First Look at Pathfinder Remastered Covers

Thursday, April 27, 2023

This morning, at the annual GAMA EXPO game industry trade show, Paizo publisher Erik Mona unveiled the sketches of the just-announced Pathfinder Player Core and Pathfinder GM Core hardcovers to hobby game retailers and distributors. We will update the product pages for the new books when the final full-color pieces arrive in the coming weeks, but Pathfinder cover artist Wayne Reynolds’s illustrations have us so excited we couldn’t wait to show them off to you in all their glory.

Receiving a new cover sketch from Wayne is one of the true highlights of life behind the scenes at Paizo. Whenever they arrive, the creative staff gathers around to marvel at their beauty and pick out all the fun little details Wayne always adds above and beyond the simple descriptions we provide him. Wayne Reynolds has been one of the most important contributors to Pathfinder since the very beginning, and it’s a pity that his pencil sketches are not often seen outside the building.

So, we decided to change that this time around—not just by showing off his sketches here on the blog, but also on your own game tables.

Pathfinder Second Edition Remaster Player Core Pathfinder Second Edition GM Core Sketch Cover


For the first time, we’re bringing Wayne’s sketches to your game table with the Pathfinder Second Edition Remaster Project. This November, in addition to the standard fully painted covers for the Pathfinder Player Core and Pathfinder GM Core, we’ll also be offering unique Sketch Cover editions of the rulebooks, only with a catch.

For the first four months of their release, Pathfinder Sketch Cover versions of the new core rulebooks will be available EXCLUSIVELY at hobby retailers worldwide. We will not be offering these editions to online or bookstore retailers, ever! We also do not intend to reprint these editions beyond our modest initial print run. We’ll retain a small number to sell on paizo.com after the 120-day exclusivity period for folks who do not have access to a local game store, but these special editions are intended to support our local game store partners who have been such a big part of Pathfinder’s success since the very beginning. We urge you to communicate your interest in these special books to your local store, so that they can be sure to stock appropriately.

Lastly, take another look at those cover sketches. Each debuts a brand new type of official Pathfinder dragon that will appear in March 2024’s Pathfinder Monster Core. Wayne developed the dragons from concept art by Paizo’s very own in-house concept artist, Kent Hamilton.

Very soon, we’ll return here to show off some of Kent’s preliminary dragon concept designs and learn a bit more about Pathfinder’s new core dragons!

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Wayfinders

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Oh! Those are absolutely beautiful!

Grand Lodge

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Hardbacks only or pocked sized too?


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I want, I need. The things these covers do to me.

I need to go pen a freaking love song about these.

Do the whole set like this.


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That's a cute trick. Perk merch. I like it.


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Do want!


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Oh that is truly stunning.


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Oooooh, I was only planning on getting the PDF, but DANG. I want to treat myself to a sketch cover.


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I like how the dragons look like they're on the GM's side. Eating the adventurers on the player's book while the gm sits astride one on the gm book. Most beautiful.

Paizo Employee Rule and Lore Creative Director

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For those wondering, that's the new diabolic dragon on the Player Core and the new mirage dragon on the GM Core. :)

Shout outs to the ever amazing Kent Hamilton for concepting those dragons in-house and, of course, to the inimitable Wayne Reynolds for making them look absolutely killer on these covers!

Horizon Hunters

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"the creative staff gathers around to marvel at their beauty and pick out all the fun little details Wayne always adds" Haha i can picture that!

The new dragons are more imposing than ever! He even put Feiya on the cover! I loved both illustrations.


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Will, this be part of the special edition subscription? Because I want them

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Hey friends, things are moving fast ever since January! The retailer edition is different from the special edition. The latter, we will be able to sell on the street date, and the former we won’t be able to sell on paizo.com until 120 days later. The pocket edition will come 90 days after street date. I don’t believe there will be a retailer version of the pocket edition. I’ll reply to this, if any of this information is not correct. :)

Sovereign Court

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Looks like I'll be buying three copies of these books! Regular, sketch, and special edition. Looking forward to seeing what the special edition covers will be.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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For those also wondering, yes, that's Runelord Xanderghul on the mirage dragon for the GM Core. We've put a runelord and their dragon buddy on the previous two GM books, after all.


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That's an amazing way to take back the dragons! Wow!

Horizon Hunters

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Luis Loza wrote:
Shout outs to the ever amazing Kent Hamilton for concepting those dragons in-house

They look beautiful and that's why I need more! Their Lore, their Colors, their statblock and a blog with Kent explaining his creative process and his inspirations!!


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Oh, that's Xanderghul on the GM cover. I wonder if that means he might be coming back... he kinda got screwed over in Return of the Runelords, IMO. :p

James Jacobs wrote:
For those also wondering, yes, that's Runelord Xanderghul on the mirage dragon for the GM Core. We've put a runelord and their dragon buddy on the previous two GM books, after all.

Dang, ninja'ed by James himself.


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Oh wow that's a lot sooner than even I was willing to believe. Looks nice~. (For some reason I was expecting to see a 4th Iconic there; even the current CRB has 3!)

Dark Archive

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Those look great!

What color are the dragons? Oh, it doesn't matter. I like that just seeing a dragon's color won't tell you what its special abilities are anymore. Can't wait to see the new dragons.


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Wish I lived in the US, I would definitely get the Sketch Cover Editions. They're awesome!


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magnuskn wrote:

Oh, that's Xanderghul on the GM cover. I wonder if that means he might be coming back... he kinda got screwed over in Return of the Runelords, IMO. :p

James Jacobs wrote:
For those also wondering, yes, that's Runelord Xanderghul on the mirage dragon for the GM Core. We've put a runelord and their dragon buddy on the previous two GM books, after all.
Dang, ninja'ed by James himself.

Alaznist was also dealt with prior to Pathfinder 2E despite appearing on the GMG 2e cover, so I'm guessing it will be much the same in this case.


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FLGS exclusive special editions? I love it!

Can't wait to hear more about the new dragons.


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Xethik wrote:
Alaznist was also dealt with prior to Pathfinder 2E despite appearing on the GMG 2e cover, so I'm guessing it will be much the same in this case.

Probably. I may just have some residual saltyness that the writers raised some actual redemption potential with Xanderghul, only to canonically roast his soul upon a spit in the last volume, while Belimarius, who by her attitude alone is much more likely to get killed by player characters, gets to canonically run Edasseril.


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Will the new core dragons include lovable and wholesome dragons and also sadistic and cruel dragons, like how chromatic and metallic dragons were?

Could any of the new dragons out-wholesome the lovable brass boi? Or out-malice the cruel red?


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Luis Loza wrote:

For those wondering, that's the new diabolic dragon on the Player Core and the new mirage dragon on the GM Core. :)

Shout outs to the ever amazing Kent Hamilton for concepting those dragons in-house and, of course, to the inimitable Wayne Reynolds for making them look absolutely killer on these covers!

Question

The diabolic dragon looks sick and I imagine it’ll be fun to fight

But will any of the new dragons be lovable and wholesome, like my currently favorite dragon, brass dragons (whom I lovingly refer to as ‘Brass Bois’)?


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magnuskn wrote:
Xethik wrote:
Alaznist was also dealt with prior to Pathfinder 2E despite appearing on the GMG 2e cover, so I'm guessing it will be much the same in this case.
Probably. I may just have some residual saltyness that the writers raised some actual redemption potential with Xanderghul, only to canonically roast his soul upon a spit in the last volume, while Belimarius, who by her attitude alone is much more likely to get killed by player characters, gets to canonically run Edasseril.

In my home game I attempted to rectify this by making Xanderghul much, much more insidious and actively evil. But I do agree that he could have been developed further and pose a greater threat - or seen a chance at redemption.


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These look phenomenal...hopefully we can get some puzzles with these new covers as well as other merch :)


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Dang not even an online retail possiblity of getting these. I hate living in the 3rd world.


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Is the color on the binding green? What ever color it is, it looks so good.


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It says "Worldwide" I would hope it includes Sweden too, told my FLG about this and they're eager to hopefully get their hands on this!


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I am going to need these in puzzle form asap

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I love paizo's tradition of having runelord appear with a dragon on game mastery guide covers :'D Its awesome and nostalgic

magnuskn wrote:
Xethik wrote:
Alaznist was also dealt with prior to Pathfinder 2E despite appearing on the GMG 2e cover, so I'm guessing it will be much the same in this case.
Probably. I may just have some residual saltyness that the writers raised some actual redemption potential with Xanderghul, only to canonically roast his soul upon a spit in the last volume, while Belimarius, who by her attitude alone is much more likely to get killed by player characters, gets to canonically run Edasseril.

Hey, maybe PC party saved his soul! We don't know x'D


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Just reached out to my FLGS about em! So hype for the new remaster

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magnuskn wrote:
Oh, that's Xanderghul on the GM cover. I wonder if that means he might be coming back... he kinda got screwed over in Return of the Runelords, IMO. :p

Stay tuned, for now! ;-)

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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Xethik wrote:
magnuskn wrote:

Oh, that's Xanderghul on the GM cover. I wonder if that means he might be coming back... he kinda got screwed over in Return of the Runelords, IMO. :p

James Jacobs wrote:
For those also wondering, yes, that's Runelord Xanderghul on the mirage dragon for the GM Core. We've put a runelord and their dragon buddy on the previous two GM books, after all.
Dang, ninja'ed by James himself.
Alaznist was also dealt with prior to Pathfinder 2E despite appearing on the GMG 2e cover, so I'm guessing it will be much the same in this case.

And before that, Karzoug was dealt with before the 1E GameMastery Guide.

This won't be the last we see Xanderghul in 2E, in other words...


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Only concern is whether my game store will stock them. :|
Either way super excited for them!

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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magnuskn wrote:
Xethik wrote:
Alaznist was also dealt with prior to Pathfinder 2E despite appearing on the GMG 2e cover, so I'm guessing it will be much the same in this case.
Probably. I may just have some residual saltyness that the writers raised some actual redemption potential with Xanderghul, only to canonically roast his soul upon a spit in the last volume, while Belimarius, who by her attitude alone is much more likely to get killed by player characters, gets to canonically run Edasseril.

Or maybe the plans I've got for Xanderghul kinda needed things to happen they way they did in "Return of the Runelords," and the choices we made in canonizing that Adventure Path are intentional and, maybe, just maybe, setting up something for the future?


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James Jacobs wrote:
magnuskn wrote:
Oh, that's Xanderghul on the GM cover. I wonder if that means he might be coming back... he kinda got screwed over in Return of the Runelords, IMO. :p
Stay tuned, for now! ;-)

Could you possibly answer my question about dragons that I posted in this thread a little bit ago?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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CaptainRelyk wrote:

Will the new core dragons include lovable and wholesome dragons and also sadistic and cruel dragons, like how chromatic and metallic dragons were?

Could any of the new dragons out-wholesome the lovable brass boi? Or out-malice the cruel red?

1) Yes to both, I suspect and hope.

2) The existing dragons in 2nd edition aren't vanishing from the game. You can still use them in your games in the remastered rules. And we'll continue to have them play roles in Golarion in remastered adventures... but that's a "later and down the line" goal for us. We want to put some of our new dragons front and center in the Monster Core to build some of our own scaly friends and foes!

Dark Archive

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Luis Loza wrote:

For those wondering, that's the new diabolic dragon on the Player Core and the new mirage dragon on the GM Core. :)

Shout outs to the ever amazing Kent Hamilton for concepting those dragons in-house and, of course, to the inimitable Wayne Reynolds for making them look absolutely killer on these covers!

I'm still confused of whats difference between diabolic dragons and the hell/abaddon/abyss themed planar dragons? :O


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James Jacobs wrote:
CaptainRelyk wrote:

Will the new core dragons include lovable and wholesome dragons and also sadistic and cruel dragons, like how chromatic and metallic dragons were?

Could any of the new dragons out-wholesome the lovable brass boi? Or out-malice the cruel red?

1) Yes to both, I suspect and hope.

2) The existing dragons in 2nd edition aren't vanishing from the game. You can still use them in your games in the remastered rules. And we'll continue to have them play roles in Golarion in remastered adventures... but that's a "later and down the line" goal for us. We want to put some of our new dragons front and center in the Monster Core to build some of our own scaly friends and foes!

Huh, remastered adventures confirmed

Also, *only* remastered adventures? So new adventures are never going to have a show dragons again?

Glad you have reasons to suspect we will be getting different personalities for the new dragons though

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I think he meant adventures published after pathfinder remastered is released? Unless hardcover compilations or something


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James Jacobs wrote:
Stay tuned, for now! ;-)
James Jacobs wrote:
Or maybe the plans I've got for Xanderghul kinda needed things to happen they way they did in "Return of the Runelords," and the choices we made in canonizing that Adventure Path are intentional and, maybe, just maybe, setting up something for the future?

Well, dang, now you got me pretty hyped. :) The new books actually might (might... no promises) make me look into getting into buying some 2E stuff, so if you are planning some Runelord related stuff, that would fit right into those plans.


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James Jacobs wrote:
magnuskn wrote:
Xethik wrote:
Alaznist was also dealt with prior to Pathfinder 2E despite appearing on the GMG 2e cover, so I'm guessing it will be much the same in this case.
Probably. I may just have some residual saltyness that the writers raised some actual redemption potential with Xanderghul, only to canonically roast his soul upon a spit in the last volume, while Belimarius, who by her attitude alone is much more likely to get killed by player characters, gets to canonically run Edasseril.
Or maybe the plans I've got for Xanderghul kinda needed things to happen they way they did in "Return of the Runelords," and the choices we made in canonizing that Adventure Path are intentional and, maybe, just maybe, setting up something for the future?

That's exactly what a nefarious T-rex pretending to be a human would say!


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Although I got to say what happened to Xan-Xan seemed pretty final. :p Absorbed by Abbadon's eclipsed sun and forever dead and all that. ^^

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magnuskn wrote:
Although I got to say what happened to Xan-Xan seemed pretty final. :p Absorbed by Abbadon's eclipsed sun and forever dead and all that. ^^

Maybe Bounded Prince needing to consume [spoilers] to return is actually a thing?

(either way I don't think parties who rescued his soul would derail entire 2e abaddon future plot line or whatever it is xD)


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CorvusMask wrote:
magnuskn wrote:
Although I got to say what happened to Xan-Xan seemed pretty final. :p Absorbed by Abbadon's eclipsed sun and forever dead and all that. ^^

Maybe Bounded Prince needing to consume [spoilers] to return is actually a thing?

(either way I don't think parties who rescued his soul would derail entire 2e abaddon future plot line or whatever it is xD)

Abaddon, Bound Prince, and Runelord nonesense? Sign me up!


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We'll see. :) In any case, looking forward to what James has planned!


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James Jacobs wrote:
For those also wondering, yes, that's Runelord Xanderghul on the mirage dragon for the GM Core. We've put a runelord and their dragon buddy on the previous two GM books, after all.

Just four more GM books to go before you run out of options!

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If you buy these at the FLGS, can you pick up the PDF off the Paizo site at a reduced cost?

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