Starfinder Alien Archive

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Strange aliens both friendly and fearsome fill this tome of creatures designed for use with the Starfinder Roleplaying Game! From the gravity-manipulating frujais and planet-killing novaspawn to space goblins and security robots, the creatures in this codex will challenge adventurers no matter what strange worlds they're exploring. What's more, player rules for a host of creatures let players not just fight aliens, but be them!

Inside Starfinder Alien Archive, you'll find the following:

  • Over 80 bizarre life-forms both classic and new, from the reptilian ikeshtis and energy-bodied hallajins to robotic anacites and supernatural entities from beyond the realms of mortals.
  • Over 20 races with full player rules, letting you play everything from a winged dragonkin to a hyperevolved floating brain.
  • New alien technology to help give your character an edge, including weapons, armor, magic items, and more.
  • A robust NPC-creation system to let Game Masters build any aliens or creatures they can imagine.
  • New rules for magical monster summoning, quick templates to modify creatures on the fly, and more!

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-975-2

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Definitely gets the creative juices flowing!

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Lots of variety, amazing artwork, new spells, playable races, and creation rules. What's not to like?


the examples are awesome but the customization is where it shines

*****

This book is really good for building a ridiculous variety of monsters for the PCs to fight, I love it, even if the dragons section was a little weird to parse at first (you have to build them from scratch more than I expected, and no suggested sizes) the dragons come out great, and its a great balance of a complex encounter and easy to parse. Thanks!


Great starting point!

*****

Not only does this book provide many fun and bizarre aliens to use in your game, but sets up the rules to convert any Pathfinder monster into Starfinder rather quickly. Subsequent Archives should therefore be much bigger and that's exciting!


Half a book

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This is half a monster manual sold at full price, definitely not worth it


Great variety

*****

One nice thing here is that you can create so many different Alien characters easily.

There are a lot of Aliens and monsters... and the template system is very nice: you can easily mix things up, surprise your players, mix and match. Very open ended, yet easy to use.

And nice spells and such too.

A good book!


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Starfinder doesn't use Templates, they use "grafts", which will be in this book.


Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:
Starfinder doesn't use Templates, they use "grafts", which will be in this book.

Huh... "quick templates to modify creatures on the fly"...

Ok, maybe my comment was miswritten. I was actually wondering about what kind of templates we might get here. Honestly, I'd love to get a template that changes a creature's physiology based on the planet. The same bird on Golarion won't have the same characteristics if it lived on Castrovel or Akiton.

Believe me, if they publish this template, that woudl save a LOT of time and would use ALL of the PF Bestiaries someone might have since the beginning.

Dark Archive

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Well, hopefully with fewer pages of AWESOME they won't have to worry about potential binding issues from trying to fit too much into a smaller living space?


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

It doesn't surprise me that this book is smaller...Bestiary 1 was comprised almost entirely of SRD monsters supplemented (I think?) by monsters from the first few APs. Starfinder has to start from scratch, without even the benefit of a few APs to yank things from.

Dark Archive

some possible races in the book*

some possible creatures in the book*

*some are already in the "Alien Archive" sections of AP#1 and probably won´t be in this AA, but maybe in AA 2.

Silver Crusade

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Marco Massoudi wrote:

some possible races in the book*

some possible creatures in the book*

*some are already in the "Alien Archive" sections of AP#1 and probably won´t be in this AA, but maybe in AA 2.

Several of those are in the First Contact, nothing new apart from wrikreechee and maraquoi.

Dark Archive

Gorbacz wrote:
Marco Massoudi wrote:

some possible races in the book*

some possible creatures in the book*

*some are already in the "Alien Archive" sections of AP#1 and probably won´t be in this AA, but maybe in AA 2.

Several of those are in the First Contact, nothing new apart from wrikreechee and maraquoi.

Most creatures in Starfinder: First Contact are gonna be reprinted in Alien Archive (Space pirates being the only exception i think).

Also we havn´t had Starfinder stats for Drow, Formian, Shobad & Grey yet.


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Im excited. Can't wait for these new monsters so I can actually run some non-society stuff without killing my sleep schedule, plus the art for Starfinder has been really high-quality so the $10 for the PDF is worth it just for the art alone.

Dark Archive

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I just hope my order isn't causing breakdowns because:

1. Picked up physical Copy of Core at GenCon

2. Physical copy had the binder issue.

3. They had to jiggle the system to send a replacement (because I selected 'pick up in person').

4. Physical copy had the binder issue.

5. Waiting to hear back on how we're going to try and fix it so the binder issue is not an issue (and researching how to fix it locally to perhaps not have another Core sent)

6. Enough ego, waiting to see and hope and pray that we'll see it soon. Subscriber powers: GO!


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Really? Still nothing?


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Patience.

They're probably still working through the pathfinder only orders. :-)


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captain yesterday wrote:

Patience.

They're probably still working through the pathfinder only orders. :-)

That would be the pattern from last time. Pathfinder only, then Starfinder and Pathfinder/Starfinder


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Marco Massoudi wrote:
Also we havn´t had Starfinder stats for Drow, Formian, Shobad & Grey yet.

And now we do. All include player character racial traits.


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Nice! Did you like the Skittermanders?


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They are so darn helpful. And a little terrifying.

Scarab Sages

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What are the monster summoning rules like? Is it an abstraction with grafts based on CR, or something else entirely?


KingOfNinjas wrote:
They are so darn helpful. And a little terrifying.

Yay!


Did they change akata? Or are they the same as in PF?


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Kryzbyn wrote:
Did they change akata? Or are they the same as in PF?

From the Dead Suns Bestiary they seem to function the same.


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Now I just need to get off work so I can download this.

I need to design a monster for the Dead Suns AP I'm running. My "Part:2" is going through an overhaul.

Critter:
Large frog-like monster that lives around Pipetown. It has been terrorizing residents in the maze-like area.
It feeds off energy discharges around the area to power a lightning attack.

Special Ability: Spend a Resolve Point to attempt a ranged disarm (100 ft.) with a bonus (+4 to compensate for the +8 KAC) to eat weapons powered by batteries.
Next round it can make a lightning bolt attack. Should be good.


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UllarWarlord wrote:
What are the monster summoning rules like? Is it an abstraction with grafts based on CR, or something else entirely?

Spoiler:

Summoning is interesting. You only know four creatures for each level of the spell (this defaults to the four elementals). The table tells you which statblock and template to use, and whatever requirements there are to select the creature.

Most of the outsiders use the elemental base stats with a summoning template applied.

For instance a Daemon is a choice on the 3rd level summon creature list. You start with a Medium elemental base stats and add the Daemon summoning template. This adds DR, immunities, increased movement, skills, languages, and a unique attack that depends on CR. Not every template has an additional attack, but several do.

Skittermander whelp is on the 1st level list.


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Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:
Kryzbyn wrote:
Did they change akata? Or are they the same as in PF?
From the Dead Suns Bestiary they seem to function the same.

They are not updated in Alien Archive, so the Dead Suns Bestiary is definitive.


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KingOfAnything wrote:
So, I kind of have a ...thing for dragons. What are the dragonkin like? Are they playable?

Spoiler:
Glad you asked!

Dragonkin are a playable race. They are large, with a Strength bonus and Dexterity penalty. They have a breath weapon (30-ft cone usable 1/10-minute rest), draconic vision, limited flight, and a permanent partner bond.

The entry includes several levels of dragonglaives: a powered polearm with an electrified blade. They are too heavy for most Medium and smaller creatures to wield.

I'm going to start hoarding SFS boons to trade for this now.


1) Eeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

2) Awesome.

Liberty's Edge

What's the weirdest creature in this?

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Paladinosaur wrote:

What's the weirdest creature in this?

Frank.

Oh he LOOKS like a typical member of his race. And we're happy to have him as our representative illustration for them. But his eating habits and pet conspiracy theories are just... weird.


Pathfinder Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

And it looks as though we will have to wait for a future product (Pact Worlds?) to get rules for undead PCs from Eox.


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Anyone want to spoil us non-subscribers on the racial options? Pretty please?


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PC races in this book: Barathu, Contemplative, Draelik, Dragonkin, Drow, Formian, Goblin (Space), Gray, Haan, Ikeshti, Kalo, Maraquoi, Nuar, Reptoid, Ryphorian, Sarcesian, Shobhad, Skittermander, Urog, Verthani, Witchwyrd, and Wrikreechee.


Thank you Mr Knott. My curiosity has been sated.

Dark Archive

Can somebody post a list of creatures?

If possible with CR, size and type, but that´s not a priority.

Thank you.

Liberty's Edge

Are there any "starship" creatures? And dragons?


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Paladinosaur wrote:
Are there any "starship" creatures? And dragons?

Yes to both.

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Akata in Dead Suns is slightly bit different from Pathfinder version number wise iirc

Anyhoo, what are other creatures from Pathfinder in this book?


I'm especially curious about Demons and Dragons.

Grand Lodge

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It's actually just all skittermanders. Hundreds of pages of the lovely little bastards.


Are the Contemplative, Space Goblin, Haan, and Sarcesian stats different than those presented in First Contact?


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Ventnor wrote:
Are the Contemplative, Space Goblin, Haan, and Sarcesian stats different than those presented in First Contact?

Yes, in various minor ways, since First Contact did not use the final monster rules.


Also, is the Hive in there at all?


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The NPC wrote:
Also, is the Hive in there at all?

If you mean the Swarm, then yes.


David knott 242 wrote:
The NPC wrote:
Also, is the Hive in there at all?

If you mean the Swarm, then yes.

Yes, that. Wait, I thought the Hive (Horror Adventures) and the Swarm we're the same thing.


can any one give more info about dragonkin especially their partner bond ability?

Dark Archive

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The NPC wrote:
David knott 242 wrote:
The NPC wrote:
Also, is the Hive in there at all?

If you mean the Swarm, then yes.

Yes, that. Wait, I thought the Hive (Horror Adventures) and the Swarm we're the same thing.

As far as I know, they aren't same thing since the Hive are xenomorph expies while the Swarm is space locust


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khadgar567 wrote:
can any one give more info about dragonkin especially their partner bond ability?

Partner Bond is basically telepathy and shared initiative, for life.

And the Large Dragonkin evidently are smaller then the ones who served as mounts in the Pathfinder era -- they shrank from the high end of Large to the low end of Large, as best I can tell.


KingOfNinjas wrote:
KingOfAnything wrote:
So, I kind of have a ...thing for dragons. What are the dragonkin like? Are they playable?
** spoiler [about Dragonkin] omitted **

That... doesn't add up...

Why is there a part about "using DNA engineering to reduce size" in the Core Rulebook then?

And no, going from 10 to 8 feet doesn't count as a size reduction... especially if you just don't change size category :S

Well, at least I correctly called the dragon breath and flight XD


Is there any hard and fast rules for size categories or is it all varied from monster to monster?


JiCi wrote:
KingOfNinjas wrote:
KingOfAnything wrote:
So, I kind of have a ...thing for dragons. What are the dragonkin like? Are they playable?
** spoiler [about Dragonkin] omitted **

That... doesn't add up...

Why is there a part about "using DNA engineering to reduce size" in the Core Rulebook then?

To let us know that Dragonkin exist in different sizes.


Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:
JiCi wrote:
KingOfNinjas wrote:
KingOfAnything wrote:
So, I kind of have a ...thing for dragons. What are the dragonkin like? Are they playable?
** spoiler [about Dragonkin] omitted **

That... doesn't add up...

Why is there a part about "using DNA engineering to reduce size" in the Core Rulebook then?

To let us know that Dragonkin exist in different sizes.

I'm so sorry, but... when we're talking "sizes", we're not talking about actual sizes in feet or inches, but size categories, like Small, Medium and Large.

From a first read, it all pointed to having Dragonkin going from Large to Medium, but being 7 feet tall on average.


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I imagine the wing span might have something to do with it.


JiCi wrote:
Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:
JiCi wrote:
KingOfNinjas wrote:
KingOfAnything wrote:
So, I kind of have a ...thing for dragons. What are the dragonkin like? Are they playable?
** spoiler [about Dragonkin] omitted **

That... doesn't add up...

Why is there a part about "using DNA engineering to reduce size" in the Core Rulebook then?

To let us know that Dragonkin exist in different sizes.

I'm so sorry, but... when we're talking "sizes", we're not talking about actual sizes in feet or inches, but size categories, like Small, Medium and Large.

From a first read, it all pointed to having Dragonkin going from Large to Medium, but being 7 feet tall on average.

I know.

But the Core book only says that "some" Dragonkin families underwent the modifications, not all. One day we might get stats for the Medium Dragonkin.

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