Confront the creatures that go bump in the night! Bestiary 4 presents hundreds of new monsters for use in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Within this tome of terrors you’ll find pitiless psychopomps and blood-drinking nosferatu, insectile formians and faceless nightgaunts, and even unique mythological horrors like Spring- Heeled Jack and Grendel himself. Yet not every creature need be an enemy, as mighty empyreal lords, primeval outer dragons, and valorous swan maidens enlist you in their epic battles!
The Bestiary 4 for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game has been one of the more favorites of the Bestiary series for me and I'd like to take a moment to tell you why.
To start, the Bestiary 4 has added everything from new types of fey to additional golems as well as the more prominent and popular Kaiju, Great Old Ones, and Empyreal Lords. Paizo's inclusion of these creatures that've gone on to become pop culture legends in their own right is a direct result of the designer's dedication to getting their monsters right. The Bestiary 4 is an awesome sourcebook and stands right up there with the Bestiary 3 in terms of 'fantasy verisimilitude,' hardening gamers resolve against such villainous foes as Cthulhu himself.
Not every book is a perfect image of idolatry however and the Bestiary 4 is no exception. While it's true that this book is littered with new baddies for your players to chase and new races for their characters to face, it is also bogged down with what seems to be an over-saturation of multiple page monsters. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it does seem as if several of these creatures could've used a proverbial trimming before being posted.
If you don't mind a bit of length though and you want more vile beasts for your players to square off against then the Bestiary 4 is yet another wonderful book to add to your collection and one that comes Five-Star recommended by your Severed Ronin.
This is a good Bestiary. I'd personally put it up with Bestiary 3, with both having a good mix of classic, mythological, and completely new monsters.
There's a bit of a horror them and a bit of a mythic theme, but neither is overwhelming. If you're looking for a whole book of mythic monsters, this isn't it. If you're worried the whole book is mythic monsters, there aren't that many in practice.
For me, the evocative flavor on the high CR creatures pushes it over the top. The demon lords, empyreals, and great old ones really feel like epic creatures.
If you're sure you don't need any more monsters... don't buy this book. That said, I wasn't sure if I needed any more monsters and was definitely impressed by this.
Short Version: These are sweet monsters, but only you know whether you want more monsters.
I think I’ve made it very clear that I am a huge geek and have been for many, many years. If you are unsure of this claim, just glance back at some of my posts from earlier this year where I discuss collecting comics and whatnot. So I’m sure that it will come as no surprise to anyone when I confess that I love roleplaying games. From Dungeons & Dragons to R.I.F.T.S. to DragonLance, I love just about all things fantasy related. A couple of years ago, I stumbled upon the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, and now I have a new obsession. Pathfinder is an amazing gaming system that both old and new role-players will love.
If you are a visual person for the most part, like me, then you’ll love this new bestiary. The book is crammed full of creatures and monsters alike, complete with stats, origin histories and color pictures. The detailed graphics of each entry are an excellent companion to help describe who or what is attacking your party.
My favorite aspect of this bestiary is the inclusion of the Great Old Ones, which are none other than deities that exist in the worlds of H.P. Lovecraft. As a HUGE Lovecraft fan, this was an amazing surprise, and I am whole-heartedly inserting some of these beasties into my own campaigns. Of particular note is the great Cthulhu himself! It just doesn’t get much better.
The PATHFINDER ROLEPLAYING GAME: BESTIARY 4 is a huge win for me and it’s a definite must-own if you enjoy RPGs. But whether you play or not, you should certainly pick this one up anyway, if just to see the detailed artwork. The book is available now.
Long time waiting but here it is, a new hardcover bestiary, and it is worth the wait.
-A lot of new fey.
-Cool new true dragons and some cool new non-true dragons.
-10 playable races.
-Lovecraftian horrors and even Old Ones.
-More mythical creatures from different cultures.
-Movie inspired creatures like the Bodyfilcher.
-Interesting new giants.
-A great selection of plant creatures.
-A lot of interesting new golems, clockworks, and other constructs.
-Some actually interesting undead.
-No new 0HD races, all of them reprints.
-Disapointing Empyreal lords mental stats.
-Not as many creatures, too many 2 page creatures.
-Still too few elementals.
But all in all a solid investment and who knows how long it will be until the next one.
When I first saw this, all I could think was “They brought in Cthulhu? Well, they obviously ran out of ideas”. I am pleased to say, I was more wrong than right.
Most of the book is dedicated to towering enemies and H.P.Lovecraft stories. With this you can reenact your favorite horror story or run a real God vs. God battle. Paizo even stated a Pathfinder god. Good thing it’s only Pazuzu – the least lovable of the top three demon lords. You also get 2 lesser lords, Dagon and Kostchtchie, so you can send your party all the way through hell.
There are two must-have monsters that should have been included in earlier bestiaries: kitsune and nosferatu.
As per tradition, many monsters from adventure paths are put into the bestiary. And, as per tradition, there are new dragons. My favorites are the clockwork dragon, nycar and the drakes.
There are quite a lot of new interesting dwellers to the world of Pathfinder. The formian ant centaurs are a promising swarming neutral enemy. The leaf ray should turn any forests into magical wonderland. The living topiary is a great urban ambush monster. The Asian themed monsters are always a great welcome. The kaiju are homage to the giant monster films, so if your party wants to fight Godzilla, give them Mogaru. Some space and time dwelling creatures. More giant bugs. Three new lycanthropes: bat, crocodile and shark. Colossuses are a beautiful surprise weapons of mass destruction – when will your party suspect that the entire castle can be animated into a knight? They even threw in the Wickerman for Nicolas Cage fans.
The first 3 bestiaries had enemies up to level 24, so those running mythic adventures really need this book with its opponents going up to 30. But if in the reviews and lists you don’t find anything worth adding to your games, you may want to skip this one, or just get the PDF.
Let’s hope Paizo takes its time releasing Bestiary 5, as this book is hard to digest.