Worldwound or in the Abyss?

Either one, we seemed to have shifted from hunting succubi in the mock-up to glabrezu in the final. Quite the shift!


Ohh... cold iron warden... I really hope it's not the demon slaying version of the vampire hunter archetype and has some neat, original abilities!


So would this be a good player companion for starting a wrath of the righteous campaign?


Vhalantru wrote:
So would this be a good player companion for starting a wrath of the righteous campaign?

I would say yes.

Presuming you want to hunt demons.

Which may happen. Maybe.


Will there be loving for elves from Kyonin?

Developer

Vhalantru wrote:
So would this be a good player companion for starting a wrath of the righteous campaign?

Absolutely! In addition to all the other goodies in this book, two pages are dedicated to a "Player's Guide" for the Wrath of the Righteous Adventure Path, which was designed in the same vein as the Player's Guide for Shattered Star in Varisia, Birthplace of Legends and Reign of Winter in People of the North.


Are those two pages going to be duplicate information from the actual Wrath player's guide? Because that's beginning to annoy me.

Developer

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Shalafi2412 wrote:
Will there be loving for elves from Kyonin?

If you're asking whether or not Tanglebriar is addressed in this book, the answer is yes. ;]


Will there perhaps be an archetype/prestige class that has the flavor of the Demon Hunters from both WoW and Diablo 3? Not necessarily what they can do, but something along the vein of using the powers of the Abyss against them in the form of a martial character?


Patrick Renie wrote:
Shalafi2412 wrote:
Will there be loving for elves from Kyonin?
If you're asking whether or not Tanglebriar is addressed in this book, the answer is yes. ;]

Yes!!

Will there be any elf specific archetypes or PRCs?


Will there by any magus or ranger archetypes?


Or even alchemist archetypes?

Archetypes!

Developer

Shalafi2412 wrote:
Patrick Renie wrote:
Shalafi2412 wrote:
Will there be loving for elves from Kyonin?
If you're asking whether or not Tanglebriar is addressed in this book, the answer is yes. ;]

Yes!!

Will there be any elf specific archetypes or PRCs?

Not so much in this one, but if you're interested in playing an elf that's good at slaying evil outsiders and other foul denizens of Tanglebriar, I encourage you to check out the Lantern Bearer prestige class in Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Paths of Prestige.


Jason Engle posted the cover art on his DeviantArt page. You can find it HERE.


Patrick Renie wrote:
Shalafi2412 wrote:
Patrick Renie wrote:
Shalafi2412 wrote:
Will there be loving for elves from Kyonin?
If you're asking whether or not Tanglebriar is addressed in this book, the answer is yes. ;]

Yes!!

Will there be any elf specific archetypes or PRCs?

Not so much in this one, but if you're interested in playing an elf that's good at slaying evil outsiders and other foul denizens of Tanglebriar, I encourage you to check out the Lantern Bearer prestige class in Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Paths of Prestige.

It's too bad the flavor for the PrC is moreso slapping around drow and keeping it all hush-hush than being a full blown demon hunter, even though you do end up pretty good at it by taking Lantern Bearer levels.


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

As subscribers will be getting their stuff soon a few questions come to mind,

1. What other archetypes are there other then the cold iron warden?

2. Are there any goodies for demon hunting Druids?


This PFS legal?


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Modules, Tales Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

Not for at least nine more days, I wager. ;)

Lantern Lodge

Fancy that.. I was just wondering about anything thematically similar to the old prestige class, the Acolyte of the Skin and such... I'm curious to see what magical goodness has been included.


zergtitan wrote:
Now I need to create a character like Dante from Devil May Cry.

My thoughts exactly.

Paizo Employee Developer

ThatEvilGuy wrote:
Ohh... cold iron warden... I really hope it's not the demon slaying version of the vampire hunter archetype and has some neat, original abilities!

It's a pretty awesome archetype.


John Compton wrote:
ThatEvilGuy wrote:
Ohh... cold iron warden... I really hope it's not the demon slaying version of the vampire hunter archetype and has some neat, original abilities!
It's a pretty awesome archetype.

The best archetype ever created? :D

Shadow Lodge

Personally, I'm really hoping this one focuses a lot of Clerics and Paladins, with a lesser bit for Rangers and Inquisitors. A Divine magus might be cool, but otherwise I could really do without any more Bard, Magus, Monk, or Rogue archtypes or options for a bit, and they really do not fit here. I'd much rather have a Cavalier style planar warden than an Alchemist, too.

Paizo Employee Developer

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ThatEvilGuy wrote:
John Compton wrote:
ThatEvilGuy wrote:
Ohh... cold iron warden... I really hope it's not the demon slaying version of the vampire hunter archetype and has some neat, original abilities!
It's a pretty awesome archetype.
The best archetype ever created? :D

I tend to shy away from superlatives, but I suspect folks will enjoy this one quite a bit. Its powers all tie into hunting demons, but they don't cripple the character when dealing with other creature types.


John Compton wrote:
ThatEvilGuy wrote:
John Compton wrote:
ThatEvilGuy wrote:
Ohh... cold iron warden... I really hope it's not the demon slaying version of the vampire hunter archetype and has some neat, original abilities!
It's a pretty awesome archetype.
The best archetype ever created? :D
I tend to shy away from superlatives, but I suspect folks will enjoy this one quite a bit. Its powers all tie into hunting demons, but they don't cripple the character when dealing with other creature types.

That's exactly what I was hoping for. Very cool. I can't wait until Wednesday.


ThatEvilGuy wrote:


That's exactly what I was hoping for. Very cool. I can't wait until Wednesday.

You mean Thursday :)


nighttree wrote:
ThatEvilGuy wrote:


That's exactly what I was hoping for. Very cool. I can't wait until Wednesday.
You mean Thursday :)

NO! WEDNESDAY! THE RULES WILL CHANGE FOR ME!!! I WILL BUY IT EARLIER!!!!!

Well. Look at that. I have no idea why it was stuck in my head that it was on Wednesday. I should be right!!


ThatEvilGuy wrote:
nighttree wrote:
ThatEvilGuy wrote:


That's exactly what I was hoping for. Very cool. I can't wait until Wednesday.
You mean Thursday :)

NO! WEDNESDAY! THE RULES WILL CHANGE FOR ME!!! I WILL BUY IT EARLIER!!!!!

Well. Look at that. I have no idea why it was stuck in my head that it was on Wednesday. I should be right!!

Probably because they usually release on Wednesdays....I was thrown at first as well ;)

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